Disinfo: White Helmets created by Western intelligence, have links to terrorist organisations


The White Helmets are supported by the West, helped by Israel, and are also moving freely in areas controlled by terrorist organisations, fabricating and falsifying news images and feeding on foreign money, while some say that it is the fruit of Western intelligence work


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the association of the White Helmets with terrorism in Syria.

The claim that the White Helmets are the creation of Western intelligence work” is unsubstantiated and constitutes a groundless conspiracy theory. 

The White Helmets are a volunteer search and rescue organization made up of a group of Syrian civilians who mobilized to help war casualties in Syria, namely injured civilians trapped under the rubble of destroyed buildings. The organisation - which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters - states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to render services to anyone in need.  

See herehere and here for background on Russian disinformation campaigns against the White Helmets. 




  • Reported in: Issue159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Israel, Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, West, Syrian War, Terrorism


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Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that Russian ground troops are not active in Syria. There is a wide spectrum of sources disproving this claim. 

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Refugees from the Middle East will enter Ukraine and ruin the country

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WikiLeaks released a Moon landing cut scenes filmed in Nevada desert, confirming that the Americans have not been on the Moon.

The publication of the video is revenge for the arrest of Julian Assange by the UK authorities on Washington’s orders.


WikiLeaks did not publish this video. The user who published the video on Youtube is promoting mainly conspiracy content on his account.

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On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, experts from NASA posted a three-hour recording of the landing of the ship on the surface of Earth's satellite. On the frames it is perfectly visible how the astronauts work on the surface of the moon. You can also see photo panoramas from the Moon, created for the anniversary of the Moon landing. NASA experts connected images from the landing sites of all the missions of Apollo, which landed on Earth's satellite.