Disinfo: Ukraine, Estonia and Great Britain killed Darya Dugina

Summary

The terrorist act that killed Darya [Dugina] is a joint military operation, regretfully a successful one, of three secret services: Ukraine, Estonia and Great Britain.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and pro-Kremlin disinformation about the UK, Estonia and Ukraine as well as secret services.

There is no evidence to substantiate the claims that Ukraine, UK, Estonia or any other country was behind the assassination of Darya Dugina in Moscow, daughter of Alexander Dugin.

Russia has almost immediately accused Ukraine of the assassination, providing only dubious "evidence", (see also: here and here) that cannot be independently verified. Ukraine has denied any involvement in the attack, the same goes for Estonia.

EU condemn all attacks on civilians, including the car explosion in the Moscow region which killed Ms Darya Dugina on Saturday 20 August 2022. The EU consider a full and impartial investigation of the incident important.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation claims alleging various conspiracies against Russia by foreign secret services.

This disinformation claim appeared in the same broadcast as an allegation that British intelligence may be behind the assassination of Darya Dugina and that Ukraine is a terrorist state.

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  • Reported in: Issue 305
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/08/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, UK, Estonia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Secret services

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Ukraine turned into a terrorist state

The murder of Daria Dugina, who in theory was supposed to die along with her father Alexander Dugin, a prominent philosopher and political figure, finally puts an end to the "evolution" of Ukraine as a terrorist state. In the current realities, it is quite obvious that, under the guise of a “struggle for independence,” official Kyiv is destroying dissidents, those who are ideologically alien to the new Ukraine.

Today, the collective West continues to ignore the criminal, terrorist essence of the Kyiv regime, sometimes even justifying certain “actions of intimidation” organised by Ukrainian politicians and the military.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative and a conspiracy theory about Ukraine alleging the country's political and military leadership is perpetrating attacks against civilians and organising terrorist acts.

The assassination of Darya Dugina took place in Moscow on August 20, when her car blew up and burned out. Pro-Kremlin propagandists immediately accused Ukraine. Later, Russian officials announced that Ukraine was behind the assassination, even though the provided "evidence" are dubious (see also: here and here) and cannot be independently verified.

Western sanctions are the cause of inflation

The rise in food and energy prices began with the coronavirus pandemic; during the past six months, the world witnessed more price increases due to the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia, which led to a sharp decrease in supply due to the severing of logistical and financial chains. The United States and its allies wanted to deprive Russia of profits and destroy its economy, and as a result caused great harm to the whole world, including to itself. This is an attempt to deflect responsibility from the Americans and Europeans to Russia.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions in the context of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The claim that sanctions are the cause of inflation is an attempt to deflect Russia's responsibility for the global food crisis. Large-scale wars are, by definition, bound to cause global supply shocks that trigger inflation. 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.

The EU will train terrorists and Nazi militants for the Kyiv regime

According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, the EU will create training bases to train terrorists and Nazi militants for the Kyiv regime. Earlier Josep Borrell stated that one of the EU countries will host a training mission for Ukrainian soldiers.

Disproof

This message fits the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about ‘Nazi Ukraine’.

On 22 August 2022 the EU's Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell announced a proposal to create a "powerful training and organisation mission" in one of the EU countries to help the Ukrainian army. This proposal is set to be discussed among EU Defence Ministers in Prague on 29 and 30th August.

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