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


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.


Slander. No evidence on public or international perceptions given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Euromaidan and alleged coup in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 132
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup
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Disinfo: Mass protests in FYROM against the name change

Mass protests in FYROM against the name change. The citizens don’t want that their country would be called North Macedonia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about FYROM and the name change. No reliable media reported any mass protests. On January 11, the parliament of approved amendments to FYROM’s constitution and the country will change its name to North Macedonia. Outside the parliament there were small groups of protesters opposing the decision. Further debunking by the Insider.

Disinfo: There should be six different sexes in the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

In the name of equality the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe asked Russia to include people from six sexes to their delegation.


The letter from the European Council Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) sent to the Russian parliament stated that Russia’s PACE delegation should include “at a very minimum one member of the under-represented sex appointed as a representative". It is a standard letter and all speakers of national parliaments received it at the end of November 2018. Further debunking by Polygraph. See also our story here.

Disinfo: Tensions in Ukraine will be used for religious persecution by Poroshenko and NATO

Tensions within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian society were brought about by Petro Poroshenko and NATO intelligence services, as Kiev ratchets up its military actions against the people of east Ukraine in Donbas. This can lead not only to arrests and detentions of religious leaders and their supporters, but also to assassinations of their opponents.


No evidence given about religious persecution and NATO's or its intelligence services' role in it. Recurring Kremlin narrative about Ukraine being an aggressor.