Disinfo: Ukraine may immerse itself in homodictatorship

Summary

Using the example of Western European countries, one can draw simple conclusions that, in the absence of active opposition from civil society and religious structures, sexual minorities will go on the offensive in Ukraine. From the persecuted yesterday, they will quickly turn into persecutors, because the repressive state apparatus will contribute to this in every way.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Europe's moral decay and degradation of Ukraine.

This statement comes following the discussions in Verkhovna Rada about a new draft law which aims to harmonise legislation in the field of prevention and combating discrimination in line with the European Union law and introduces fines for any form of discrimination.

You can read similar cases such as "Europeans flee to Russia because of juvenile justice and homosexual dictatorship", "Ukraine is obsessed with marijuana, prostitution and LGBT" and "Gay fascism has long been present in Europe and the US".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Hate Speech, Ukraine, LGBT

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Four Ukrainian security officers were shot on the border with Hungary

Four officers of Ukraine’s Security Service were killed near the town of Vinohradiv in Transcarpathia close to the border with Hungary.

Disproof

No evidence given except anonymous sources. Several Telegram channels started spreading this information referring only to some inside sources.

The SSU Office in the Transcarpathian region stated that some sources were disseminating inaccurate information about the “disappearance of a group of SBU employees. This is not true. We urge everyone not to disseminate fake information”, the department said.

US does not provide satellite images to JIT on MH17 case

US satellites were supposed to “see” the moment of the crash of MH17, however, the information received was classified. And no one really recalls it now.

Disproof

No evidence given. This claim is a part of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17 and the Joint International Investigation. You can read similar cases as "Kremlin has nothing to do with an MH17 suspect", "JIT chose to ignore Russian evidence of the MH17 crash" and "MH17: JIT-investigation not interested in truth, Buk belonged to the Ukrainian army".

The head of the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) Fred Westerbeke confirmed in an interview with the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, that the United States provided the investigation with highly classified satellite images from the time and place of the MH17 downing.

Juan Guaidó involved in the big corruption scheme known as ‘Operation Green Suitcase’

Venezuela’s National Assembly decided to suspend several opposition lawmakers, allegedly involved in receiving bribes to whitewash and save businessmen from economic sanctions imposed by the US. As a consequence of these accusations, those opposition lawmakers even pointed at Juan Guaidó.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of facts in order to imply that opposition leader Juan Guaidó is actually involved in the denounced corruption case. Through half-truths, the use of out-of-context criticism against Guaidó by other opposition figures and a reference to a previous scandal of misuse of humanitarian funds by members of his party, the story is conveniently doctored to give the impression that the lawmakers involved in this case were pointing to Guaidó himself at the top of the scheme.

The lawmakers allegedly involved in the so-called ‘Operation Green Suitcase’ were accused of receiving bribes in exchange for writing letters of support for a Colombian national, Carlos Lizcano, despite evidence of his ties to Alex Saab, another Colombian man who is under U.S. sanctions for corruption linked to a state-backed food distribution programme. The scandal was first reported by pro-opposition site Armando.info and immediately denounced by Guaidó himself and top members of his party. Several international media reported on this scandal as a setback for Guaidó that undermines his leadership of the opposition movement, but no serious observer suggested that he is in any way implicated in the corruption scheme.