Disinfo: Ukraine is a part of "Russian World"

Summary

When we say ‘schism’, we all speak not of the Church schism per se, but of the schism in the Ukrainian society, the schism in the Russian world, which Ukraine is a part of, if you will.

Disproof

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. "Russian World" is a narrative created by the Kremlin for its own political purpose. Ukraine is currently defending itself from Russian aggression on its territory, see e.g. http://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/russian-spring-civil-war-was-unleashed-in-east-of-ukraine-by-little-nazis-in-kyiv-after-a-coup/

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  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Russian superiority, Russian expansionism, Russian world
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Former East Germans are still second-rate citizens in current Germany

Soviet Union and its last leader Mikhail Gorbachev ignored the rights of 16 million East German citizens when he agreed to the German reunification treaty. As a result, these people became – and still remain – second-rate citizens.

Disproof

The reunification of Germany was not an act permitted by Mikhail Gorbachev, but the result of the will of the German people as manifested in free elections: https://www.britannica.com/place/Germany/The-reunification-of-Germany Germany is a democratic country fully respecting democracy and rule of law with the best Freedom rating available: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2018/germany Despite the fact that some economic differences between the former West and East Germany remain (see e.g. a report by Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung, "So geht Einheit. Wie weit das einst geteilte Deutschland zusammengewachsen ist"), there are no second-rate citizens.

The GRU duo went to Czech Republic not to follow Skripal, but to track Novichok, which the Czechs used to have

Suspected poisoners Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov went to the Czech Republic when Skripal could have been there. The British say they were tracking him – but maybe they were tracking the Novichok nerve agent, which Porton Down and the Czechs had.

Disproof

The Czech government has refused the claims from Russian sources that it would have produced Novichok. The nerve agent produced in the country was not the same. Background: Anatoly Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin (alleged Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov) visited Czech Republic in 2014 when Skripal was there as well. "It looks like the Russians had a group of people that followed Skripal long before the attempt to assassinate him," the publicly funded Czech radio station quoted one source as saying. See the English rereading of the Czech Radio report here.

The supposed GRU agents arrested in the Netherlands were actually mere IT experts

In the Netherlands, the supposed GRU agents arrested outside the OPCW HQ were actually IT experts. They were checking the security of the Russian embassy’s communications, which had been bugged. That they were by the OPCW building is coincidence – the Russian embassy is just across the road.

Disproof

The Dutch authorities presented numerous evidence about the real identity of the GRU agents and the real purpose of their trip - like taxi receipts for the trip from the GRU building in Moscow to the airport, passport scans, and the specialist equipment which the GRU agents tried to destroy when they were caught. See e.g. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/04/netherlands-halted-russian-cyber-attack-on-chemical-weapons-body