This past Sunday, Ukrainians elected a new president: in a landslide victory of over 73%, comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy won the presidency from the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko. Whatever one might think of the result, the contest was ultimately a triumph of democracy, with free and fair elections followed by a peaceful transfer of power. International observers have described the elections as the cleanest in the country’s history. Indeed, Ukraine deserves congratulations not only for succeeding where many other countries have not, but for doing so despite enduring more than five years of Russian war, disinformation, and hybrid aggression aimed its destruction.

Naturally, the pro-Kremlin media is taking a distinctly contrary view, and instead of commending Ukraine for its success is doubling down on efforts to portray the country as corrupt, unstable, and controlled by foreign powers. This week, we observed a strong dual effort to delegitimize the election outcome – for instance by falsely claiming that six million Ukrainians were denied the right to vote and that the US controls both candidates – as well as reassert prevailing pro-Kremlin narratives about the illegitimacy of Ukraine’s government, the status of Crimea, and the war in eastern Ukraine. Internationally, these efforts are an attempt to retain narrative control about Ukraine during the high-profile election and post-election period, while domestically they are intended to discourage popular support for democratic reform by painting Ukraine as a failed state.

Alternate Reality

The stories manufacturing an alternate reality about Ukraine ranged from the routine to the absurd. As usual, we’re told that the fascist Ukrainian regime came to power by a coup, that Russia did not instigate the war in Donbas and still has nothing to do with it, and that it was in fact the US that first triggered the conflict in 2014. Crimea chose to rejoin Russia in a democratic referendum and has since become an integral part of the country – apparently, even Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged that Crimea belongs to Russia! Meanwhile, Ukraine has simply become a vassal state of Germany – which, in turn, is a vassal of the US and lacks any true sovereignty. And then the absurd: since neither of Ukraine’s two presidential candidates will end the violence in Donbas, electing an alien is the only hope for peace. Yes, really – the pro-Kremlin media would rather facetiously invoke an extraterrestrial saviour than admit Russia’s responsibility and leading role in the war.

As we have covered previously, demeaning and ridiculing political candidates is a common Kremlin tactic during election periods. One especially interesting case this week shows how shrewd these efforts can be: an exit poll published on a site claiming to belong to a Ukrainian election monitoring organisation likened the contest to a vote for chocolate versus “Green Tarkhun” (a neon, tarragon-flavoured soda). Poroshenko, the founder of a major confectionary corporation, is known as Ukraine’s “Chocolate King”, while Zelenskiy, in Ukrainian, relates to “green” (зелений). But as it turns out, no public record exists about the organisation in question. The website that published the “poll” was registered only on April 4th, just weeks ahead of the elections.

Finally, the pro-Kremlin media’s election coverage wouldn’t be complete without a Jewish conspiracy. As president, we are told, Zelenskiy will be controlled by the US and Israel thanks to Ihor Kolomoyskiy, his primary sponsor and an Israeli puppet. Of course, there is no effort to reconcile this with the contradictory and longstanding narrative that the Ukrainian regime is fascist. Indeed, the Russian disinformation machine has also been conspicuously silent about the fact that Zelenskiy is Jewish, which is a particularly inconvenient truth when one of your favourite arguments is that Ukraine is full of neo-Nazis. Just this week, another story claimed that Ukraine is consolidating Nazism under the guise of elections, and that Kyiv is making plans to celebrate Hitler’s birthday. But we mustn’t be too surprised – after all, logic and consistency have never exactly been the Kremlin’s strong suit.

Notre Dame Conspiracies, Continued…

Aliens didn’t feature only in context of the Ukrainian elections – apparently, they were also responsible for the Notre Dame fire. Numerous UFOs were spotted during the blaze, and the same aliens are now purportedly planning an attack on another cathedral.

But hey, if aliens aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other alternative explanations to pick from – except that of the French authorities, of course! Official statements claim that the fire wasn’t caused by arson, which obviously means that it was. But who is behind it? The French intelligence services, or Islamists? Or perhaps it was the Freemasons, who have destroyed the evidence before escaping from Earth!

Foreign media filmed a staged scene of another false chemical attack in Syria
Additional details: Correspondents and workers of foreign media filmed a staged scene in which a family died after an alleged “chemical attack” of Syrian troops in the village of Morek, in the province of Hama, according to chief of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation in Syria.
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No evidence is provided to support the claim. Accusations of staged scenes and filming of allegedly false chemical attacks in Syria are a recurring narrative in Russian propaganda.

See other examples here, here and here.

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The Ukrainian conflict was sparked by the USA
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The Ukrainian conflict was sparked by the USA in 2014.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine. It was Russia who annexed Crimea and provoked a war in Donbas, not the US.

Keywords: Donbas
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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In Ukraine, chocolate stocks decline, as soft drink rises
Additional details: The gap between the soft drink Tarkhun and chocolate bars grows. The exit poll conducted by the Ukrainian Academy of Monitoring, Analysis and Forecast shows that by 1:00pm on April 21, 71.8% of voters voted for presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyiy popularly known as "Green Tarkhun", while 28.2% of the respondents chose "chocolate", i.e., the current head of state Petro Poroshenko.
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A recurring narrative on defaming the Ukrainian election and its candidates. Similar cases can be found here.

The website of the Ukrainian Academy of Monitoring, Analysis and Forecast, which is mentioned by the Russian state-owned site "Ukraina.ru", was registered on April 4, 2019, only a few weeks before the second round of the presidential election. There is no information about this organisation in any open databases.

Officially, there are three organisations that organise the “National exit poll 2019” in Ukraine: Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, and the Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Research.

