Disinfo: What YouTube and Google did to Tsargrad is a political repression

Summary

It turns out that YouTube and Google consider themselves entitled to act extraterritorially, that is, by spreading their laws on the territory of other states. Well, then Russians have to stop using it and kick them out from Russia.

NewsFront, Roman Ostashko, Tsargrad, almost all Donetsk residents, even a newspaper with news from Donbas were banned. Well, this is, in fact, political repression. This is war. And we need to make big far-reaching conclusions.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Russophobia, allegedly directed at the pro-Kremlin media.

The account on Youtube of the TV channel "Tsargrad", owned by Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeev, was blocked there due to a violation of the law. Google representatives commented to RBC about it.

“Google complies with all applicable sanctions and trade compliance laws. If we find that an account violates these laws, then we take appropriate action,” the company said.

The lawyers of the "Tsargrad" explained the reason for the blocking by the fact that Konstantin Malofeev is on the US sanctions lists.

According to the US Department of the Treasury, Malofeev is on the sanction list because "he is responsible for, complicit in, or has engaged in, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine and has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to, or in support of, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic."

You can read similar cases claiming that "US senators and Macron accused Sputnik and RT of election interference with no evidence", "Europe's position in the situation with Sputnik Estonia - criminal silence", "Russian media are being discriminated in Baltic states", etc.

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  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Google, Repression, YouTube, Censorship, Russophobia, Donbas

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

A pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia being respectful of international law, and never interfering in other country's affairs. The claim was not counterbalanced or critically challenged in the Article.

Russia has a long record of violating other states' sovereignty and territorial integrity. Since 1991, Russia was involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighbouring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Many international organisations condemned Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the European Parliament's declaration.

It’s DPR, LPR and Russia who are interested in a ceasefire on Donbas, not Ukraine

Who proposed these measures introduced at midnight today? In the spring, within the framework of the Minsk Agreement. DPR, LPR and Russia offered Ukraine to fix everything that came into force today. And who refused? Who is conducting sabotage actions, using military drones and so on. Who refused? It’s Ukraine. So who is to blame for the fact that people have died so far on Donbas?

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, claiming that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements.

The claims are being made in the context of a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia/so called LNR and DPR which came into force on Monday 27 July 2020. The agreement was "the result of the effective work of the Ukrainian delegation with the support of our international partners in Berlin and Paris," the office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a statement.

The US Embassy in Warsaw is able to declare any Polish Government as “non grata”

The MPs from the Confederation make one mistake: they pretend not to know about the real position of the American Embassy in Poland. This Embassy can declare any Polish Government as “non grata” quicker than the Polish Government declares an American Ambassador as persona non grata.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country. In addition, Poland is presented as a country without any real international importance or political significance.

The statement that the US Embassy in Warsaw can declare any Polish Government as “non grata” (meaning, that this Government is entirely submissive to the US Embassy) is a conspiracy theory. Poland is an independent state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies.