The Panama Papers Scandal is a provocation against Russia and…

Summary

The Panama Papers Scandal is a provocation against Russia and demonstrates Western Russophobia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The Panama files revealed the offshore holdings of 140 politicians and public officials from around the world. Western political leaders and public figures were similarly implicated in the scandal (bit.ly/1RxRnbx), .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 22
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/04/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Panama Papers, Provocation, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sergey Minaev's "Bolshinstvo", political talk show, 0:20, 1:50
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Europeans are “zombified”, that is why many of them advocate…

Europeans are “zombified”, that is why many of them advocate for the DCFTA between the EU and Ukraine. Dutch people realised that Ukraine is a corrupt country whose leaders have blood on their hands so they chose to reject the agreement.

Disproof

Media freedom and pluralism is guaranteed in all Member States of the European Union. EU citizens make their own sovereign choices. The Ukrainian army in Eastern Ukraine is defending the country's sovereignty, territorial integrity and citizens (bit.ly/1RMKnDr), .

Europe will never accept Ukraine into its ranks

Europe will never accept Ukraine into its ranks. // If EU governments allowed their people to express their opinions [similarly to the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine DCFTA] the European Union would dissolve.

Disproof

Leaders of the EU have repeatedly reaffirmed that Brussels regards Ukraine as part of the European family (bit.ly/1z99Q7j), . // The Dutch referendum was not about EU membership. // Participatory democracy is one of the principles on which the working of the European Union is founded (bit.ly/1Qh8dX3), . The right to submit a citizens’ initiative is enshrined in the Treaty on European Union. Such instruments are also available to citizens in the majority of the Member States, be it at national, regional or local level (bit.ly/1qSxCBN), .