Keywords: Elections
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If Zelenskiy wins, US will influence him through Israel
Additional details: No matter who will be new Ukraine's president, US will totally control the country's politics. Ihor Kolomoyskiy, Volodymyr Zelenskiy's main sponsor, is fully under Israel's control. Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have close relations with Israel, so they will influence Kolomoyskiy through Israel if they wish. In case Zelenskiy attempts to distance himself from Kolomoyskiy, American total influence will continue, as they control the IMF which gives loans to Ukraine.
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Conspiracy theory, no evidence given about alleged Jared Kushner's high degree of control over Israeli policy-makers, about Israel's influence over Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskiy, or about Western influence over the Ukrainian electoral process. Recurring disinformation narrative about Western meddling in Ukraine's elections and Ukraine as a state under foreign control.

Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Conspiracy
Countries: Israel, Ukraine, US
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The US wants to separate Europe from Russia and dominate in the region
Additional details: The US wants to separate Europe from Russia and dominate in the region. It had always been important for the US strategy (and before that for the world strategy of the British Crown) to separate Europe and Russia from each other, so that no Eurasian alliance would emerge. This would be the end of US global hegemony. From the Anglo-American point of view, domination of the Eurasian continent is enormously important.
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Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia.

Both the US and the EU are trying to keep open channels of communications with Russia, despite ongoing Russian disinformation attempts.

The EU recognise Russia as a key partner on the international scene.  The current legal basis for EU-Russia relations is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which came into force in 1997.  The PCA is complemented by sectorial agreements covering a wide range of policy areas, including political dialogue, trade, science and technology, education, energy and environment, transport, and prevention of illegal activities.  Some of these dialogues and consultations have been suspended following the Russian annexation of Crimea.

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, in line with five guiding principles of relations with Russia.

Keywords: Anti-Russian, Anglo-Saxon, Russophobia, The West
Countries: Europe, Russia, US
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The Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios fled the country: he is in conflict with Poroshenko
Additional details: The Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios fled Ukraine: he is in conflict with Poroshenko. Ostensibly, Anatoliy Matios passed the data on corruption in the sphere of defence, where Poroshenko’s protégés are involved, to journalists.

Chief Military Attorney Anatoliy Matios escaped Ukraine, because he is scared of criminal prosecution because of the case of crimes in the "Ukroboronprom" company.

 
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Disinforming outlet(s): tvzvezda.ru, ntv.ru, gazeta.ru, znaj.ua, p-p.com.ua, bn24.biz.ua, vgolos.com.ua, newsmakers.com.ua, ridus.ru, ua.sbu.ua
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The source of this piece of news about the Chief Military prosecutor of Ukraine escaping the country in the Ukrainian and Russian media  is a Facebook post.  

The Chief Military Attorney Anatoliy Matios debunked (video from 19:50) this himself during his joint press briefing with the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Vasyl Hrytsak in Kyiv on April 17th.

I want to say with a smile: I am not a double, not a tee, and not even a clone of the fugitive Anatoliy Matios, the military prosecutor that “departed from the territory of Ukraine, escaping”, of which all Russian propaganda media were speaking for several days.  We “ran away” for work, and the work is demonstrated today, and this work is joint, for the state, together with the SBU”, Matios said.

Part of a broader pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against Petro Poroshenko.

Keywords: Ukraine, Intelligence services, Petro Poroshenko, SBU
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukrainian military and economic sphere will collapse without Russia and the CIS
Additional details: Ukraine is expecting multi-billion dollar budget losses and problems in its cooperation with countries in the post-Soviet space. Such a grim future awaits Ukraine after a break in international treaties signed within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). After the break in relations with the CIS countries, even the Ukrainian military sphere is waiting for the collapse.
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One of the multiple recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Ukraine and its impending economic and political collapse.

The Ukrainian leadership reported on a possible withdrawal from the CIS in 2014, after the start of Russian aggression. In 2018, President Petro Poroshenko said that he had submitted to the Ukrainian Parliament Verkhovna Rada a bill to annul the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia. One year ago Ukraine withdrew from the treaty, but there is no "collapse of the economy" as promised by Russian propaganda.

As for the military sphere, Ukraine has now shifted from the Russian market to the European one. Under the Agreement of the Association of the European Union with Ukraine, the countries committed themselves to improving the military potential, in particular, technical issues. In addition, the Annual National Program under the auspices of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, is a programme of strategic reforms and other measures necessary to ensure the effective, purposeful and systematic preparation of Ukraine for NATO membership.

Keywords: Hybrid war, Economic difficulties, CIS
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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NATO considers Russia an enemy and develops Cold War era thinking
Additional details: NATO considers Russia an enemy and develops Cold War era thinking.

In the meantime a new opponent has been reinvented: Russia.  NATO is playing the old Cold War game. Russia had to serve as an old enemy again.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as having belligerent agenda against Russia.

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has introduced sweeping changes to its membership and working practices – changes made clear by its adoption of new Strategic Concepts in 1999 and 2010.  Accusations that NATO has retained its Cold War purpose ignore the reality of those changes.

Additionally, NATO reached out to Russia with a series of partnership initiatives, culminating in the foundation of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002.  No other country outside the alliance has such a privileged relationship with NATO.

As stated by NATO heads of state and government at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia.  But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest".

Keywords: security threat, New Cold War, Anti-Russian, Cold War, Russophobia, NATO
Countries: Russia, The West, US
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American "Deep State" strikes, NATO is a part of it
Additional details: The American "Deep State" strikes.  NATO has links to it.

