Disinfo: West nurtures Russophobia, should understand its harmfulness


Russia is surprised by the fact that Western leaders are nurturing Russophobia. They should understand the harmfulness of their actions. A pretext can always be found because the West aims at deterring Russia rather than solving a concrete problem.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media accusing the West of a biased attitude toward Russia.

In reality, the West has always been calling for solving all problems with Russia in a peaceful and diplomatic manner. Western nations do not pose a threat to Moscow. It is Russia that has continually been trying to achieve its goals by military means, which is a violation of international law. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which started on February 24 2022 made Western nations take a tougher stand on Russia and impose more sanctions on Moscow and certain Russian individuals.

The EU condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine and imposed the toughest restrictive measures on Russia. Read more about the EU response and support for Ukraine.

See also the Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War and The Chilling Background to the Kremlin's "No War" trope.


  • Reported in: Issue 278
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Russophobia
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Disinfo: Ukraine ceased to be a democratic state after 2014

The civilian population of Ukraine and the whole country has become hostages of the Nazis and radicals. This has been going on since the coup in 2014.

The attention has to be drawn to the fact that Ukraine had ceased to be a democratic state after the events of eight years ago. Now it is run by neo-Nazis and oligarchs.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives undermining Ukrainian statehood and claiming that the Euromaidan protests of 2013-2014 were a Nazi-led coup.

There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former president Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

Disinfo: Global corporations are responsible for the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is not a war between the Ukrainians and the Russians, but a bloodbath of global corporations: mainly arms manufacturers, grouped in the "World Economic Forum", whose aim is to destroy "northern civilisation".


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the so-called transnational corporations with a new element, connecting it to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The narrative tries to deflect attention away from Russia’s responsibility for the war in Ukraine.

The article's message is also consistent with a broad pro-Kremlin narrative about "threatened values" – one of the most common pro-Kremlin narratives – suggesting that those who are committed to traditional values are now threatened by those who oppose them and instead seek to establish a morally bankrupt dystopia. See a similar case here. The claim also connects to the narrative that the West somehow organised the events of Euromaidan and the war as it serves only the interest of the West.

Disinfo: Russian invasion of Ukraine started due to the genocide of the Russian-speaking population

The crisis in Ukraine did not arise because of territories, but because of the genocide of the Russian-speaking population. Russia has stood up for our citizens and compatriots in the Donbass. For us, this is a question of security, peaceful living and building good relations.


This is part of a disinformation campaign aiming to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, portraying the Ukrainian leadership as pathologically Russophobic and bent on subjecting the country's Russian-speaking population to "genocide".

There was no genocide of Russians or any other national minorities in Ukraine. The rights of Russian-speaking citizens are equally guaranteed by the Ukrainian constitution and legislation. Articles 10 and 11 of the Constitution guarantee the free development of the languages and cultures of Ukraine’s ethnic minorities, including Russian-speakers.