Disinfo: The West wanted to destroy the Russian economy, but instead destroyed the economies of the EU and US


When Russia started the special operation in Ukraine, the US and its satellites waged an economic war of sanctions against Russia. The Western world wants to destroy Russian industries but as opposed economics of the US and the EU are in way of degradation.


Recurring disinformation about Western sanctions on Russia and war in Ukraine.

The EU and other countries around the world adopted several sanction packages against Russia due to its illegal aggression and occupation of Ukrainian territories. Not all trades restrictions are yet enforced as the energy sector needs longer transition periods, so it is too early to assess the full effect of the sanctions. However, it is incorrect to state that Russian economy would be barely affected or would even benefit from the sanctions. Otherwise, the Russian leadership would not feel the need to constantly demand the sanctions be removed.

It is also Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine that is hurting the global economy, and not sanctions against Russia. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destabilised global food markets and is driving food prices up due to increased cost of production, transport and freight insurance. Russia has also destroyed substantial food stocks, production, as well as processing and transport capacities in Ukraine. It also affects the economy of the EU but there are no signs of “destruction”.

recent study from Yale University takes a detailed look into the effects sanctions are having on the Russian economy, concluding that "business retreats and sanctions are catastrophically crippling the Russian economy."

See also the assessment of EU HRVP Josep Borrell demonstrating that sanction policy is working and strongly impacts Russian economy.

See similar cases about Western sanctions on Russia: If the West wants to assist Russia and China, they should add more sanctions; EU sanctions are hurting Europe more than Russia; Anti-Russian sanctions are illegal pressure.


  • Reported in: Issue 313
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US, EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Sanctions, economy, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: By attacking Nord Stream and the Crimean Bridge the West has crossed a dangerous line

If we talk about attacks on Nord Stream 2, as well as on the Crimean Bridge, then it is a signal that the West has obviously crossed a very dangerous line.

According to the doctrines of the same NATO countries, “damaging critical infrastructure facilities is regarded as an act of armed attack, which implies a conventional response” with the use of armed forces. The conclusion is that this was a step towards further escalation.


Conspiracy theory and unsubstantiated claim from pro-Kremlin outlets accusing the West of being responsible for the explosions of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines and the Crimean bridge. There is no evidence that any Western country is linked to the explosions and the leaks.

On 26 September 2022, the NS1 and the NS2 pipelines both ruptured. Denmark and Sweden view the Nord Stream pipeline leaks as 'deliberate actions'. Sweden, Germany and Denmark opened an investigation into the incident. This is the first step in determining what caused the leaks. Anything before that would be mere speculation and conspiracy theory.

Disinfo: NATO’s eastward expansion is a serious security threat to Russia

Russia sees NATO's eastward expansion as a serious security threat. When Moscow launched a military offensive against Kyiv at the end of February, one of its main demands was that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral country that would never join any Western military alliance.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO, portraying it as a belligerent organisation.

The claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join. NATO is a defensive alliance with primary aims to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of its members. NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. NATO's official policy is that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia."

Disinfo: Ukraine is a terrorist state

By the voice of its foreign affairs minister, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine recognized that its regime uses terrorism. The prankers Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) et Alexeï Stoliarov (Lexus) obtained this declaration through a Zoom meeting recently.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit Ukraine and justify the criminal invasion of the country, as well as and the use of terrorism by Russia that lead to a PACE resolution on 13 October 2022.

The definition of terrorism is the use of violence to create a state of terror in the population to achieve a political goal. Britannica encyclopedia defines it as follows: Terrorism, the calculated use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective.