Never heard of the Lugar laboratory in Georgia? Neither have many of us. But it is a familiar name for the readers of a whole network of websites promoting the most obscure pro-Kremlin conspiracies globally.

Just to highlight some examples:

2016: The US is constructing secret biological labs in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine to attack Russia.
2017: American laboratory in Georgia creates biological weapons.
2018: US laboratory in Georgia is like a Nazi death camp and people living close to it like Mengele’s patients.

One strand of Russia’s large and months-long disinformation campaign around the Salisbury attack – which backfired latest in September and continues to backslide – has been spreading the usual smokescreen that anybody else but Russia is behind the use of chemical weapons on European soil.

When the attempt to confuse and distract the majority of the European audience about the attack failed, efforts shifted and started to focus on the disinformation heavy users. In general, this aim of pushing the conspiracies from marginal to the mainstream attention has already gained results among the Russian-speaking audience: Conspiracy theories are on average six to nine times more frequent now than they were in 2011 in Russian media.

In the specific case of Georgia, this has led to coordinated efforts, including a press conference organised in Moscow right after the UK released the names of the two Salisbury attack suspects. In the briefing, Georgia’s ex-security chief (who fled to Moscow years ago)  claimed the Lugar laboratory creates biological weapons, and the topic was extensively covered by Russian TV channels.

In April, these claims were presented by Russia’s Foreign Ministry that came out with its own hint: A Georgian trace might be found in the Skripal poisoning! These conspiracies have reached Bulgaria, English-language blogs   and ZeroHedge – and of course Russia’s disinformation channels Russia Today  and Sputnik.

So, finally, let us introduce you to the The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL)! It is a laboratory based in Tbilisi, Georgia, which detects and tackles disease outbreaks. The United States provided USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. From this year on, the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. In fact, Russia has itself given support to a similar facility in Armenia (also facing repeated pro-Kremlin disinformation attacks).

Well-researched journalistic investigations highlight this specific disinformation campaign: we recommend you to read more on Myth Detector  and Codastory.

Earlier, we have reported how the pro-Kremlin disinformation machinery’s production line was cranking out false claims of the threat of a civil war in Sweden, France, Spain and Ukraine

This week, the civil war road show travelled north east and we heard that same urgent alert regarding the Baltic countries: now it is Latvia that has apparently joined the European countries waging an internal war.

Ukraine is the only country from these targets of Russia’s disinformation where in fact a war is ongoing. And despite Russia’s disinformation, it is not a civil war, but a war provoked and maintained by Russia itself.

 

Crimea visited by a delegation from Norway
Additional details: A delegation from Norway is visiting Crimea. The delegation, which included representatives of almost all Norwegian parties, was amazed by the fast development of the Crimean Peninsula.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Gazeta.ru
RIA news agency
Sputnik
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about "official delegations" allegedly visiting Crimea.

This isn't an official delegation. According to local media, the Norwegian delegation includes a member of the Norwegian Physicians against Nuclear Weapons, an actress, Professor of Statistics at the Department of Economics of the University of Oslo, as well as farmers, entrepreneurs, and public figures.

Norway does not recognize the Russian presidential election in Crimea. "Norway will continue to support the EU’s non-recognition policy", said the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Keywords: Ukraine, Crimea
Countries: Norway, Russia, Ukraine
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Europe becoming Nazi again
Additional details: Nazism is gradually coming back to Europe: "Nothing happened in Europe. It's slowly going back to what it was, the Europe that generated Nazism and lived with Nazism, and the small hitch that happened after Nazi Germany was defeated is about to end."
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 00:11:20
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Europe and Nazism. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77154&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/page/2/?s=nazi

Keywords: Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Europe
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50 Moscow Patriarchate churches in Ukraine captured over the last four years
Additional details: Schismatics captured by assault more than 50 Moscow Patriarchate churches in Ukraine since 2014.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pervyi Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

There has been no assault. According to the Ukrainian law, the owner of the church building and all church property is not the patriarchy or the diocese, but the parish community, even when the parishioners decide to move from one Church to another.

Further debunk by The Insider.

