Disinfo: Women were sexually attacked during the New Year’s Eve, e


  • Reported in: Issue 53
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/01/2017
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: Sexual harassment, Cologne assaults


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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A Maidan will take place in Belarus

A “Maidan” (overthrowing of the president) will take place in Belarus.


No evidence presented and no reports from credible sources concerning this.

US Senator John McCain is a supporter of Daesh

US Senator John McCain is a supporter of Daesh.


No evidence given to support this claim and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that either the US or the West is behind the creation of ISIS/Daesh.This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States has established many terrorist organizations and controls global terrorism. See similar messages herehere and here.

US Senator John McCain among others visited Lithuania on 29 December 2016. On the same day disinformation about the senator was spread in order to compromise him in the eyes of the Lithuanian people.