The book "The Deep State Strikes" aims to shed light on the dark sides of world and background politics.  This volume contains several guest articles and deals critically with the activities of the so-called "Deep State".  "This is also called 'Permanent Bureaucracy' or 'Permanent Government' and is completely independent of democratic elections".

In this book, former air force officer of the German Armed Forces Jochen Scholz analyses the USA in its current state of world politics as a "tumbling hegemon in aggression mode".
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Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western hegemony and belligerent West.

The idea of a "deep state" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists. Its manifestations might be different, but generally the concept conjures up the image of a small group of men, deciding the fate of the world behind the scenes.

However, there is no evidence of  such a "permanent bureaucracy" or "permanent government" existing in the United States.  Therefore there is also no evidence that NATO has any connection to the so-called 'deep state'.

 

Keywords: security threat, NATO, Conspiracy, The West
Countries: International, US
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EU institutions take away freedom from the European nations
Additional details: The European Institutions take away the freedom from the European nations and introduce useless standards, legal and economic. They also interfere through these instruments in cultural issues and issues related to social policy and migration.
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Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the corrupt and undemocratic EU and on the failed European values.

Article 5 of the Treaty on the European Union ensured the principle of subsidiarity, which guarantees that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that constant checks are made to verify that action at EU level is justified in light of the possibilities available at national, regional or local level. It is the principle whereby the EU does not take action (except in the areas that fall within its exclusive competence), unless it is more effective than action taken at national, regional or local level. Learn more here.

The acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - is binding on all the EU member states. It is constantly evolving and comprises:

  • the content, principles and political objectives of the Treaties;
  • legislation adopted pursuant to the Treaties and the case law of the Court of Justice;
  • declarations and resolutions adopted by the Union;
  • instruments under the Common Foreign and Security Policy;
  • international agreements concluded by the Union and those entered into by the member states among themselves within the sphere of the Union's activities.

However, operating on a basis of mutual agreement and cooperation, the EU respects the will of its members to opt-out from certain policies.

Keywords: Euro-scepticism, migration, EU disintegration, European values, Europe
Countries: EU, Poland
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Russia has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine
Additional details: The actions of the current leadership of Ukraine in the Donbas are criminal. For five years now the government of Petro Poroshenko has been leading a criminal war against its own citizens.  Despite the accusations of the Ukrainian authorities, Russia has nothing to do with the civil war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukraine's accusations against Russia concerning Donbas are unfounded.
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The concept of "civil war" in Ukraine is a classic narrative of Russian disinformation about the war in Ukraine

Five years ago, in April 2014, the head of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchinov, announced the launch of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Eastern Ukraine.  This was a reaction to attempts by illegal Russian armed groups controlled by Russia to seize administrative buildings and security forces in the Donbas. The fighting began the next day of the same year. Later, the anti-terrorist operation was reformatted into the United Force Operation.

After the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbas, there was a reaction from the United States and the European Union, which imposed the first sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine. Anti-Russian restrictions have been repeatedly extended and supplemented.

Ukraine has repeatedly provided evidence of Russia's participation in the war in the east of the country. In January 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported that Kyiv filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice of the United Nations with the aim of bringing Russia to responsibility for committing acts of terrorism and discrimination, which are the result of its illegal aggression against Ukraine.  The lawsuit contains all the facts of Russian aggression against Ukraine, evidence of the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the occupation of Donbas.

In addition, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in April 2018 at the official level found Russia guilty of occupying Donbas. The Assembly’s report introduced the concept of "temporarily occupied territories (of Ukraine) in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, controlled by the Russian occupation administration".

Keywords: Civil war, Donbas, Sanctions
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukraine has become a vassal of Germany
Additional details: Ukraine has become a vassal of Germany.

It reflects the basically colonial system of the geopolitical chain of vassals and overlords that exists in the world.  The USA gives Germany direct commands.  But the Germans also behave in the same way towards Ukraine; supposedly they know better what should be right for the country.  That is the purpose of the current geopolitical system, and that cannot be said out loud in Europe.
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No evidence provided.  Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU and US relations with Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state.  Neither US, nor the EU countries in general or Germany in particular control Ukraine.  Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, but were violated by Russia in 2014.

Moreover, Germany is very keen to see a stable, democratic and economically flourishing Ukraine.  The German Government is assisting Ukraine’s transition to a market economy and its efforts to move closer to European structures.  In the wake of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in contravention of international law and in light of the military conflict in eastern Ukraine that has claimed large numbers of victims, Germany is seeking to reach a peaceful settlement of the crisis in close cooperation with its European and international partners, especially within the framework of what is known as the Normandy format (Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia).

For the EU countries Ukraine is a priority partner.  In June 2014, EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values.

 

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine, US, Germany
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Fire at Notre Dame de Paris caused in order to hide the theft of funds
Additional details: The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral might have been caused in order to hide the theft of funds allocated for restoration work.


The Cathedral may also have been targeted by Islamist radicals.
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No evidence given. See more pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Notre Dame fire in Paris here.

The investigation into the causes of the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris is ongoing. According to French prosecutors, the fire that tore through Notre-Dame cathedral was probably caused by accident.

Keywords: Notre Dame
Countries: Europe, France
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Three versions as for the origin of fire at Notre Dame de Paris: accident, Islamist terror attack, revenge of yellow vests
Additional details: Accidental ignition during restoration works at Notre-Dame is still the main version of the ongoing investigation of the fire reasons.

But the fire at Notre-Dame began to storm too strongly and everywhere at the same time. This is not a gas station to flash from one spark. There wasn't enough wooden elements to be embraced by such a powerful fire. Many experts doubt that the cause of the fire was natural.