Similar disinformation: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/neo-nazis-preparing-to-assault-a-monastery-in-kiev/

Keywords: Orthodox Church, Ukraine
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The West imposed sanctions against Russia to control its natural resources
Additional details: “We live in the country with the largest territory in the world. The richest natural resources [...] Sanctions have been imposed with the aim to put our resources under the control of foreign businessmen”, said Vladislav Ginko, lecturer of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwt3Xab7BTM
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Mesto vstrechi’ on NTV channel @ 1:43:45
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on sanctions.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

Keywords: economy, Destabilising Russia, The West, Sanctions
Countries: Europe, West, Russia
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Belgium installed a Waffen-SS memorial, violating the Nuremberg tribunal's decisions
Additional details: A Waffen-SS memorial has been installed in Belgium, which violated the Nuremberg tribunal's decisions.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): "Vecher c Vladimirom Solovievym" on Rossia 1 TV-channel
Sputnik
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Europe and Nazism.

Belgium has adopted a ‘Holocaust denial law’ that bans any public Holocaust denials. Specifically, the law makes it illegal to publicly ‘deny, play down, justify or approve of the genocide committed by the German National Socialist regime during the Second World War’.

A memorial called "Monument to Freedom" is planned to be installed by the Latvian sculptor Kristaps Gulbis in the Belgian commune Zedelgem. Gulbis stated that his monument will commemorate the Latvian soldiers who were POWs in the Zedelgem camp during the winter of 1945/46. Latvian POWs in Zedelgem were released during 1946.

 

Keywords: Holocaust, WWII, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Latvia, Belgium
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Europe is supporting Nazism to increase Russophobia
Additional details: The Nazism and Fascism of the 1930s and today’s Europe' support of pro-Nazi movements and parties in the Baltics and Ukraine have in common one thing: targeting the Soviet Union and Russia, and waging all kind of Russophobia. It is supported actively or passively by the West.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=awiGu5R1wWs, timing 10:58 and 58:41
Disinforming outlet(s): "Vecher c Vladimirom Solovievym" on Rossia 1
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the West as Russophobic and Nazi. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Russophobia&disinfo_issue=&date=, euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date=

  • There was in fact a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were unfortunately suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation. There was also cooperation between the EU and Russia on a number of foreign policy issues, some of which continues to this day. 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.
  • NATO consistently worked hard to build a cooperative relationship with Russia since the early 1990s, through the Partnership for Peace and creation of a NATO-Russia Council, and specific cooperation in the Western Balkans on and issues like counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism. In fact, as NATO points out, no other NATO partner has been offered a comparable relationship, nor a similarly comprehensive institutional framework: http://bit.ly/2e0TZnG.
  • In 1997, Russia was invited to join the G7 group of major advanced economies in the world, thus forming the G8. (At the time, Russia ranked 14th to 17th in the list of countries according to GDP: http://bit.ly/2dWb51l; http://bit.ly/2ejhOpw; http://bit.ly/2dqu4jQ). In 2006, President Putin hosted the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg. Russia's membership of the G8 was suspended in 2014 because of its illegal annexation of Crimea.
  • Russia joined the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation, in 1996.

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Europe, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Europe, USSR, Russia
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The West is spreading atheism and Satanism through Ukraine
Additional details: The West's main goal for the next decades is to inject atheism in Russia, which is a direct way to Satanism. It uses Ukrainian people to turn turn the Christian world into Satanism.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGlkzImL3IA, timing 1:24:22
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Vecher c Vladimirom Solovievym’ on ‘Rossia 1’ TV-channel
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Satanism in Europe. Please see examples here and here.

Keywords: Anti-Russian, Orthodox Church, Russian language, The West
Countries: Europe, Russia
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US forced Kyiv to falsify the results of the Ukrainian presidential election in 2014
Additional details: In 2014, the US ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payet forced Kyiv to falsify the results of the presidential election and declare Petro Poroshenko as the president of Ukraine. Poroshenko received 40% of votes, but Payet asked to announce publicly 62%.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdS12gr53HE, timing 1:22:43
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Mesto vstrechi’ on NTV channel
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

On election day in 2014 more than 1,200 observers from 49 countries were reporting across Ukraine.

