Disinfo: The West accuses Russia of spreading disinformation without evidence

Summary

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia and China are spreading disinformation to increase influence among NATO countries and the European Union and to destabilise these countries in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, Stoltenberg did not cite specific examples of disinformation from Russia and China. According to him, Russia has turned the mission into a propaganda operation. However, not only the Western Media is engaged in speculation on the topic of coronavirus. Often the US officials also practice unproven accusations and dissemination of misinformation, covering up their failure to fight the infection.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying that any Russian media have been involved in spreading disinformation about the coronavirus and aiming to portray any outside criticism of Russia as a symptom of "Russophobia".

The European External Action Service has issued special reports listing and detailing disinformation narratives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of individual cases is approaching 500 (as of 18 May 2020), and each debunk can be accessed through the EUvsDisinfo database.

The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the coronavirus has been well documented by both media and governments, and some of their elements were widely reported by Russian and international publications.

The coronavirus is a daily topic in pro-Kremlin media, including in state-owned outlets. These messages are characteristic of the pro-Kremlin media’s well-established strategy of using disinformation to amplify divisions, sow distrust and chaos, and exacerbate crisis situations and issues of public concern.

Read similar cases: EU cites zero facts about Russia’s alleged disinformation on coronavirus and Europe is blaming others for its problems with claims about alleged coronavirus “Russian disinformation”.

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  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, fake news, Jens Stoltenberg, Media, NATO, The West
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Paedophilia is legalised in Armenia

Paedophilia is legalised. In fact, a document was adopted, that forces the education system from an early age to teach defilement to children. Including introducing them to the LGBT. For the first time in our legislation, the category of sexual orientation is fixed. That is, LGBT people and other perverts will have separate legal protection.

Disproof

This disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western moral decay, as well as about imposing on countries international conventions and laws that destroy the moral foundations of traditional societies.

Armenian Parliament has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as “the Lanzarote Convention”. The Convention requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe, and beyond, shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators. Armenia has signed the convention in 2010.

A junta took power in Ukraine after 2013-2014 revolution

These militants [Euromaidan participants] know well that without them, without their criminal actions to seize power by force, there would be no Poroshenko or Turchinov, who are correctly called the junta. They gained legitimacy later, already in a destroyed and torn country, where fascists from the streets took power. “The street” understands this perfectly. The militants have reasons to consider themselves a protected caste because they are responsible for the legitimacy of this regime, which took power after the February 2014 events.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup that brought to power a fascist regime.

Ukraine is not governed by a junta. Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the presidential 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."

Poroshenko and the IMF destroyed the Ukrainian banking system

[…] for five years, Poroshenko, Gontareva [the former head of the National Bank of Ukraine], and some IMF representatives have robbed the banking system of Ukraine and plundered the country’s assets. In particular, the National Bank has been destroying banks and the Deposit Guarantee Fund has been selling banks’ assets.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that undermines the banking sector reform in Ukraine and, in particular, the adoption of the anti-oligarch banking law on May 13.

The anti-oligarch banking law, officially titled "Draft Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Improvement of Certain Mechanisms for Banking Regulation", is designed to prevent the return of nationalised or liquidated banks to their owners. Over 100 commercial banks have been closed since the banking reform started in 2014.