Western governments’ efforts to spread Russophobia are obvious but futile

Summary

Western governments’ efforts to spread Russophobia are obvious but futile.

Disproof

Despite current difficulties in the relationship with Russia, the EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts. It is worth noting that the Russian MFA's use of the word Russophobia soared massively since 2014 when the international community critizised Russia for their illegal actions in Ukraine, whereas it was barely used before that. More details here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 52
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/12/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, The West
  • Keywords: Russophobia, The West
  • Outlet: RT
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Česká spořitelna and its Austrian shareholders are censoring media

The fact that Česká spořitelna and its Austrian shareholders decided to withdraw ads from websites identified as disinforming is a form of censorship. Reporting about the event is evidence of propaganda and disinformation.

Disproof

Withdrawing advertisements from websites is the right of every company. Interpreting this act as an act of censorship is misleading. Reporting about such events cannot be qualified as disinformation or propaganda.

Ukraine’s MFA accuses the EU of betrayal

Ukraine’s MFA accuses the EU of betrayal. The source for these claims is an interview that Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Olena Zerkal gave to the British newspaper Financial Times.

Disproof

While visa free travel for Ukrainians has in principle been agreed upon with the EU, it has yet to officially begin. Ms. Zerkal was simply expressing frustration with the process; she was not accusing the EU of betrayal. More details from StopFake.

An armed coup in Ukraine is likely

The authorized representative of the LPR in the Minsk talks, Vladislav Dana, said that an armed coup is more likely in Ukraine than a peaceful uprising.

Disproof

No evidence given. This message is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian statehood.