Disinfo: The UK has announced a competition for “the most humiliating neutral flag and anthem” for the Russian athletes participating in the Winter Olympics


They [the West] are preparing already to make us drink this cup of humiliation, but not like the way we are drinking it now. […] In England they are preparing, for example, for the situation that we will take the decision [the decision of the National Olympic Committee of Russia on the participation of Russian athletes in the Winter Olympics under a neutral flag]. And they are preparing already to meet us in South Korea according to their program: the competition for the most, if possible, humiliating neutral flag for Russia and the anthem.


The show quotes a satirical article published in The Times December 9, 2017. Even the closest monitoring of the British media does not reveal any mention of a real “competition for a neutral flag and anthem" for Russian athletes.


  • Reported in: Issue92
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: South Korea, Russia
  • Keywords: Olympics, Doping


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The Ukrainian authorities have got a record low publicly accepted rating

According to a poll conducted by the Ukrainian TV channel “News One”, the Ukrainian authorities have got a record low publicly accepted rating.

[A video on the screen in the studio shows results of the poll]:

Question:   “If you have a choice now – to choose the previous criminal government or the current one, for whom would you vote?”

Answers:   “For the previous one – 92 %, For the current one – 8%”


Polls conducted by the media reflect the opinion of the audience of these media, and not the entire society. The Ukrainian TV channel "News One" has been criticized by Ukrainians for its pro-Kremlin stances. As for the publicly accepted rating of the "current government" in Ukraine defined by the "News One" as a "record low" and amounting to 8 % now, see for example a list of other polls conducted: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_Ukrainian_presidential_election,_2019,

There are no reliable polls that suggest that a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of Yanukovich return to power. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/92-of-ukrainian-tv-viewers-want-yanukovich-back/

Ukrainians never protest against their government, because they are afraid of the Ukrainian authorities

The question ‘Why do Ukrainians not go out on the streets with stones?’ is naive. There is a simple, very human, everyday and sad answer: they are afraid. Because the current authorities with the support of 8%  have made people very afraid of going out on the streets.


No evidence given. See examples of recent street protests: www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-17/ukraine-protesters-seek-poroshenko-s-removal-at-kiev-rally,

The disinformation is based on misleading polling data by the Ukrainian TV channel "News One" that has been criticized by Ukrainians for its pro-Kremlin stances. Polls conducted by the media reflect the opinion of the audience of these media, and not the entire society. See also a list of other polls conducted: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_Ukrainian_presidential_election,_2019,

President Poroshenko was brought to power by the US and Ukrainian oligarchs in order to establish a nationalist regime in Ukraine

No one will ever believe that [the West, the US and the Ukrainian oligarchs] did not understand what [they] were doing when removing Yanukovich, who had been supposedly thieving around, and then replacing him with the supposed “honest Poroshenko”. Everyone knows what the Ukrainian oligarchs have been doing in Ukraine during 25 years! They were robbing this country! This whole country has been designed in order to get rich. […] It is a monstrous deception of the population of the former splinter of the Soviet empire, by the Americans together with their [Ukrainian] oligarchs! It will end with coming to power of the most radical gang of Ukrainian nationalists. It is all directed against Russia.


As witnessed by the democratic and inclusive Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014, Ukraine is governed now by a democratically elected government, not by the West or the US. The OSCE characterized the elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." http://bit.ly/2g9K0Mp  . The far-right ‘Right Sector’ that is often depicted as "fascists" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets, gained only 1.8% of the votes during Parliament elections held the same year, far short of the threshold needed to enter the Ukrainian Parliament. The electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not extremism or war against any country, including Russia, and the composition of the Parliament reflects that clearly http://bit.ly/2dFFEdi.