Disinfo: There is no repression in Russia

Summary

The Kremlin denies that there is repression in Russia, only police measures against those who break the law in unauthorised protests. During pro-Navalny demonstrations, arrests were made after the policemen were attacked by some violent elements.

Disproof

The claim is false. Although some participants in the pro-Navalny protests in Moscow in January 2021 were violent, there is evidence that the police acted with excessive force against largely peaceful demonstrators. The massive number of arrests (around 5,000 on the first week of protests in 85 cities) shows that not only those who acted violently were arrested. Also, there was a preemptive crackdown on activists and students ahead of the first demonstration.

These actions have been defined by Amnesty International as an attempt to silence criticism, and according to this organisation’s country profile, those attempting to exercise the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly faced reprisals, ranging from harassment to police ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest, heavy fines and in some cases criminal prosecution and imprisonment. A similar assessment is found in the Russian chapter of the Human Rights Watch World Report 2021.

See other examples of similar narratives about Russia in our database, such as claims that reports of police brutality during the protests in Russia are Western propaganda; that the US censor people on the internet while Russia doesn’t; that Russia has always upheld the fundamental principles of freedom of expression; that Russian media are more independent than their American counterpart; that the Russian electoral system is one of the most advanced worldwide; or that there is no persecution of gay people in Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Police, Human rights
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A Swedish diplomat was detained during demonstrations in Russia

One Swedish diplomat was detained in connection with an un-sanctioned meeting in Moscow. The man was brought to a police facility. It can be noted that the diplomat was detained at an early stage of the action. He was, as a matter of fact, one of the first to be detained. The name and function of the man has not been disclosed.

Disproof

No Swedish diplomat has been detained. In a statement to the Interfax news agency, the Embassy of Sweden denies the claim.

Western intelligence services prepare a coup d'etat in Russia

Western intelligence services are preparing a coup d’etat in our country; that is not a secret for anyone. But it is important to say once and for all: Russians are able to resist.

Disproof

Un unfounded, recurrent claim on Russia as the object of foreign aggression. Similar cases here.

All Western states are, just as Russia, members of the United Nations and are obliged to respect UN Charter's Article 2:4:

Sputnik V vaccine destroyed the plans of globalists and Judeo Masonic forces

When the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” came on the scene, and serious success was registered, the globalist or Judeo-Masonic forces that commissioned the new coronavirus immediately realized that what they had planned to do against humanity, at least in some of the target countries, was partially in danger of failing. In addition, it became clear to them from the beginning that a part of humanity would not use their vaccines after being vaccinated with Sputnik V, thus reducing the expected profits from the sale of their vaccines.

Disproof

Anti-Semitism and disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccination, in line with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about a Shadow Government of Globalists ruling the world and aiming to reduce world population through pandemics and vaccination.

This is part of a disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service.