International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) concluded on 26 May 2014 that the early presidential election in this country “was characterized by high voter turnout and the clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms in the vast majority of the country. This was despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions and the increasing attempts to derail the process by armed groups in these parts of the country."

Keywords: US presence in Europe, Elections
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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The West persecutes the Russian Orthodox Church and prohibits Russian language
Additional details: The West is promoting Russophobia, which is a type of racism. It regards Russia as a criminal regime (the West invented the situation in Salisbury), persecutes the Russian Orthodox Church (it wants to schism of the Orthodox Church) and prohibits the Russian language.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdS12gr53HE, timing 1:55:12
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Mesto vstrechi’ on NTV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

Neither the EU or US have ever called Russia a criminal regime as well as never prohibited Russian language anywhere or persecuted the Russian Orthodox Church.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Russophobia and Salisbury attack. Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning.

Keywords: Racism, Anti-Russian, Orthodox Church, Russian language, The West
Countries: Europe, Russia
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There is no connection between Petrov, Boshirov and Skripal's poisoning
Additional details: UK's Prime Minister Theresa May was "lying and distorting" facts at the UN General Assembly, while stating that Russia was guilty of Sergey Skripal’s poisoning. There is no proven connection between Petrov, Boshirov and Skripal's poisoning. This is a political provocation.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpXF6yt5Fo0, timing 1:34 and 4:11
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Vremya pokazhet’ on Pervyi kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Skripals' poisoning.

Two Novichok suspects claimed they were visiting Salisbury Cathedral but, according to the street cameras, they went two miles along the wrong route that is opposite to this place and leads to the house of Skripal.

Bellingcat and the Insider can confirm definitively that both “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” are active GRU officers. This conclusion is based both on objective data and on discussions with confidential Russian sources familiar with the identity of either one of the two persons.

Bellingcat can confirm the authenticity of the leaked passport file of “Boshirov”, and that it contains all three markings that helped identify “Petrov” as a security-service asset: “Top Secret” annotations, a blank biographical page referring to a secret attached letter, a “do not provide information” stamp, and issuing authority unit 777001, exclusively used for state VIPs and intelligence officers. In addition, “Boshirov” also has no recorded history prior to the issuance of his domestic ID passport in 2010 (2009 in “Petrov”’s case). See further debunking by the Bellingcat.

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Theresa May, UN
Countries: UK, Russia
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Latvia repeats the Donbas path to civil war
Additional details: [Context: Russian speakers' rights in Latvia]: When you look at the parallels with how the tragedy and civil war started in Donbas, you realise that the same is happening in Latvia.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjB5LM9TYQg
Disinforming outlet(s): Pravo Golosa @ TV Centre, 54:10
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77110&date=

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, and it is not a civil war. For further debunking see euvsdisinfo.eu/report/russian-spring-civil-war-was-unleashed-in-east-of-ukraine-by-little-nazis-in-kyiv-after-a-coup/

No evidence of any kind of threat of civil war in Latvia.

Background on Ukraine:https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/crimea-is-a-result-of-the-ban-on-the-russian-language/

Prior to the May 2014 Presidential elections, acting President Turchynov refused to sign legislation repealing the language law of 2012, which allows the use of the Russian language for official purposes at regional level.

Human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in danger:

1. The Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc Report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014, Council of Europe;

2. Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 15 June 2014;

3. Statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her Recent Visit to Ukraine, 4 April 2014

Keywords: Civil war, Russian language, Donbas
Countries: Latvia, Ukraine
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An enormous number of Russian-speaking hostages in Ukraine
Additional details: Russia could freak out in retaliation, but Russia should not enter an armed standoff with Ukraine, because there is "an enormous number of Russian-speaking hostages" in Ukraine.

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Russia is not conducting "any kind of war" against Ukraine. Ukraine has lost its sovereignty, it is a "colony or protectorate of the US. Russia has never sent any troops to Ukraine to take part in military operations.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5lIDj5Rc9g
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1, 26:00, 38:50, 44:40
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation attempting to show that Ukraine is behind the aggression, while in fact it was Russia that provoked and maintains the war in Ukraine. See further debunk here: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/russian-spring-civil-war-was-unleashed-in-east-of-ukraine-by-little-nazis-in-kyiv-after-a-coup/

Multiple evidence that Russian armed forces conduct a war in Ukraine https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-osce-the-pentagon-nato-headquarters-and-the-council-of-europe-do-not-recognize-the-facts-of-russias-aggression-against-ukraine-primarily-the-intrusion-of-russian-tanks-and-paratroopers-into-do/

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc.

