Disinfo: The West imposed sanctions against Russia to control its natural resources


“We live in the country with the largest territory in the world. The richest natural resources […] Sanctions have been imposed with the aim to put our resources under the control of foreign businessmen”, said Vladislav Ginko, lecturer of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on sanctions.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 120
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: economy, West, Destabilising Russia, Sanctions, Europe


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50 Moscow Patriarchate churches in Ukraine captured over the last four years

Schismatics captured by assault more than 50 Moscow Patriarchate churches in Ukraine since 2014.


There has been no assault. According to the Ukrainian law, the owner of the church building and all church property is not the patriarchy or the diocese, but the parish community, even when the parishioners decide to move from one Church to another.

Further debunk by The Insider.

“They are going to brainwash them”: Kyiv is deploying forces to Western Ukraine

The administration in Kyiv is planning to introduce a 90-day-long state of emergency in Transcarpathia. This will introduce several restrictions for people. A few days ago a document was published, which suggests that Kyiv is losing control over Western Ukraine. Allegedly, the letter was written by Oleg Voyevodin, the head of the Ukrainian Securty Service in Transcarpathia, to Alexander Turchinov. In it, Vojevodin discusses activities that would be performed by the secret services to prepare the region for the state of emergency.

According to the article, there are two possible goals by introducing this state of emergency: there are separatists in Transcarpathia that Kyiv had kept secret before; or they are trying to save Petro Poroshenko’s presidency by making it impossible to hold elections in the whole country.

Additionally, a local Ukrainian reporter shot a video of Ukrainian military units going from Lviv to Transcarpathia.


There is no proof that Ukraine wants to introduce a state of emergency anywhere in the country, and nothing suggests that there are either separatists in Transcarpathia or the administration wants to avoid elections.


Soros tries to sow discord between Europe and China

George Soros tries to sow discord between Europe and China. As soon as Brussels initiated a rapprochement with China, the anti-Chinese human rights activists intensified their activity in Europe. Everyone knows that Human Rights Watch is sponsored by George Soros, who uses it as an instrument to put pressure on the EU or China.


Open Society Foundation is HRW partner, but this does not justify the conclusions the article gives no evidence to.

Conspiracy theory on Geroge Soros is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: euvsdisinfo.eu/the-all-powerful-mr-soros-2/,