Disinfo: The US aided Georgia only with useless shoes in the time of crisis

Summary

The United States and NATO did not help Georgia during the fight against the wildfire raging in Borjomi Gorge. Instead, they only donated 500 pairs of cheap shoes – which are usually used for burial rituals of the homeless in the U.S.

Disproof

The statement that Americans bury people in fire-proof boots of the kind donated to Georgia is false. The 500 pairs of boots donated by the U.S. Government were specifically requested by Georgia's Emergency Management Agency. In addition, the shoes were designed in Georgia by a former member of the Georgian Special Forces and they are based on combat specifications. These leather footgear are resistant up to 300 degrees Celsius and protect the foot from sharp debris penetration. police.ge/ge/shss-s-mekhandzre-mashvelebs-amerikis-sheertebuli-shtatebis-elchis-movaleobis-shemsrulebeli-shekhvda/10960, . Further debunking by Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/disinformation-about-american-fire-rescue-boots, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 81
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/09/2017
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
see more

Moldovan workers live in poverty after the European integration has started

A simple qualified worker can hardly find a job now and lives in poverty in contrast to the victorious reports of Moldovan authorities about how living has become better during the European integration.

Disproof

The unemployment rate in Moldova decreased to 3.5 percent in the second quarter of 2017 from 4 percent a year earlier. Unemployment Rate in Moldova averaged 6.28 percent from 2000 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 13 percent in the first quarter of 2006 and a record low of 2.90 percent in the third quarter of 2016. Conclusion: before signing the Association Agreement with EU, the unemployment rate has been even higher than it is now. tradingeconomics.com/moldova/unemployment-rate, According to World Bank, Moldova has experienced rapid economic growth in the past decade, which has been accompanied by reductions in poverty and good performance in shared prosperity. Nonetheless, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe and faces challenges in sustaining the progress. documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/168451467995808859/Poverty-reduction-and-shared-prosperity-in-Moldova-progress-and-prospects,

Ukrainian arms flood into Poland

Ukrainian arms flood into Poland. Just last year tens of thousands of weapons were smuggled into Poland.It seems that the purpose is to build an underground Ukrainian army.

Disproof

In 2014 Polish authorities confiscated 14 weapons on the Ukraine-Poland border, 26 items in 2015 and 30 in 2016. In 2017 Polish authorities confiscated 49 smuggled weapons. On its website Poland’s Border Service provides information on all arms confiscated on its borders. www.strazgraniczna.pl/pl/granica/statystyki-sg/2206,Statystyki-SG.html, . No evidence suggesting that an underground army is being created. Further debunking: www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukrainian-arms-flood-into-poland/,

Donbas soldiers and Russian volunteers are fighting to prevent a genocide of the people of Donbas

Donbas soldiers and Russian volunteers are fighting to prevent a genocide of the people of Donbas.

Disproof

Debunking an already debunked disinformation, no evidence given for these claims. There were no confirmed reports prior to Russian intervention of any ethnic Russians being threatened in Ukraine; only allegations perpetuated by pro-Kremlin outlets. No evidence of genocide has been provided.