The Russian-speakers are citizens of Ukraine. According to polls by the Razumkov Center, in 2017 68 percent of Ukrainians said Ukrainian was their native language, 14 percent consider Russian to be their native language, and 17 percent said they were native speakers of both Ukrainian and Russian. https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/honest-history-episode-2-ukrainians-speak-russian-language-kremlin-uses-stoke-conflict-ukraine.html

 

 

 

Keywords: Russian language, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The “true Ukrainian identity” to be found only in the US, says the First Lady of Ukraine
Additional details: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's wife Marina said that the “true Ukrainian identity” is found only in the US. She made this statement during her visit at the Ukrainian museum and library in Stamford, Connecticut, while accompanying her husband to the US for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Times.com.ua
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to the Ukraine's presidential press office, Marina Poroshenko "visited the largest treasury of Ukrainian identity in the United States - Ukrainian Museum and Library in Stamford". She said that "being here one feels that this cultural institution was created and is supported by people who love Ukraine, respect its people and value Ukrainian history and art".

Marina Poroshenko did not say that the "true Ukrainian identity" is to be found only in the US.

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Keywords: US presence in Europe, UN
Countries: Ukraine, US
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Ukrainians will remain without land because of the IMF
Additional details: Ukrainians will remain without their land, as a consequence of the conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund for offering financial help. IMF wants to restructure the Ukraine's economy by reducing social programs and allowing the free sale of land. The multinational companies will have the absolute power, and Monsanto will plant their GMO products there.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Zvezda TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Ukraine's law (moratorium) prohibiting the sale and purchase of land by foreigners has been extended several times and currently is valid till 1 January 2019.

In fact, the land reform and lifting of the moratorium on land sales in Ukraine have been withdrawn from the IMF Memorandum in 2017, and are not a mandatory requirement for the provision of the next tranche of funding.

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Keywords: IMF, Economic difficulties, Ukraine
Countries: West, Ukraine
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Kyiv bought two US patrol boats which can scare "only fishermen or poachers"
Additional details: The two U.S. Island-class patrol boats are too old and can scare "only fishermen or poachers". According to a US representative, Kyiv bought these American patrol boats through the Excess Defense Articles Program.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In fact, Ukraine agreed to take delivery of two U.S. Island-class patrol boats as free military aid from the United States. The US Excess Defense Articles Program states that this type of equipment may be offered "at reduced or no cost to eligible foreign recipients".

According to Taras Chmut, the head of the Ukrainian Military Center, "the Ukrainian Navy can use these boats for another 10-15 years. Such conclusions were made by Ukrainian seamen-specialists who went to study technique in America". Ukraine is expected to invest $10 million in redeploying the cutters to its shores and making them operational in its Naval Forces.

This is a recurring narrative about allegedly defective equipment provided by the US: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/us-sells-ukraine-defective-javelins/

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Keywords: Military, Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine, US
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Kiev refuses to pay pensions to Donbass residents because of "lack of money"
Additional details: Ukrainian authorities do not intend to pay pensions to Donbass residents because of lack of money, despite the multi-billion tranches received from the EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Regnum news agency
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian aggression and intimidation. No evidence given.

Since 2014, the Ukrainian government has required pensioners from separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk to register as internally displaced in government-controlled areas of Ukraine to receive pensions and other entitlements. According to Andriy Reva, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, the number of settlers from the occupied territories receiving pensions has increased by 80,000 over the past year.

In fact, PACE officially recognized occupied areas in Donbas as "effectively controlled" by Russia.

Further debunk by Stop Fake.

Keywords: EU, Economic difficulties, War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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No court case in Russia for "liking" on social media
Additional details: [Context: Russia's legislation on extremism] Not a single court case has been instituted in Russia for "liking" on social media, said Alexander Kurennoy, the official representative of the Prosecutor General.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: tass.ru/proisshestviya/5622469
Disinforming outlet(s): Tass
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In fact, Russia's investigative committee opened a criminal case under the article on extremism against a doctor from Khabarovsk, who “liked” a picture condemning the participation of Russians in the war in eastern Ukraine. The man claimed to have liked the image by accident.

