Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is perceived as fulfilling propaganda tasks and serving the interests of oligarchs

Summary

After the coup in 2014 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is perceived as a structure, that fulfils propaganda tasks and serves political interests of oligarchs who govern the country.

Disproof

Slander.

No evidence on public or international perceptions given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Euromaidan and alleged coup in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 132
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup
  • Outlet: Vremia @ Pervyi kanal (01:04 - 01:15)
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Forest Brothers were Nazi collaborators, criminals and terrorists.

Forest brothers were Nazi collaborators. In Lithuania they exterminated 25 thousand people. In modern terminology they would be called terrorists. They started fighting the Red Army for the sake of the Third Reich and continued after the war, except their master changed, it was Great Britain and the USA.

We are told stories about bloody Stalin’s regime, but how come we see these healthy old people if the regime supposedly exterminated everyone? That means the regime was not bloody and was very humane to those, whom we can call terrorists.

In Lithuania they are trying to find heroes for the young people. And it is either military heroes who fought fascism in the Red Army, or those who fought with fascism against the Red Army. There are no other heroes. Since the main ideology in the Baltic States is Russophobia, they take fascists for heroes. The West is pretending that they are some abstract fighters for abstract freedom. They are criminals, terrorists and killers.

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The doctrine that Lithuania is the victim of Russian aggression and Russian occupation spreads in academic, public and political levels. This is how killers become heroes. Lithuanian schoolchildren have trouble remembering national history and are proud of the exploits of so-called “partisans”. But no Lithuanian textbook now contains information about the bloody terror and civil war. How partisans killed civilians, not excluding women and children. They were not partisans, they were bandits.

In Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia tens of thousands of people died at the hands of forest brothers.

In Latvia forest brothers are also heroes and chekists are evil. No one remembers that soviet soldiers arrived because the bandits terrorised villagers.

Disproof

Prominent pro-Kremlin narrative about the Forest Brothers and armed anti-soviet resistance in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to discredit the independence struggle of the Baltic States and whitewash the history of Soviet occupation and Stalin's crimes - a growing disinformation trend of historical revisionism. For background on earlier attempts to disinform see our article here.

Forest Brothers were Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partisans who fought against Soviet rule during the Soviet invasion and occupation during and after the World War II. In the early 1950's, the Soviet forces had eradicated most of the partisan resistance in the Baltic States.

Banning Russia from the Olympics is a modern form of racism

It is modern-day racism to declare a certain group of people non-eligible for a certain activity. An example of that is telling Russian athletes that they “can’t compete in Olympic Games, can’t speak Russian, and can’t show Russian flags”.

Disproof

The International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in 2018 due to the systemic manipulation of anti-doping rules during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Individual athletes from Russia could still compete under the Olympic flag.

Racism or Russophobia accusations are a frequent technique of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign to distract the audience from the actual cause for the ban.