Disinfo: The goal of the Crimea takeover was to save it from Donbas-like civil war


A big Russian civilisation concept envisages neither the change in the status of newly independent states nor the territorial expansion of Russia. Crimea accession to Russia was an exception, aimed to save the peninsula from imminent civil war following the Donbas scenario. As we can see, Kremlin does not intend to join South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Donetsk and Luhansk popular republics.

A big Russian civilization differs from European-Transatlantic one with its eclecticism when it comes to politics and values. Instead, the US and Europe rely on the totalitarian promotion of extended understanding of human rights to the detriment of traditional values. A big Russian civilization also differs from state-controlled Chinese civilization by its level of freedom and openness.


This is a collection of narratives aimed to justify the illegal Crimea annexation, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine. It also aims at portraying Russia as superior to the West in terms of values and morals, which is in line with the pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's moral decay.

Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea went contrary to Ukrainian and international law norms and Russia's aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine are well-established and thoroughly documented. See our earlier analyses of Ukraine-related disinformation and propaganda campaign: Denigrating Ukraine With Disinformation, and Ukraine Under Information Fire.

See earlier cases alleging that in contrast to Russia, western Europe is abandoning Christian roots and that unlike Russia, the West is not about fairness or solidarity and it degrades traditional values and endangers societies, and that all-Russian history is highly moral as opposed to the Western one, which is full of violence and evil.


  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian, Russian
  • Country: China, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Western values, Russian superiority, Russian expansionism, Donbas, Crimea
  • Outlet: Rossiyskiye Vesti Teleskop
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The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact did not pave the way for the outbreak of the Second World War

The statement from MEPs that the Second World War began because of the signing of the Non-aggression Treaty between Germany and the USSR on 23 August 1939 has nothing to do with history.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about World War Two and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. It is a part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as non-aggressive.

The "Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact" was accompanied by a secret supplementary protocol on the delimitation of areas of mutual interest in Eastern Europe. In particular, Hitler and Stalin agreed to divide Poland. The agreement also indicated that the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as Bessarabia and Finland, also belonged to the respective areas of interest of Germany and the USSR. Just a week after the signing of the Pact, the German attack on Poland started World War II. Two weeks later, Soviet troops entered Polish territory.

The red Army Liberated Estonia, the Nazi army wanted to blow up Tallinn

The Red Army liberated Tallinn from fascists. After the liberation 75 objects with mines were discovered and 100 tonnes of explosives was removed. The fascists had placed mines in industry and government buildings, but also resident houses.


The German’s alleged plan to blow up a number of buildings upon leaving Tallinn has not been proven.

Tallinn was not liberated but occupied: "On September 22, 1944, when the Red Army arrived in Tallinn, the Germans had already left the city. On 18. September, Otto Tief’s Republic of Estonia’s Constitutional Government, which had been formed by Prime Minister Jüri Uluots acting on behalf of the President was in force." That Estonian Government "affirmed the juridical continuation of the Republic of Estonia, and it showed that Estonia accepted neither the Soviet occupation nor the 3-year period of German occupation".

Ukrainians will be paid for snitching on local corrupt officials and “separatists”

The team of the President of Ukraine announced their intention to create a special service that will engage in “cooperation with conscious citizens” and process information received on the activities of local corrupt officials and persons who violate the territorial integrity of the country.


The "press event" RIA FAN refers to in its text, is in fact the Ukraine's parliament’s (Verkhovna Rada) passing of Presidential Bill No. 1010 to amend the law "On Prevention of Corruption" regarding whistle-blowers.

In particular, the bill proposes that the said law be amended to define a legal status of corruption whistle-blowers, their rights and safety guarantees, provide conditions for the disclosure of relevant information, regulate the disclosure procedure, exempt whistle-blowers from legal liability for disclosure of information on corruption-related offences and ensure their protection by the government, including their labour rights. According to the bill, a whistle-blower is a person who, being convinced that the information is reliable, has reported facts of corruption or corruption-related offences, and other violations of law on the prevention of corruption to the relevant authorities. An employee with the relevant body may report on possible facts of corruption or corruption-related offences anonymously.