Disinfo: The West treats Russians today as it did Jews in the 1930s

Summary

The West's attitude toward Russians today resembles the treatment of European Jews in the 1930s. A pathological, bestial Russophobia has gripped the Western world, which pretends not to see the plight of those who are persecuted for being Russian or speaking Russian.

For instance, the West has no problem with the persecution of Russians in the Baltic States.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting the West as pathologically Russophobic, and Russians/Russian speakers living abroad as victims of constant persecution.

The claim is made without evidence. It cites only one (false) example to make the egregious comparison between the historical suffering of European Jews and the imagined martyrdom of Russian minorities in the West today. See e.g. here and here for further reading on how the Kremlin uses the concept of "Russophobia" for disinformation purposes.

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  • Reported in: Issue 253
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/07/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Baltic states, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Russophobia, Ethnic Russians, Anti-Russian, Human rights, Russian language, Jews, Anti-Semitism

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The political elite of Ukraine recognises the final loss of Crimea and now acts according to the principle "the main thing is that it is not Russian."

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's lost sovereignty, challenging Ukrainian statehood and portraying Ukraine as a Russophobic country under external control.

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Disproof

The disinformation claim above is part of a recurring narrative about the statehood of Ukraine, aimed at undermining the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as at portraying Ukraine as a Western puppet/buffer state. According to recent media research from the Arena Project, this is one of the most prevalent disinformation narratives about Ukraine that is spread by pro-Kremlin outlets.

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A journalist on board the HMS Defender confirmed the deliberate entrance in Russian waters

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the HMS Defender incident near the Crimean coast of Ukraine on 23 June 2021. The article’s message is also consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives about the status of Crimea.

Pro-Kremlin outlets spread the narrative that the incident was a deliberate provocation by the HMS Defender against Russia, quoting Jonathan Beale, a BBC journalist and defence correspondent, present on board the HMS Defender, in order to support this narrative.

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