Disinfo: Unlike Russia, the West degrades traditional values and endangers societies

Summary

Western media describe Russia is a danger to Western “liberal democracy”. But the West puts all efforts in degrading and discrediting traditional values, the deliberate rejection of these values and the transition to fictional, unstable and malignant structures, pseudo-values, which endanger society. The Russian system of values, although different from the Western one, is something that should be sought. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the right-wing parties in the West want to cooperate with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at portraying the West as depraved, an immoral actor fighting against traditional values and endangering societies. The idea of Moscow being the protector of traditional values is not new and is part of the notion of Moscow being the Third Rome.

'Threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Keywords: West, Western values

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

The West does not consider Russians as people

When Hungary, Moldova and Romania give passports to Ukrainians it is not considered an interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine. But when Russia does it, it is considered so. Giving passports to Ukrainians in Hungary and Romania is not seen as an aggression. Giving Russian passports in Donbas is seen as an aggression. The reason is one and very simple. “The West” does not think of Russians as people. Hungarians and Romanians, as members of the EU are seen as masters in Ukraine, that is why they are allowed to do anything.  

Disproof

Disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Russophobia and Ukraine lacking statehood. Russian decree on enabling the simplified issuing of passports in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is considered an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty (see also here for more information). According to the EU, the timing of such a decision immediately after Ukraine’s Presidential election, which demonstrated Ukraine's strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law, shows Russia’s intention to further destabilise Ukraine and to exacerbate the conflict.  

Issuing Russian passports to people in Donbas is a humanitarian act

[Issuing passports to people in Donbas] is Russia’s humanitarian response to a situation which has become unbearable, where people are deprived of basic human rights In Donbas, the new Russian passport holders will get fewer rights than those in Crimea. Yet this is indeed a humanitarian act and will be much appreciated by the Donbas residents.

Disproof

Russian decree on enabling the simplified issuing of passports in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is considered an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty. See here for background. According to the EU, the timing of such a decision immediately after Ukraine’s Presidential election, which demonstrated Ukraine's strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law, shows Russia’s intention to further destabilise Ukraine and to exacerbate the conflict. Since 2014, the Ukrainian government has required citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk, which are not controlled by Kyiv, to register as internally displaced persons in government-controlled areas of Ukraine in order to receive their pensions and other entitlements.

The decision of the UN Tribunal for the Ukrainian sailors is illegitimate

The decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to free Ukrainian sailors, whom Russia seized together with ships in the Kerch Strait in 2018, is illegitimate. This incident is not under the jurisdiction of the International Tribunal.

Disproof

This is another piece of Russian propaganda fake about the seizure by Russia of Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait on 25 November 2018. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is an independent judicial body that deals with legal disputes based on the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Russia's seizure of warships and military personnel violates the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and customary international law, which guarantees the full immunity of naval ships and their personnel. At a meeting in Hamburg on 25 May, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Russia to immediately release 24 captured Ukrainian servicemen, and also to return to the control of Ukraine warships Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany-Kapu. The court also stated that it did not find evidence of the Russian version of a provocation by Ukraine in the Kerch Strait.