Disinfo: WADA made a political decision against Russia

Summary

WADA made a political decision against Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from participating in major sport events for 4 years. The unanimous decision by WADA's Executive Committee was made after Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was declared uncompliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and in all countries.

WADA Executive committee is composed of 12 members representing both the Olympic Movement and governments. The Executive Committee made its decision based on recommendation of WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC), which has considered a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Intelligence and Investigations Department (I&I) and findings of independent forensic experts.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: Serbia
  • Keywords: Doping, WADA, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Serbian
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All countries have problems, but only Russia is targeted

The WADA decision to exclude Russia from international sports events. We note that our country has been and remains a topic of political campaigning for many years. Honestly, I don’t know who can deny that, because if there are problems in all countries, but there is only one target, then politics is involved – there is no other explanation.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. This is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of the existence of state-sponsored doping schemes for Russian athletes.

The unfounded claims that politics must be involved go together with previous disinformation narratives about WADA and Russia: entire Russia is punished for violations by some individual sportsmen; WADA’s decision has political motives, WADA's decision is cruel and ungrounded and geopolitically biased.

In November 2018 three Ukrainian warships carried out a provocation in the area of the Kerch Strait

In November 2018 three Ukrainian warships carried out a provocation in the area of ​​the Kerch Strait.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Kerch incident.

On 25 November 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tugboat and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen and arresting 24 members.

New Year fireworks cancelled because of migrants

In Paris, Brussels and other European cities, the fireworks on New Year’ Eve were cancelled. The Christmas tree is banned in many places, as well as bell ringing.

On the one hand, it is European multiculturalism and tolerance that have gained strength. People are ready to sacrifice their traditional values and refuse to erect Christmas trees and other attributes of Christmas and New Year for migrants. They even try to avoid to speaking about these concepts themselves.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives about the decline of Christianity in Europe as well as Christmas and New Years Eve traditions. This article also contains a popular anti-migrant narrative. Similar cases are: "Sweden cancelled Christmas TV concert not to irritate migrants", "France is banning Christmas symbols", or "In order not to aggravate people of other religions, there was no Christmas tree in Brussels".

Regarding the use of fireworks, some European cities, such as Munich, have banned fireworks in some public areas of the city for safety reasons, rather than anything to do with migrants. In addition, the state-funded environmental watchdog Environment Action Germany (DUH) is calling on cities to consider banning members of the public from setting off their own pyrotechnics in areas struggling to meet air quality guidelines. The DUH also called for an outright ban on "archaic" fireworks and crackers using black powder (gunpowder), rather than a cleaner substitute. They also claimed that almost 60 percent of Germans are in favour of a general ban on firecrackers in densely populated cities.