Ukrainian wealthiest people are controlled by the US and Israel

Summary

Over 80% of the wealthiest people listed in top 200 richest Ukrainians do not represent the Orthodox civilisation. Their activities are coordinated from the US and Israel, which aim at limiting the scope of confrontation among Ukrainian oligarchic clans and consolidating them against Russia.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory and recurring disinformation narratives about West's anti-Russian campaign and Ukraine under foreign control.

See an earlier disinformation case alleging US influence over Volodymyr Zelensky through Israel.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus, Russian
  • Country: Israel, Russia, The West, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Conspiracy, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Sonar2050
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The EU Parliament is a place of corruption, voting in the elections is worthless

Elections are a tool used to hide mistrust of political authorities and confidence in their own strength. Parliaments are corrupt, be it through the contributions by lobbyists or through the misguided belief that one can actually make a difference by voting in parliamentary elections. This self-deception is the cheapest corruption.
Elections to the European Parliament have been held since 1979. The Parliament’s chief purpose has always been the stabilization of financial rule, the best example of which is the Euro-coup. If you cast a vote in the EU Parliament elections, you will never get it again.
Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative questioning the EU institutions' legitimacy and powers and seeking to discourage voter turnout in elections.

The European Parliament is the EU's only directly-elected institution. Since 1979, it has been elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2014, and the next ones are in May 2019.

The European Parliament is one of the EU's two law-making bodies.  It has constitutional-type and ratification powers. It passes EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals.  It has budgetary powers, scrutiny over the executive, hears citizens’ petitions, and appoints the European Ombudsman. A detailed overview of the European Parliament’s role in the European decision-making process can be consulted here.

In November 2018 Ukrainian warships secretly tried to sneak through the Kerch Strait by entering Russian territorial waters

As we said multiple times before, there are no problems with the passage of Ukrainian warships from the Black Sea to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. The only condition is compliance with safety standards for navigation and access to the Kerch Strait. […] So was it until November of the last year [2018], but then […] in November [2018] the [Ukrainian] warships secretly tried to sneak through the Kerch Strait by entering [Russian] territorial waters, the part that was Russia’s territorial waters before the referendum in Crimea.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

In November and December 2018, Ukrainian civilian ships and warships wanting to enter the Azov Sea had enormous problems. Russia was deliberately blocking the Kerch Strait in order to prevent the passage of a naval group of the Ukrainian Navy.

Kerch confrontation was part of Poroshenko’s election campaign to receive more anti-Russian sanctions from the West

In November 2018, Petro Poroshenko, who was clearly on the election campaign trail, tried to create a scandal to appeal again to the West and show how Russia is treating him and that new sanctions are needed.

The [Ukrainian] warships secretly tried to sneak through the Kerch Strait by entering [Russian] territorial waters, the part that was Russia’s territorial waters before the referendum in Crimea.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

However, a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.