The second version: revenge against Macron from the left groups of Yellow vests. The fire started directly before Emmanuel Macron was supposed to address the nation and he was forced to postpone his speech. In France there are a lot of ultra leftists of all colours, from Trotskyists to anarchists, perhaps this was a planned blow against everything that they hate: religion, state, and Macron as the formal leader.

All this, of course, makes the  "Islamist" hypothesis much less probable. However, it occurred on the day of the beginning of the Holy Week in France. And there were already numerous cases when terrible events took place at this particular time. So, the "message" is evident.
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According to the official investigation, most likely an accident occurred due to renovation works activity, which started more then one year ago at Notre-Dame. In particular, according to firemen, the fire started in the area under renovation. The fire began from a spire which was encircled in scaffolding. Having collapsed in front of the face of journalists (the photo and video footage of the spire falling became very famous), the spire threw fire on all cathedral.

No other versions were advanced so far by the investigators.

 

Keywords: Notre Dame, yellow vests
Countries: France
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Russia did not start the war in Donbas
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It was not Russia that started the war in Donbas.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

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 (2014) 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."

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".

At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine and Russian involvement in the occupation of Crimea.

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The Ukrainian regime was brought to power by a coup d'état
Additional details: The Ukrainian regime is supported by fascists and was brought to power by a coup d'état with the support of NATO and the EU.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Euromaidan.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

The 2014 presidential election in Ukraine was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and respecting fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions of the country.  According to the OSCE, "the people of Ukraine had the opportunity to genuinely express their will at the ballot box".

This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014.  The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered votes real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

Keywords: War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine
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United States control both Ukrainian presidential candidates, the country will remain anti-Russian on US orders
Additional details: Ukraine will remain an anti-Russian ram for the US regardless who of the two presidential candidates will win. Washington will demand a continuation of anti-Russian policies by Kyiv. Ukraine has come back to the state of ruin and risks turning into wild field in the medium term. Sooner or later Russia will have to re-colonise Ukraine to rid it from western influences.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about the Ukrainian elections and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are violated by Russia.

Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine, Conspiracy, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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Only an alien can stop the war against the population and bring peace to Donbas
Additional details: Ukrainian army military actions against the population of South-Eastern Ukraine started in April 2014. Neither of the two presidential candidates will likely resolve the Donbas conflict. The anti-terrorist operation in Eastern Ukraine has turned into the symbol of Ukraine's existence. In this light, peace in Donbas can only be guaranteed by an alien accidentally elected as a president.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the war in Donbass, which does not mention the well documented Russian involvement, which violated Ukraine's territorial integrity, including by supporting and arming separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine. Legally the term 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' was replaced with the Joint Forces Operation in April 2018.

As for the Minsk agreements, Kyiv repeatedly stated that only Minsk agreements can stop the war and ensure peace in this region. "In conclusion, I wish to reiterate that Ukraine remains committed to the peaceful resolution of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, started by Russia, which includes full implementation of the Minsk agreements in their entirety and de‑occupation of Crimea", the Statement by the delegation of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna on 13 November 2018 read.

 

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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Georgia unwilling to make non-use of force pledge in Geneva
Additional details: At the latest round of the Geneva International Discussions for security and stability in the South Caucasus, which are regularly held in accordance with the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement reached immediately after the August 2008 war, three delegations stressed the need to adopt a joint statement on non-use of force. However, the counterproductive position of the Georgian side has again thwarted progress on this issue.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin Russian narrative accusing Tbilisi of starting the August 2008 war with Russia on Georgia’s own territory.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili made a statement on Georgia’s unilateral commitment not to use force as early as in November 2010, when he addressed the European Parliament. The Georgian Parliament in March 2013 and President Giorgi Margvelashvili in May 2016 both reiterated the commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict and unilateral non-use of force pledge.

A commitment not to use armed force became relevant after Russia’s military aggression against Georgia in August 2008. However, Russia has not assumed an obligation not to use force, although it is required to so in the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement.

 

Keywords: South Ossetia, Russo-Georgian War
Countries: Russia, Georgia
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Poland will lose its economic power like Italy if it adopts euro
Additional details: Poland should not adopt euro. It will follow the destiny of the Southern European countries. The de-industrialisation processes hit the Southern European countries as soon as they adopted euro. They lost their competitiveness to Germany. Italy, once a powerful industrial country, lost its power.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative demonising the EU, the Eurozone and claiming that euro is responsible for the economic downfall of many European countries. Read a recent similar case here.

The Eurozone shows a GDP growth of 2.4% as of 2017 according to the World Bank and a real GDP growth of 1.3% in accordance with IMF data. In April 2019, the International Monetary Fund indicates the real GDP growth of the countries who have recently adopted euro the following way: 3.2 % for Estonia, 3.3% for Latvia, 2.9% for Lithuania and 4.1% for Slovakia. Eurostat data also reveals predominately stable GDP growth in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia since the last global crisis of 2008.

Poland has been a champion in the economic growth in Europe and benefited a lot from its membership in the EU in recent years. These two factors form a positive forecast for is future as a part of the European Union and also the Eurozone.

The reasons for the economic problems listed by the IMF in their recent report show no connection with the euro adoption in Italy.

Keywords: euro, Euro-scepticism, economy, EU disintegration
Countries: Poland, Italy, Germany
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The US is the founder and supporter of international terrorist groups
Additional details: The US government and its armed forces are the symbols of international military and economic terrorism.

It is the US government that should be held accountable as the founder and supporter of terrorist groups.
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US supporting or working together with terrorist groups.

The US is fighting against Daesh together with the Global Coalition against Daesh.

