The official representatives of Ukraine and NATO are constantly using anti-Russian rhetoric and misrepresenting Russia as a threat to Ukraine. Kyiv and the West accuse Russia of direct involvement in the war in Ukraine without presenting any evidence. After the coup in Ukraine in 2014, the new Ukrainian government has hypocritically claimed it does not want a war with Russia, while simultaneously pursuing membership in NATO.
It should be reiterated that there is no religious persecution in Russia. None of the inmates currently serving time in Russia could even remotely be described as "prisoners of conscience."
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the human rights situation in Russia.
Articles 19, 28, and 29 of the Russian Constitution explicitly state that Russian citizens shall be afforded the freedom of religion and that any "agitation instigating [...] religious hatred and strife shall not be allowed."
Despite these robust constitutional guarantees, hundreds of Russians are serving prison time due to their faith. According to the Memorial human rights centre, there are currently 342 "political prisoners [convicted] on the basis of religion."
Although most of them are Muslims, they also include a considerable number of Jehova's Witnesses - a non-violent group of some 100,000 believers outlawed in 2017 in "serious breach of Russia's obligations to respect and protect religious freedom," according to Human Rights Watch.