Disinfo: University of Turin recognizes Donetsk People’s Republic diplomas

Summary

The University of Turin recognizes certificates from the universities of the Donetsk People’s Republic

Disproof

In fact, Turin University’s Department of Economics accepted a student from Makyivka in the occupied Donbas territories for its Master of Economy program. The young woman, born in 1991, had Bachelor and Master degrees diplomas issued by the Donetsk National University well before the Russian occupation of the region in January 2014. The diplomas in question were issued by a Ukrainian university.

Since the occupation of Donetsk, Donetsk State University had moved its campus to central Ukraine and continues to teach students in temporary facilities in the city of Vinnytsia.

Further debunking at Stopfake.org

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Italy, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donetsk

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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