A report by the Conflict Armament Research has found that up to 90 per cent of weapons seized from ISIS in Iraq and Syria originated from China, Russia and Eastern Europe, but not the US.

Keywords: Terrorism financing, Terrorism, The West
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Notre Dame fire: it was arson and not the only case
Additional details: With the ruins of the Notre Dame still smoking, French officials were repeating like parrots - apparently on the orders of Macron - "there was no arson." Open text answer is: This was arson, and not the only case.

Recently, in France, an epidemic of vandalism in Christian churches has been taking place. In the church of Lavaur, unknown authors burned down the altar. Over the last month, two dozen churches were set on fire in France.
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No evidence given, neither for the claims of arson at Notre-Dame, nor for the claims on "dozen churches being vandalised". After the first week of investigations and after after studying video surveillance footage and interviewing witnesses, the theory of an electrical failure is preferred by the investigators . Investigations are continuing and the full investigation will likely take several months.

In the case of Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, located 300 meters away from a school, teenagers who allegedly burnt the altar cloth and committed other acts of vandalism were identified using video surveillance data and incriminated. The presence of cakes in a confessional and the twisted arm of Christ in the form of dab (a popular dance among teenagers) suggest that the authors were more likely to look for troubled teens than religious fanatics, summarizes La Depeche.

The French ministry of the Interior released statistics in which both major and minor accidents, like graffiti tags on Church walls, were listed as acts of vandalism, concluding that such vandalism cases occur up to 2,9 a day, reminds Liberation. However, the figure has remained stable over the past years.

Keywords: Notre Dame
Countries: France
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Germany is a vassal of the US
Additional details: Germany is a vassal of the US. The USA gives Germany direct commands.  It reflects the basically colonial system of the geopolitical chain of vassals and overlords that exists in the world.
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Disinforming outlet(s): RT Deutsch
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations.

Germany is an independent and sovereign country and is not dependent on the United States of America in terms of foreign policy making and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence.  Germany and the US have close partner relations of two sovereign and independent countries.

For other examples see: Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe; The USA is controlling Europe through occupied Germany; Germany will have to choose between defending Europe's interest and catering to Washington.

Keywords: US presence in Europe, Sovereignty, Conspiracy
Countries: US, Germany
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The West "did not notice" that more than 6 million Ukrainians were deprived of the right to vote
Additional details: The West "did not notice" that more than 6 million Ukrainians - those living in Donbas region, those who are working in Russia and temporary migrants - were deprived of the right to vote in the elections. Thus, the West has demonstrated "double standards and selective approach".
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Link to the disinformation: tass.ru/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/6366451
Disinforming outlet(s): Tass
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No evidence given. This is a recurring narrative on the Ukraine elections.

According to OPORA civic network, an election watchdog, voting stations were opened in both regions. In Donetsk oblasts, there are 12 electoral districts (for an estimated 1.4 million voters), while in Luhansk oblast, there are 6 districts (for an estimated 522,000 voters). They were all open according to schedule.

Voting stations were even opened in the zone of military operations in Donbas – where military personnel are voting. According to Ukraine’s General Staff, there are a total of 79 special voting stations in the area of the Joint Forces Operation: 14 in Luhansk oblast and 65 in Donetsk oblast. “Voting has been organised in accordance with the law and is occurring without excesses,” according to the military.

On top, the website of the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine advises that residents of the Donbas, who live in territory not controlled by Kyiv, can still participate in the elections. To do this, they have to come to the Department of State for Voter Registration in order to submit an application.
Further debunking by Stop Fake.
Keywords: Ukraine, Donbas, Elections
Countries: West, Ukraine
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Zelenskiy’s new Twitter account follows the official Kremlin account and Dmitry Medvedev
Additional details: Zelenskiy’s new Twitter account follows the official Kremlin account, and that of Russian PM Medvedev.

Zelenskiy wrote his first "presidential" tweet in Russian and immediately subscribed to the Kremlin and Medvedev.
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Disinforming outlet(s): ukraina.ru
pravda.if.ua
dsnews.ua
bykvu.com
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The team of Volodymyr Zelenskiy claims that there are many fake accounts of Zelenskiy created in social networks, and that the Twitter account mentioned earlier in the news, which follows official Kremlin and Russia's prime minister Dmitry Medvedev is also fake.

Zelenskiy's team posted a list of official pages and sources.

One of the many pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives around the Ukrainian elections.

 

 

Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Twitter
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Behind the curtains of the Ukrainian election: Kyiv plans to celebrate Hitler's birthday
Additional details: Under the guise of elections, Ukraine is consolidating Nazism and introducing slavery for the Donbas region. Nazis from Europe, from Finland to the Czech Republic, are organizing events to celebrate Hitler's birthday. One of these events is the festival "Fortress Europe", taking place on the 22 April.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Voyennoye Obozreniye
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the elections in Ukraine and Nazism in Ukraine.

Ukraine is not organising or hosting any events connected with Adolf Hitler's birthday. The rock festival "Fortress Europe", planned for June, is not an official, state-supported event.

Keywords: Donbas, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Europe, Ukraine
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The Freemasons ordered the fire at the Notre Dame
Additional details: The Freemasons ordered the fire at Notre Dame. A secret world society, the Committee of 300, destroys evidence before escaping from Earth.
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Link to the disinformation: vistanews.ru/science/sverhestestvennoe/293516
Disinforming outlet(s): Vista News
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Recurrent pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about the fire in Notre Dame. The investigation into the causes of the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris is ongoing. Recently, the French investigators stated that an electrical short circuit may have caused the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Hinting on the existence of secret societies, ruling the world from behind the curtains, is a frequent method used by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets, to sow distrust in national authorities and state bodies.

