Disinfo: US sanctions against Ramzan Kadyrov are part of Washington’s Russophobic strategy

Summary

Sanctions imposed by the US Department of State against Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov are part of the anti-Russian course of Washington. They seem like an attempt to justify funding of the US foreign policy agency that pays for a whole mass of specialists who dig up Russophobic information.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing any attempt to call out the actions of Russian leaders - in this case, Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov - as unjustified and Russophobic. The designation against Kadyrov is due to his involvement in numerous gross violations of human rights dating back more than a decade, including torture, extrajudicial killings and other abuses against LGBTI persons, human rights defenders, members of the independent media and other citizens who ran afoul of Mr. Kadyrov. Persecution of dissidents and activists and LGBTI people by Kadyrov’s regime have been well documented by human rights organisations, think tanks, media and documentary filmmakers. See other examples of this disinformation narrative, such as claims about a supposed anti-Russian bias of international institutions - be it the OPCW, the World Anti-Doping Agency or the United Nations - which always falsely accuse Russia; the alleged Russophobia of the EU; the affirmation that it is NATO and not the Kremlin who is involved in the Donbas conflict; or denials that Russia had any role in the poisoning of Sergey Skripal or the downing of MH17, that it interfered in other countries’ elections or that it waged a disinformation campaign on COVID-19.

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  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/07/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Chechnya, Human rights, Sanctions, Russophobia
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Disinfo: A man, who took passengers hostage in Ukrainian city Lutsk had been kicked out of neo-Nazi battalion "Azov" for perversion

A man, who took passengers hostage in Ukrainian city of Lutsk had been kicked out of neo-Nazi battalion “Azov” for perversion.

Disproof

An armed man took passengers hostage along with the driver of a commuter bus in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, on 21 July. He reportedly told journalists he would set the hostages free when his demands had been met. Later the man released all hostages and surrendered. According to police, the man has a history of mental disorders. The Azov Regiment denies that the man has served there. The press service of the Azov Regiment states that he has never been in the ranks of Azov unit.

Disinfo: Ukraine and NATO violate Russian maritime borders

Ukraine and NATO are constantly violating Russian maritime borders. NATO should have understood for a long time that this is a Russian economic zone, that Crimea is the territory of the Russian Federation. Someone is exceeding the permissible norms of behaviour, that is, violates our territorial waters, invades our economic zone.

Disproof

During the Sea Breeze military exercise, a Russian patrol ship of the Russian FSB Coast Guard went on the radio to the Bulgarian ship Bodra with a demand for it to leave ​​its location. This year, as in 2019, it was Russia that resorted to provocation against the Ukrainian-American exercises: on the eve of the start of the Sea Breeze, the Kremlin deliberately blocked the area in the Black Sea where, according to the plan, the exercises should take place. Moreover, the waters of the Black and Azov Seas around Crimea cannot be considered Russian, at least due to the fact that the peninsula is an occupied Ukrainian territory. In addition, according to all international standards, Ukraine has every right to use the Black and Azov Seas. Sea Breeze is an annually recurring multinational exercise, it does not aim, nor threaten, to invade any territory or to exert any pressure. Military exercises have been conducted since 1997, in accordance with the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministries of Defense of Ukraine and the United States. Theinternational community, including theEuropean Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity byacts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Disinfo: Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates to be arrested for vaccines and artificially creating the virus

Lawsuits have been filed against Anthony Fauch and Bill Gates, they will be charged for infecting and killing hundreds of thousands of children through vaccination, as well as artificially creating and spreading the virus. The investigation will also follow the Obama Foundation for transferring $3.7 million to Wuhan Laboratory.

Disproof

No proof given. Recurring disinformation narrative on vaccination and the coronavirus. There are no trial processes against Fauci and Bill Gates. This conspiracy is based on the story from The Next News Network Special Report, in which three doctors demanded Fauci's arrest on the ground that the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions caused severe damage to the US economy. This story is no longer available on the official YouTube channel of the network. As for the Obama Foundation, according to Snopes, a portion of $3.7 million in grants awarded between 2014 and 2019 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to EcoHealth Alliance, helped fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Not all of that $3.7 million went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and not all of the funding took place under the Obama administration. It should also be noted that this financing had nothing to do with the coronavirus. See earlier disinformation cases that Bill Gates pays compensation to people mutilated as a result of vaccines and that the coronavirus is man-made.