Disinfo: Ukraine persecutes Medvedchuk to please Joe Biden

Summary

Ukrainian authorities have been persecuting Viktor Medvedchuk and his fellow parliamentarians to please US President Joe Biden and his foreign policy course.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine is not an independent state and decisions regarding its fate are made by actors in the West.

Contrary to the disinformation narrative, ongoing legal disputes surrounding Medvedchuk are of domestic in nature. On 11 May 2021, Medvedchuk was charged with high treason and, on 13 May, he was placed under house arrest after the Pechersky district court rejected a request from prosecutors to place him under pre-trial detention.

According to Ukrainian prosecutors, Medvedchuk stands accused of colluding with the Russian government to extract natural resources in Crimea, handing over classified information, and planning to create an influence network for conducting subversive activities in Ukraine. Prior to the house arrest, Ukrainian authorities imposed sanctions on Medvedchuk for alleged involvement in financing terrorism.

Alleged foreign control over Ukraine is a repeated element in pro-Kremlin disinformation. See a similar case discussing how George Soros was involved in Ukraine's Orange Revolution here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 245
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Crimea, Joe Biden, Ukrainian statehood
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Disinfo: Ukraine is a Western colony belonging to Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Russia

That thing that we used to call Ukraine has been a Western colony for a long time.

Poland claims rights to Halychyna and Volhynia, which were part of it from 1921 to 1939, Romania claims Bukovina and Bessarabia, Hungary claims Zakarpattia. The rest of the territory of Ukraine is Russian lands with a completely Russian population, but for some reason Russia has not yet put forward claims against the neighbouring non-state that has lost its shores, openly carrying out genocide and Ukrainization of the Russian population.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message with multiple disinformation narratives claiming that Ukraine is under external control, that Ukraine is a failed, artificial state that carries genocide of its own population, and that Ukraine does not exist as a state.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by the US or any other foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world.

Disinfo: Czechia targets Russia in Vrbetice case to distract attention from incompetence

Czech authorities are not only incapable of conducting objective investigations but they are also incapable of adding a kind of logical chain to the ongoing mess in their country. The best Prague could have come up with was to put the entire blame on Russia, the notorious "enemy".

Disproof

The case above is part of a wider disinformation campaign about the events around the Vrbětice explosion in 2014 and the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic in April 2021 after the involvement of Russian state actors was established by Czech authorities.

The disinformation narrative also fits into the recurring claims of Russophobia, that is, the standard response by pro-Kremlin media outlets when Western countries raise a politically conflictual issue.

Disinfo: Czechs could not make an objective investigation of the Vrbetice incident

Prague could not make an objective investigation of the Vrbetice incident, so it made the decision to shift blame to an “external enemy” - Russia.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the explosion in Vrbetice in 2014.

Even though Russia does not recognise its responsibility for the Vrbetice incident, the investigation by Czech authorities established beyond doubt that GRU agents Anatoly Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, the same individuals considered responsible for the attempted murder of Sergey Skripal in Salisbury in 2018, were behind an explosion in an ammunition storage depot in the Czech location of Vrbetice in 2014, which killed two people.