Disinfo: Western secret services want to disrupt the World Cup in Russia

Summary

A terrorist attack might happen during the World Cup in Russia, which could be planned by Western intelligence agencies.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation concerning the World Cup in Russia euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=World+Cup&disinfo_issue=&date=,

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  • Reported in: Issue 112
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/06/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: World Cup, Conspiracy theory, Secret services
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Disinfo: Germany threatens to 'strike first' against Russia

The latest news from the “Berliner Express”: “If there is no other way, you have to strike first,” said Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen about a possible NATO war against Russia. “Therefore, the Bundeswehr must be brought up to speed as quickly as possible.”

Disproof

The story comes from Berliner Express, a site that clearly states it is satire. It is not the first time that Contra Magasin spreads disinformation.

Disinfo: As soon as the ‘Nord Stream-2’ gas pipeline is constructed, the EU will recognize Crimea as a part of Russia

As soon as Russia receives an alternative way for transit of its gas to Europe [the ‘Nord Stream-2’ gas pipeline] and Europe understands that the continuity of gas supplies is ensured now by the fact that gas does not flow through Ukraine, all the questions about Ukraine will be closed. Crimea will be recognized as a part of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Nord Stream 2 and status of Crimea are not connected in any kind of way. Crimea is part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and state that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States. In 2014, the Russian troops forced the parliament of Crimea to organize an illegal referendum and then conducted the annexation of it that has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine) http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.

Disinfo: Nobody has brought a single argument proving that Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film-maker convicted to 20 years in jail by Russia and who is on a hunger strike now, is not guilty

You can say as much as you like that Sentsov, is not a terrorist, but no one who says that this man is a political prisoner brought any argument – an argument that could be sewn to the case, that he was not to blame. Not a single argument.

Disproof

Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, native of Crimea, best known for his 2011 film Gamer. Following the Russian annexation of Crimea he was arrested in Crimea and convicted to 20 years in jail by Russian court on charges of plotting terrorism acts. The conviction was widely described as unfair and politically-motivated. On 14 May 2018, Mr Sentsov went on an open-ended hunger strike protesting the incarceration of 65 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and demanding their release. Three years ago, the Russian Human Rights Center Memorial declared Oleg Sentsov a political prisoner [see in Russian: https://memohrc.org/ru/news/memorial-schitaet-olega-sencova-i-aleksandra-kolchenko-politzaklyuchennymi ] [see in English: https://www.csce.gov/international-impact/events/oleg-sentsov-and-russias-human-rights-violations-against-ukrainian?sort_by=field_date_value&page=10 ; http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1527519105&w=ukrainian+political+prisoners ]. Amnesty International has called for Sentsov's immediate release and writes: "He was convicted in a military court in the Russian Federation, following a grossly unfair trial, on politically-motivated charges and his conviction was based on “confessions” obtained under torture." www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/EUR4685282018ENGLISH.pdf, European parliament adopted a resolution in June 2018 that demanded that the Russian authorities release "Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov". www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=en&reference=2018/2754(RSP),