 

Keywords: Notre Dame, Conspiracy
Countries: France
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Fire at Notre Dame de Paris: aliens' first target
Additional details: The fire at Notre Dame de Paris is the aliens' first target. Envoys from Nibiru are preparing an attack on a new cathedral, many UFOs have noticed during the fire in Notre Dame.


Europe is in danger due to the influence of special forces.
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Disinforming outlet(s): NLO Mir
Utro.ru
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The investigation into the causes of  the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris is ongoing. Recently, the French investigators stated that an electrical short circuit may have caused the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Extraterrestrial involvement is unlikely to be considered as a potential cause.

Recurrent pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about the fire in Notre Dame.

Keywords: Notre Dame, Conspiracy
Countries: Europe, France
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Notre Dame fire and Islamic terror attacks are probably linked
Additional details: Now the French police tries to find out whether intentional arson was a reason of the fire of Notre-Dame and if it was, who then stands behind this intention? There were already publications in which recent attacks on churches in France are listed. The question of whether these attacks are links of the same chain arises by itself.

It is already clear to many people that these acts are the work of the Islamic State. Destruction of others shrines is a common practice for Islamists. What to say here about France which continues to accept migrants from the Middle East and North Africa in thousands. Worse is coming.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Eadaily
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The ongoing police investigation of the Notre Dame fire origin reveals that it was most likely due to a short circuit in a temporary elevator used for renovation works. The version of arson was not confirmed by any evidence.

Conspiracy claims based on false allegations. No dozen Churches were burnt in France recently. An accidental fire took place in a church in Grenoble last January, police concluded, reminds France3 in response to conspiracy theories claiming it was arson. Two minor arsons took place in Lavaur and Paris due to presence of homeless people in a church in one case and teenagers in the other one, as previously reported.

French government documents even minor desecration cases occurred in Churches and does not conclude the numbers were increasing, reminds Liberation check news.

Keywords: Notre Dame
Countries: France
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NATO is an obstacle to global security
Additional details: As a result of its 2018 summit in Brussels, NATO has ceased to be a defensive alliance that contemplates the use of nuclear weapons only as an extreme measure. Instead it has become a “nuclear alliance” that no longer considers the use of nuclear weapons as an extreme measure. For this reason, NATO has become an obstacle to global security.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Italia
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that US and NATO’s nuclear policies are a threat to world peace and security. See previous cases here.

It is not true that NATO has ceased to be a defensive alliance, or that it no longer considers the use of nuclear weapons as an extreme measure.

NATO’s present nuclear policy is based on the NATO 2010 Strategic Concept and on the NATO 2012 Deterrence and Defence Posture Review.  According to these documents, the fundamental purpose of NATO’s nuclear forces is deterrence, which has been at the core of NATO’s mutual security guarantee and collective defence since its inception 70 years ago.  Moreover, these documents stress that “the circumstances under which NATO might have to use nuclear weapons are extremely remote”.

NATO’s 2018 summit in Brussels did not change these fundamental principles of its policy. It stated that the fundamental purpose of NATO's nuclear capability is to “preserve peace, prevent coercion, and deter aggression”, and reaffirmed that NATO would use nuclear weapons only in an “extremely remote” scenario if the fundamental security of any Alliance member was threatened by the aggression of a nuclear-capable state.

This summit emphasised the need to enhance NATO nuclear deterrent capabilities given fact that  the security environment had, since 2014,  become more unstable and unpredictable as a result of Russia’s aggressive and often provocative foreign and security policies.  At the same time, the summit stressed that NATO allies are strongly committed to taking effective measures to favor further nuclear disarmament consistent with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

For further background see here.

Keywords: INF Treaty, security threat, NATO
Countries: Russia, US
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Notre Dame fire: intelligence services responsible for arson
Additional details: Churches in France began to burn after the new year and about a dozen have already burned down, many more have been desecrated. But the police spoke about the burning of temples by anarchists, not migrants, and there is a big difference there.

The Notre Dame fire was not an accident. In general, all these arsons and desecrations are the work of the special services. The mystery is only if it was done by the French or the American intelligence services.

Europe's weakness is well within the sphere of US interests. And so the burning of churches in France is quite a reason for new protests.
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Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
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The ongoing police investigation of the Notre Dame fire origin reveals that it was most likely due to a short circuit in a temporary elevator used for renovation works. The version of arson was not confirmed by any evidence.

Conspiracy claims based on false allegations. No dozen of Churches were burnt in France recently. An accidental fire took place in a church in Grenoble last January, police concluded, reminds France3 in response to conspiracy theories pretending the arson. Two minor arsons took place in Lavaur and Paris due to presence of homeless people in a church in one case and teenagers in the other one, as previously reported.

French government documents even minor desecration cases occurred in Churches and does not discover its increasing, reminds Liberation check news.

Keywords: Notre Dame
Countries: France
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Mueller report gives no evidence of Russian meddling in US elections
Additional details: The recently published report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller cites no real evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Statements about Moscow's alleged attempts to "subvert democracy" in the United States are a clear case of Russophobia. The Mueller investigation has found no Russia-Trump collusion.
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Disinforming outlet(s): RT
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The story is the latest link in a chain of denials which Moscow has issued regarding its involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the United States and employs the long-established charge of Russophobia which the Kremlin uses to deflect criticism, however legitimate.

Before the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 election had already been established by US intelligence agencies. Thus, the Special Investigation was primarily concerned with "whether any Americans […] joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election" (p.2).

