Disinfo: The Notre-Dame fire might have been a terror attack


Could the Notre Dame fire in Paris be a terror-attack kept secret from the people? Could be, and the motive for this secrecy is obvious. EU elections take place in few weeks’ time. If just before the election the public would be informed that for example Muslims have burned one of the most remarkable buildings in Europe, this would have an impact on the outcome of the elections. This is a big motive to keep the real cause of the fire a secret.


Recurring disinformation about the causes of the Notre Dame of Paris fire.

The cause of the fire at Notre Dame is not yet clear, the investigation is ongoing. According to the official investigation, most likely an accident occurred due to renovation works activity, which started more then one year ago at Notre-Dame. In particular, according to firemen, the fire started in the area under renovation. The fire began from a spire which was encircled in scaffolding.

See other disinformation cases on Notre Dame fire.

MV-lehti's editor in chief resided for years in occupied Donetsk and founded another media outlet there. In the "About" section of the website the war in Ukraine is described as a "civil war", which is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. See the archived version of the web page here. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation". This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.


  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Finnish
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: Notre Dame, EU elections 2019, Muslim/Islam


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Ukrainian and Belarusian national clothes as tools of destruction of the Russian state

Belarusians, Ukrainians and Russians are part of the Russian people. The differences between Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian vyshivankas (national embroidered clothes) are exaggerated. The focus on insignificant differences and politicization of this issue inevitably result in the rise of Nationalism, followed by Nazism. Ukrainian and — lately— Belarusian national clothes are anti-Russian tools. Their popularization aims to destroy statehoods, including the Russian statehood. Anyone who attempts to politicize the issue of vyshivanka should be criminally persecuted for assault on constitutional order.

Only one scenario will prevent Ukraine and Belarus from sliding into Nazism through the politicisation of national clothes: if the two countries become a Russian western federal area without a right for self-determination.


The allegation that popularization of national clothes in Ukraine and Belarus targets Russia's statehood is ungrounded conspiracy. This message contains Russian irredentist ideology of All-Russian nation and is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Ukraine and Nazism, and West's attempts to destabilize Belarus and to push it to follow the 'Ukraine's path'.

The All-Russian nation is an Imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology which at present-time is one pro-Kremlin narratives aimed at weakening national identity of Belarusian and Ukrainians and these countries' sovereignty. Ukraine and Belarus are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.

Washington is clearly responsible for the war in Donbas

An escalation of violence and a revolt of which we know nothing or almost nothing in the West. 13 thousand deaths that are unknown because the cause seems heard. Not recognized by the international community and because it is pro-Russian self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk would have no word to say.
Who is responsible for these wars? Who continues to pour oil on the fire? Who wants to oppose the European peoples? It’s clearly Washington. Yugoslavia was destroyed because it did not correspond to the geopolitical strategy of Washington, the Atlantists, the neoconservatives, the hawks.. It’s the same situation in Ukraine. Who financed, who paid the Maidan? Who paid Ukrainian extremists to make them physically, violently bring down the democratically elected president of Ukraine? Yanukovich was ousted by Washington because Washington does not want Ukraine to remain in the Russian world at all.


No evidence given. Recurrent conspiracy narrative that there are no naturally grown, grass roots movement in Ukraine and other countries, and the protests are driven only "by Washington". In the case of Ukraine, the 2013 Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the previous debunk here.

Overwhelming evidence confirms that Russia participates in the conflict with Ukraine sending mercenaries to Donbas. This is happening amid the absence of full Russia-Ukraine demarcation. Last time the demarcation was postponed in 2010. Russian ministry of foreign affairs does not recognize the unilateral demarcation declared by Ukraine after 2014.

After a coup Kiyv imposed siege on the people of Donbas

Five years ago, after a coup, Kiyv sent its army to Donbas to impose a siege affecting around 4 million people – all because people of Donbas wanted to defend their right to speak their own language.

The people were deprived of food, medicine and other products. Russian passports are salvation and a humanitarian response.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Euromaidan and war in East Ukraine.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the previous debunk here.