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Ukraine is back in the focus of pro-Kremlin media, as Maidan protests started seven years ago.

A chapter in the recent study by NATO StratCom COE lists and compares narratives that were pushed by the pro-Kremlin media in 2016 and 2018. One of these narratives, present in both years, is the claim that the idea of Russian threat is ridiculous.

Fast forward two years and what do we see? The Lithuanian Sputnik announces that NATO and the Baltic states are using the “Russian threat” to justify security agreements with the US and deployment of NATO troops in their territories. The Sputnik article concludes with a bombshell: “Moscow has said it has no plans to attack any country.”

Hmm, unless this country is Ukraine. Or Georgia. Or…

It is clear that the renewed interest in security and territorial defence of European countries post the 2014 aggression against Ukraine is a concern for pro-Kremlin media. In such articles the pro-Kremlin media applies a cocktail of unfounded claims about agressiveness towards Russia with ridicule and threats of destruction if someone even dares to think about buying something painted in camouflage.

The latest example of this comes from the TASS Russian news agency, as commentary on the Finnish plan to buy multi-role fighters: “Maybe Finns are not aware that all Iskanders [short-range ballistic missile system] at the Leningrad Oblast now most likely look not only at the Baltic countries, but also at Finns.”

Thus, according to pro-Kremlin media, it’s all clear: Russia has no plans to attack anyone, Russia aims its short-range ballistic missiles at its neighbours, but the Russian threat should be discounted.

Or is it clear? 23 out of 69 cases we collected this week focus on Ukraine, since the events on the Maidan square began in November 2013 and were later followed by illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. The anniversary of Maidan, a touchy topic for the Kremlin, also explains why lots of old classic disinformation narratives were dusted off:

  1. There is civil war in Ukraine
  2. Ukraine lost its sovereignty after Euromaidan
  3. Euromaidan was a coup (armed, fascist and Russophobic!)

There are also some new unfounded claims stating that Ukraine will send people who own Russian passport to concentration camps or even “death camps“.

However, the aforementioned narratives are outperformed by the claim that in 2014 the Crimean population realised the right to self-determination through a free and peaceful vote in accordance with international standards.

Paraphrasing the ’With a Little Help From My Friends’ by The Beatles “I get self-determination with a little help from my little green friends (in tanks and armoured personnel carriers)!”

Now, on a more serious note (kidding!) this week also offered some humorous examples of disinformation. According to pro-Kremlin media, the values of the Council of Europe and the European Union are the values of Satan and that homosexuals having the right to create a family leads to “…catastrophic destruction“ greenlighting Sodom and Gomorrah.

The last example of disinformation comes from the US and concerns Skinny Joey or Joey Merlino, a reputed Philadelphia mob boss. Supposedly he was paid 3 million dollars to forge 300,000 votes for Joe Biden. But as often happens with interesting claims and pro-Kremlin disinformation, there is no evidence to support them.


related disinfo cases

Date
Title
Outlets
Country
24.11.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania
US, Baltic states, Russia
23.11.2020
  • asd.news
Ukraine
23.11.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania - Russian
EU, Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic states, Latvia
23.11.2020
  • Tsargrad TV
EU
23.11.2020
  • News Front - English
Ukraine, Russia
22.11.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
Romania, Moldova, Ukraine
21.11.2020
  • Ria Novosti
US
21.11.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania - Russian,
  • Sputnik Lithuania
USSR, US, Russia
21.11.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
UK, Germany, Ukraine, Russia
21.11.2020
  • Sputnik Georgia
USSR, US, Russia
20.11.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania - Russian
Lithuania
20.11.2020
  • ukraina.ru
Ukraine, Russia
20.11.2020
  • asd.news
Ukraine
20.11.2020
  • RT English
Ukraine, Russia
20.11.2020
  • News Front - German
Germany, Ukraine
20.11.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, US, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
20.11.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
EU, Germany, US, Russia
20.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
Germany, US
20.11.2020
  • asd.news,
  • InfoRuss,
  • mpsh.ru
Moldova, Ukraine
20.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
US
20.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
US
19.11.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
Russia
19.11.2020
  • novoross.info
Ukraine, Russia
19.11.2020
  • News Front - Russian,
  • News Front - French
UK, Russia
19.11.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Georgia
18.11.2020
  • News Front - Russian
Ukraine
18.11.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
Ukraine
18.11.2020
  • politnavigator.net,
  • Nash TV Channel - YouTube
Ukraine
18.11.2020
  • RIAFAN - Russian
Ukraine
18.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
Germany, Russia
18.11.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Russia
18.11.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, Russia
18.11.2020
  • Sputnik Spain
Azerbaijan, Armenia, US, Russia
18.11.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • RT France - Facebook
Venezuela, US
17.11.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Russia
17.11.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • RT France - Facebook,
  • RT France - Twitter
Russia
16.11.2020
  • Sputnik France - YouTube,
  • Sputnik France,
  • Sputnik France
US
16.11.2020
  • RT English
Ukraine, Russia
16.11.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Moldova, Belarus
16.11.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
China, US, Russia
15.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
EU, US, Russia
15.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
EU, US
15.11.2020
  • lenta.ru
Ukraine
15.11.2020
  • NTV - YouTube
Russia
13.11.2020
  • Sputnik France,
  • RT English
US, Russia
13.11.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • New Hub,
  • arabicmedia.shafaqna.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • almaghribi.ma,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • kachaf.com,
  • nala4u.com,
  • sahafaty.net,
  • Khabaralyoum,
  • qabsa.com
EU, Germany, US
13.11.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US
13.11.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • arabicmedia.shafaqna.com,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • ,
  • New Hub,
  • newsformy.com,
  • alaan.org,
  • ,
  • almatareed.org
UK, Turkey, Russia
13.11.2020
  • dontimes.ru
Ukraine
13.11.2020
  • TASS - Russian,
  • Argumenty i Fakty Sankt-Peterburg
Finland, US, Russia
13.11.2020
  • Georgia and the World,
  • Tvalsazrisi,
  • News Front - Georgian,
  • Saqinform,
  • Tvm.ge
Moldova, Russia
12.11.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • dowwar.com,
  • New Hub,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • eshraag.com
US
12.11.2020
  • Sputnik Czech,
  • Sputnik Czech
Ukraine, Russia
11.11.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Ukraine
11.11.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
US, Ukraine
11.11.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • newsformy.com,
  • New Hub,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • ,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • saudi.shafaqna.com
Syria
11.11.2020
  • RT Spanish,
  • Sputnik Spain
EU, Syria, US
11.11.2020
  • RT Spanish
EU, Syria, US
11.11.2020
  • RT Spanish
EU, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, US
11.11.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US
09.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
US
09.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
EU, Venezuela, US, Belarus
06.11.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
US
06.11.2020
  • Livenews.am
EU
06.11.2020
  • eadaily.com
Georgia
06.11.2020
  • Sputnik Azerbaijan
03.11.2020
  • News Front - Bulgarian
Romania, Moldova, Russia
02.11.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • The Nation Press Arab,
  • newsformy.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • New Hub,
  • Khabar One,
  • sahafaty.net,
  • arabesqe
EU, Ukraine, Russia
28.10.2020
  • novorosinform.org
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, US, Ukraine, Russia