The claim that the report provides no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion is also spurious. The RT segment never clarifies that gathering evidence of "collusion" -- which is not a legal concept -- fell outside the scope of the investigation. The aim of the probe was not merely to ascertain contacts between the Trump Campaign and Russia-linked individuals during the election period, but to establish whether these interactions were deliberate enough on the part of Trump Campaign officials to sustain charges of conspiracy (p. 2).

In fact, the report explicitly identifies "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign" (p. 9). A number of these individuals later "made false statements about those contacts and took other steps to obstruct" the probe (p. 180). The report's conclusions therefore do nothing to absolve the Russian government.

Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Democracy, Manipulated elections/referendum, Donald Trump, Elections, Conspiracy
Countries: Russia, US
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Sweden's Armed Forces to employ military sheep against Russia
Additional details: The Swedish military has come up with a new method to demonstrate presence on its Eastern borders. They have decided to use rams instead of watch dogs. This is another example of how the Liberal Swedish Government is trying to use the "threat from Russia" to evade attention to the urgent internal issues, facing the country.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Politrussia.com
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Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on western military, encircling Russia. Similar cases here and here.

Sweden established a military unit on the island of Gotland in 2018, consisting of a few hundred conscripts. The ram is a symbol of the island and the Gotland Regiment's mascot.

Keywords: Military, Encircling Russia
Countries: Sweden
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Macron claims Crimea belongs to Russia
Additional details: Even French President Emmanuel Macron considers Crimea as part of Russia.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Italia
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the legitimacy of the Russian annexation of Crimea.

President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly stated that France refuses to recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In 2017, speaking after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said that France is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty with its recognised borders.

A similar disinformation case can be consulted here:

 

Keywords: illegal annexation, Emmanuel Macron, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, France
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Russia fully respects international law, in Crimea and elsewhere
Additional details: Russia fully respects the norms of international law. If there are some who feel offended, Russia has nothing to beg pardon for. Russia does everything that meets the norms of international law and the United Nations Charter. Russia respects the right of peoples to self-determination, including that of ethnic minorities, whether in Crimea or another regions. Sanctions will be ineffective in putting pressure on both Russia and other countries that respect their history and identity.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik French
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According to international law, Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law, as well as the key principles of the European security framework, by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol.

On March 27th, 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, recognised on April 17th, 2015 that "our soldiers were deployed in Crimea to help the inhabitants express their opinion".

Claiming that the sanctions against Russia are ineffective is another example of a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative. In reality, sanctions imposed on Russia after the Crimea annexation and Russian meddling in the US elections sapped Russian economical growth.

See more disinformation cases on Crimea here.

Keywords: International Law, Crimea
Countries: Russia
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Crimea has become an integral part of Russia after a referendum held in March 2014
Additional details: Crimea has become an integral part of Russia after a referendum held in March 2014, whose result confirmed that most of the inhabitants of Crimea and Sevastopol were in favour of reunification with Russia.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Italia
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum held on the 16th of March 2014. On the 27th of February 2014, when the so-called referendum was announced, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. A year later Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

Five years after the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the EU issued a statement in which it confirms its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reiterates that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law.

 

 

Keywords: illegal annexation, Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The 2014 February uprising in Ukraine was a coup d'état
Additional details: The 2014 February uprising in Ukraine known as Euromaidan was a coup d'état.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Italia
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan.

The Euromaidan protests were a spontaneous reaction among large parts of Ukrainian population, ignited by the decision of former President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The Maidan movement resonated with a widespread discontent with corruption and mismanagement under Yanukovych.

 

 

Keywords: Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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EU passes whistle-blower protection laws immediately after Assange's arrest
Additional details: In an ironic twist, the European Parliament passed a whistle-blower protection law less than a week after Julian Assange was arrested in London.
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Disinforming outlet(s): RT (rt.com)
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The report falsely implies that the adoption of new EU rules on whistleblower protection is specifically linked to recent developments surrounding Julian Assange, hinting at the supposed "irony" of its timing.

Given their actual scope and the timeline of their adoption, the rules in question cannot be viewed as a response to Assange's arrest.

Discussions around policy-level whistleblower safeguards had been ongoing since at least September 2016, and formed a directive proposal dated April 2018.

Furthermore, the RT report does not mention that the system will apply specifically to "persons reporting on breaches of Union law" [p. 1], even though the phrase is contained within the title of the legislative proposal. Had these protections been adopted and implemented earlier, Assange would still be unable to take advantage of them, given that his disclosures concerned US military involvement in Iraq.

Keywords: European Parliament, Brussels, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Freedom of speech, Europe
Countries: UK
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Sweden is preparing a bridge-head for attacking Russia
Additional details: Sweden is preparing a bridge-head for attacking Russia and is basing soldiers and military vehicles on the Island of Gotland, a popular tourist resort in the Baltic Sea.
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Link to the disinformation: utro.ru/politics/2019/04/22/1397834.shtml
Disinforming outlet(s): Utro.ru
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Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on western military, encircling Russia. Similar cases here and here.

Sweden established a military unit on the island of Gotland in 2018, consisting of a few hundred conscripts; hardly sufficient to attack Russia.

Keywords: Baltic sea, Military, Encircling Russia
Countries: Sweden
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The West wants to set back Azerbaijan by 50 years
Additional details: The West is keen to set back Azerbaijan by 50 years. It will try to stop Azerbaijan from transforming itself into a powerful, politically and economically developed, contemporary and great international authority.

 
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Link to the disinformation: publika.az/news/nida_xeber/276235.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Publika Azerbaijan
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Conspiracy theory with no evidence. Consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Nagorno-Karabakh.