Further debunk by The Insider.

Keywords: social media, Eastern Ukraine, Surveillance, Censorship
Countries: Russia
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Only Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey invest in Georgia
Additional details: The US doesn't invest in Georgia and doesn't help the economic development. Only Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey invest in Georgia, said Bondo Mdzinarashvili, the host of TV Obiektivi.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: www.myvideo.ge/v/3673396
Disinforming outlet(s): TV Obiektivi
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In accordance with 2016 Eurostat data, the EU is the most important trade partner of Georgia with 30% share in its overall trade (27% in total export and 31% imports). The EU provides over €100 million in assistance to Georgia annually.  https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/49070/Georgia%20and%20the%20EU

According to the National Statistics Office of Georgia, nearly a half - 48% - of the foreign direct investments made in Georgia in the last 20 years (1997-2017) falls on the United States and the EU member countries.

Further debunk by Mythdetector.

Keywords: economy, US
Countries: Russia, US, Georgia
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US Special Services are behind the Constantinople Patriarchate
Additional details: After instigating a war between Russia and Ukraine and making these two brotherly nations sworn enemies, the ''democratic West'' by means of its political instrument - the World Patriarchate - started interfering in the canonical space of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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The American Special Services are behind the Constantinople Patriarchate and they prepare a big rift in the Orthodox world.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: Printed newspaper, 12-18 September/Page 3
Disinforming outlet(s): The Georgia and the World
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring conspiracy theory on Western secret services, no evidence given. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77121&date=

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine.

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, see further debunk here: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/kyiv-is-moving-from-a-civil-war-to-a-terrorist-war-crimea-was-used-by-isis-members-as-a-hub/

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.

Keywords: Democracy, Orthodox Church, Secret services
Countries: Russia, The West, Ukraine, Georgia
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US prepares biological weapons against Russia
Additional details: American diplomats are transporting infected blood and pathogenic viruses to the Lugar Laboratory in Georgia, where the US tries to create a biological weapon against Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Zvezda TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is building biological laboratories in the Caucasus region.

The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector.

Keywords: Biological weapons, Anti-Russian, Destabilising Russia
Countries: Russia, US, Georgia
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Rehabilitation of German Nazism in the Baltic countries and Ukraine
Additional details: There are attempts to rehabilitate Hitler and Nazism in the Baltic countries and Ukraine. Europe ignores this.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The article offers no evidence for the claim. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation attempting to link Ukraine and the Baltic countries with Nazism. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date=

The Nazi ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. For further debunking see here https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-eu-is-a-nazi-project-the-plan-to-form-the-eu-was-created-within-nazi-germany/

 

Keywords: Adolf Hitler, Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist, Baltic states
Countries: Ukraine, Baltic states
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"They are going to brainwash them": Kyiv is deploying forces to Western Ukraine
Additional details: The administration in Kyiv is planning to introduce a 90-day-long state of emergency in Transcarpathia. This will introduce several restrictions for people. A few days ago a document was published, which suggests that Kyiv is losing control over Western Ukraine. Allegedly, the letter was written by Oleg Voyevodin, the head of the Ukrainian Securty Service in Transcarpathia, to Alexander Turchinov. In it, Vojevodin discusses activities that would be performed by the secret services to prepare the region for the state of emergency.

According to the article, there are two possible goals by introducing this state of emergency: there are separatists in Transcarpathia that Kyiv had kept secret before; or they are trying to save Petro Poroshenko's presidency by making it impossible to hold elections in the whole country.

Additionally, a local Ukrainian reporter shot a video of Ukrainian military units going from Lviv to Transcarpathia.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: Political Capital Institute
Disproof note:

There is no proof that Ukraine wants to introduce a state of emergency anywhere in the country, and nothing suggests that there are either separatists in Transcarpathia or the administration wants to avoid elections.

 

 

Keywords: ethnic tension, Ukrainian disintegration
Countries: Hungary, Ukraine
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