Today it is Halloween, tomorrow it’s a rubber woman

Summary

Halloween is a completely artificial holiday, which is accepted because it is fashionable in the West. That is the idiocy. Today it is Halloween, and tomorrow it is a rubber woman. This is unnatural, not normal.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about West's moral decay. Read similar cases claiming that Western males are feminised semi-men and the West is lobbying for perversion.

The tradition of Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints.

When large numbers of immigrants, including the Irish, went to the United States beginning in the mid 19th century, they took their Halloween customs with them, and in the 20th century, Halloween became one of the principal U.S. holidays, particularly among children.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: International
  • Keywords: Western values, The West
  • Outlet: Politika segodnya
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In Syria the White Helmets stage false chemical attacks and are involved in human organ trafficking

In Syria the White Helmets stage false chemical attacks, are involved in human organ trafficking and remove the  organs of the people they claimed to save.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018. The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission also confirmed use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017.

The UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for the attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018, Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. In June, the OPCW members granted it power to assign blame for chemical attacks.

Volunteers from Eastern Europe had a workshop on the organisation of “colour revolutions”

The West has been – for decades – attempting to influence the minds of young people from the former Soviet Republics in order to use them to achieve foreign political goals.

This time, the annual training of young “civic activists” from 15 countries took place in the capital of Moldova. In an atmosphere of strict secrecy and with American money, volunteers were told about strategies to combat power, about the organisation and media support of mass protests. As it turned out, these professionals from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and other Eastern European states shared their experiences of forcibly changing the power in their countries and opposing “Russian influence”.

CampCamp2019 conference was organized by the Prague Civil Society Center (PCSC), which receives funding from the US budget, allocated under the law “On countering the enemies of America through sanctions.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative presenting all activities of NGOs, media or civil society activists as measures to overthrow the power in post-Soviet states. Also, a conspiracy, according to which the US prepare in secrecy people of the former Soviet Republics to work for foreign forces.

The event CampCamp2019 was organized in Chisinau from 24 to 27 October by the Prague Civil Society Center. It focused on campaigning and communications for civil society activists, as mentioned on the official page of the event. The participants were invited to improve their communication skills, to find ideas for public campaigns, to learn about new formats, trends and tools for civil society communications, to share campaigning experience with colleagues from other cities and countries. There is no mention about how to organize mass protests and about opposing “Russian influence”.

Al-Baghdadi and ISIS sprang up as a result of US actions in the Middle East

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared because of the Americans. Without them, he would not have appeared, like ISIS itself.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that US is behind the creation of ISIS/Daesh. This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States and its NATO partners have established many terrorist organisations and control global terrorism.

In fact, the US is part of the global coalition against Daesh.