The European Union continues to support the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The European Union’s bilateral relations with Azerbaijan are based on the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in force since 1999. In February 2017, the EU and Azerbaijan began negotiations on a new framework agreement with Azerbaijan designed to give new impetus to political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation. The EU continues to stress the importance of defending human rights and ensuring civil society and freedom of media, expression, and assembly in Azerbaijan.

Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, The West
Countries: Azerbaijan
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The West attempted to stage at least 6 colour revolutions in Belarus
Additional details: As part of the civilizational struggle the West with the US playing a primary role,attempted to stage at least 6 colour revolutions in Belarus. They took place in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Politnavigator
Teleskop
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No evidence presented to prove the multiple 'colour revolution' inspired by foreign entities in Belarus.

The disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood, including in Belarus.

Keywords: Colour revolutions, Conspiracy
Countries: West, Belarus, US
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The Mueller report is another proof of how Russia is always falsely accused
Additional details: The final report by special counsel Robert Mueller cleared both Trump’s campaign team of collusion with the Kremlin and the president himself of obstruction of justice. It doesn’t provide evidence of Russian interference in the US elections in 2016. This proves how Russia is part of a campaign whereby it is always falsely accused of incidents, such as the poisoning of the Skripals, attempting to hack the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, interfering in the European elections or even Brexit.
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Disinforming outlet(s): RT Spanish
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Muller report.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report affirms that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”. Nevertheless it states that interference activities took place, as already concluded earlier by US intelligence community and by Mueller’s own inquiry: “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”. This was highlighted by several US media.

Moreover, it is not possible to infer from the report that Russia was falsely accused of other misdeeds, such as the poisoning of the Skripals and the hacking attempt against the OPCW. Strong evidence of Russian involvement for both incidents has been provided by the UK and Dutch authorities.

Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Anti-Russian
Countries: Russia, US
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French media are not free
Additional details: Russia bashing takes place in the French press. It has evolved a lot since the 70s and 80s when France’s media was pluralistic and discussions between different political figures took place. This is not the case nowadays. Take a random newspaper. Le Monde, for example: It is the Pravda of today. Its coverage of Russia is even worse than Pravda. Every media outlet reports the same. The question is, how has France reached this point?

In Russia, freedom of speech exists but in our own way.

In France, you can only say one thing about Russia, like aggression and that Putin is a dictator. This is freedom to say only one narrative. Let's take coverage of Ukraine in France. It's almost like one centre exists which indicates what to write: a democratic country is struggling against Russian aggression. Only a few media outlets mention that there are far right, Nazi forces in Ukraine which march like the Nazis in Germany in the 30s.
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Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFEUg_8GEb8, (07:42 09:28, 20:00, 22:45)
Disinforming outlet(s): RT French
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No evidence given.

According to Reporters without borders, France ranks 32nd for freedom of speech among 180 countries, the same as for 2019. Russia is at 149, behind, for example, the United Arab Emirates. Its ranking means that the Russian press is not free “in its own way” as specified.

French media, meanwhile, are happy to broadcast a range of viewpoints. For example, Vladimir Putin's 4 hour long interview was broadcast during prime time on a French public TV channel. A movie on "Nazis in Ukraine" ("Masks of the revolution") was broadcast on the private channel Canal+, although it provoked criticism from other journalists working in the region.

Pro-Kremlin narrative states that Ukraine’s ruling bodies contain Nazis and that the annexation of Crimea was "preventive" to avoid any future Nazi victims. But first of all, the far right is not influential in Ukrainian politics. There are no Nazis in the government nor in the parliament of Ukraine. The insignificance of the "Right Sector" is evident from the election results – their candidate received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections, and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. It is far short of the threshold needed to enter Parliament. The "Right Sector" supported Svoboda's candidate, Ruslan Kushuyinskyi, in the April 2019 presidential election. Mr. Kurshuyinskyi received 1,62 percents of the votes in the first round of the election.

Currently, only 7 out of 450 deputies in the Ukrainian parliament Verkhovna Rada represent the so-called right-wing: 6 deputies from the "Svoboda" party and one from the "Right Sector". Therefore, they do not have any significant influence on decision making neither in Ukrainian parliament nor in government.

 

Keywords: Freedom of speech, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, France
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Facebook is a project of the Soros Foundation, financed by National Security Agency
Additional details: Facebook is a project of the Soros Foundation, which is financed by the National Security Agency. Hence, Facebook's global objective is to collect personal data for the purpose of the American security service.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Radio Sputnik
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Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about the US and social media. The claims are ungrounded. After the leaks by NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA collected data from Facebook users, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckeberg expressed his disapproval of the NSA’s actions and said that he had spoken to then president Barack Obama by phone to “express [his] frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our futures.”

See earlier disinformation messages alleging excessive control over Facebook by American security bodies here and here.

Keywords: Facebook, Conspiracy, George Soros
Countries: US
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The US understands that sanctions against Russia do not work
Additional details: The United States is fed up with imposing sanctions on Russia. Any new sanctions will hit the economy of the United States more than the Russian economy. Sanctions do not work. The United States sees this and understands it.
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Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal 07:40
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Recurring disinformation concerning sanctions against Russia not being effective.

The false narrative about sanctions is often backed by false statistics, contrary to the actual evidence. According to Russian site RBK, the alleged economic growth of two percent does not stand up to scrutiny. In 2018, inflation rate went up and the rouble depreciated 20% against the dollar.

Sanctions imposed on Russia after the Crimea annexation and Russian meddling in the US elections sapped Russian economical growth.

 

Keywords: Sanctions
Countries: United States, Russia
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