The only threat to Sweden is an increased threat of extremism

Summary

According to Anders Thornberg, the head of Sweden’s security service, the only threat to Sweden is that the country is facing an increased threat of extremism.

Disproof

Anders Thorberg, the head of Sweden's security service (Säpo), was recently interviewed by BBC, but the headline of the interview referred to is in fact "Swedish security chief warning on fake news". He specifically mentioned that "It's very important for us to follow this and we are not shy in Sweden - we say that the biggest threat to our security in that perspective is Russia," which is left out in the Georgian article. He also mentions radicalisation and right-wing extremism as rising threats. Further debunking at Myth Detector.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 93
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Russia, Georgia, Sweden
  • Keywords: security threat, fake news, Islamic extremism
  • Outlet: Alt-info.com
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No evidence whatsoever that Russia interfered the US elections in 2016

Despite numerous investigations by various commissions, there is still no evidence about Russia’s influence in the 2016 US presidential elections.

Disproof

There is numerous evidence presented on the Russian attempts to influence the US elections. See the US Intelligence Community report "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”, Twitter's has banned ads on RT and Sputnik over election interference. Facebook acknowledged that it had discovered 3,000 ads from 470 accounts connected to Internet Research Agency (the name of the infamous troll factory in St Petersburg www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html), . It's since revealed that those accounts collectively created 80,000 pieces of content that may have been shared, both organically and through ads, with 126 million people.

Citizens of Ukraine are deported from the EU in masses

Ukrainians are deported from the EU in masses, and these figures have only been growing since the launch of the visa-free regime.

Disproof

The figures presented in the disinforming article do not provide any evidence to the claim about mass deportation. The numbers in the article refer to a period from April to June in 2017, when visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens entered into force on 11 June 2017. The disinforming outlet Ria Novosti refers to "international media", when in fact the source is Rossiiskie Vesti, another outlet frequently spreading disinformation. It also refers to the data of the EU agency Frontex. According to the latest available data from June-October 2017, there were no fundamental changes in the amount of illegal border crossings between Ukraine and the EU. frontex.europa.eu/trends-and-routes/migratory-routes-map/,

Further debunking at Stopfake.org www.stopfake.org/fejk-grazhdan-ukrainy-massovo-deportiruyut-iz-es-i-izrailya/, .

Estonia and Lithuania seek to improve relations with Russia without preconditions

President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, and the Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser have both stated that they are seeking to improve relations with Russia, as is the European Union. Grybauskaite had no preconditions for cooperation with Russia.

Disproof

Both politicians' statements were distorted. President Grybauskaite emphasized in the interview that "the abandonment of the occupied territories, less aggression, lack of interest in manifesting power ... .., influence on elections in our countries ... will make possible cooperation with all our neighbours". The Foreign Minister stated in the cited interview that: "Both Estonia and the EU as a whole are interested in good relations with Russia. To improve relations, it is necessary to restore the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We can not be blind to the fact that Russia in the most serious manner violates international law in Ukraine. No democratic state is ready to recognize in the 21st century the change of borders by armed means. "

Read the full debunk at Stopfake.org www.stopfake.org/fejk-evrosoyuz-stremitsya-uluchshit-otnosheniya-s-rossiej-lyuboj-tsenoj/, .