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Spring Video Showing a Column of Russian Military Machines is Presented as a Current Event

On October 21 and 22, several Ukrainian web sites spread the news entitled “Belgorod, Russian Federation – a huge column of military machines is moving towards Ukraine. VIDEO”. Indeed, the video shows a column of military machines moving along the streets of the city. However, this video was not filmed on October 22. This can be determined even from the fact that there are absolutely no leaves on trees, as

Reuters did not Report that People on Maidan were Killed by Opposition’s Snipers

On October 13, ukraina.ru website posted the information that journalists of world-known Reuters news agency conducted an investigation of murders at Maydan in Kyiv in February 2014 and allegedly came to the conclusion that people there were killed by opposition snipers. This news (with reference to ukraina.ru) appeared on other sites and social networks as well. However, this information does not correspond to reality. Website ukraina.ru refers to an article

Fake Photo: Portrait of Hitler on Poster of Ukrainian Nationalists

Recently a fake photo was distributed in the VKontakte social network. It depicts a portrait of Adolf Hitler near Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych on the poster of Ukrainian Nationalists. Many people sign this photograph as “Marsh UPA (Ukrainian Rebel Army) at Kramatorsk.” It is true there was festive procession in honour of the anniversary of the UPA on October 14 in Kramatorsk. However, the original photo, distributed in social networks,

Channel One Falsely Interpreted Jen Psaki’s Words in Order to Accuse the USA in Financing the Revolution in Hong Kong

On October 15, TV program News  on the Channel One showed an extract from the briefing of the spokesperson for the United States Department of State Jen Psaki, where she allegedly answered in the affirmative when asked if the USA was financing the revolution in Hong Kong. As it follows from the news item, the USA authorities did not give a direct assistance to the protesters but dictated to non-governmental organizations

Fake: Zaporizhia Veterans were Shown Scenes of Soviet Soldiers Raping Ukrainian Girls

LifeNews website published a report about a concert dedicated to the 71 years since  Zaporizhia Oblast liberation from Nazi occupation in 1943, titled «Veterans were «congratulated» with scenes of violence».   During the concert the veterans watched a play, which, according to Russian journalists, depicted the act of raping of Ukrainian women by the Soviet «liberators». LifeNews claim most of the veterans left without waiting for the play to end. The

Fake: Chinese Militaries Attacked Russian Soldiers on the Border

Several Ukrainian news sites spread fake information about the attack of the Chinese troops on the Russian border, referring to the Russian TV channel LifeNews. As a result of the clash on the border territories 16 Russian soldiers are said to be dead. This false news has been quickly spread through social networks and forums. The phrase of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov about “massive artillery fire from

Russian TV Published Propaganda About MH17 That Actually Disproved The Kremlin’s Main Theory

Anyone who has been following the debate over the downing of MH17 will know one point of contention is which weapon was used to down MH17. On one side you have people who say it was mostly likely a missile launched by a Buk missile launcher, and on the other people claiming it was cannon fire from a jet. Generally the former claim is used to link the separatists to the

Emergent debunks internet rumors in real time

You can’t trust everything you read on the internet. But a real-time rumor-tracking site is trying to change that. It’s called Emergent. And it’s the brainchild of journalist and fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Media, Craig Silverman. “It’s aiming to be a real-time monitoring of claims that are emerging in the press,” Silverman told The Atlantic. Silverman and a research assistant gather rumors that are being reported, which

“Exclusive” German Professor for ITAR-TASS

From time to time German Professor Lorenz Haag gives comments to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, which are consequently spread by other Russian news agencies. However, Professor is hardly contacted by other journalists except for ITAR-TASS representatives.  Other journalists cannot find him, while in Germany he remains unknown. Yet, Lorenz Haag exists — his pictures are presented by ITAR-TASS and published on other websites.  He indeed lives in Germany.  Questionable are

Weekly newscast from StopFake team. Number 29 (dubbed)

StopFakeNews # 29. In this issue you can get to know about the fake flags of so-called Novorussia (New Russia), that Jewish community once again refutes horror stories about the “Right sector”, and watch Kyiv activist, who shows how channels like NTV collect comments for their stories.  

UN Reported Russian Mercenaries in Eastern Ukraine

Between August 24 and September 5 the number of fighters in so-called “DPR” and “LPR” increased due to the flow of foreign mercenaries, most of whom are considered to come from Russia. This was reported by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine on its 35 meeting. “The report of the 35-strong UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which covers the period from 18 August to 16 September, notes that

Fake Images of Novorussia flag on spot of Dismantled Monument to Lenin in Kharkiv

On the 7th of October the news agency Kharkiv  sited a news piece stating a Novorussia flag was put up on the spot of the toppled over Lenin statue on the night of 7th October. The news was illustrated with a poor quality image. Later on the same piece appeared on the Russian Spring  website. Here the same images appeared in better quality. But the original images clearly show the

The Lie: Right Sector had beaten up more than 20 Jews in Odesa

On October 7, several media published a statement of an alleged leader of the Odesa Jewish community Mikhail Mayman about militants from the “Right Sector” beating up cruelly Odessa Jews, plundering and vandalizing. This information does not correspond to reality. In particular, the false news of the newspaper Izvestia  entitled “The Right Sector declared war on Odesa Jews” is being actively spread in the Network. There it is stated, referring to

TV Channel Russia One Accused Ukrainian Tourists in Spoiling Russians’ Vacations

On September 25, TV channel Russia One  issued the news item showing that Ukrainians were allegedly trying to spoil Russian tourists’ vacations abroad. However this does not correspond to reality. Such conclusions are based on two materials. Firstly, on the interview with the chief editor of the magazine Ukrainian tourism, secondly on the news item of the Ukrainian TV program Abzats. There is indeed an interview with the chief editor

Russian Investigation Committee’s Fake: «Dnipro» Battalion Fighter Admitted Genocide

The Russian Federation Commitee reported an alleged fighter of «Dnipro» battalion Sergei Litvinov, who admitted genocide in South-east Ukraine to have been arrested and sent to Moscow for «mental examination». However, Anton Gerashchenko, councillor of the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov has refuted the existence  of such fighter in «Dnipro» battalion. We also contacted the commander of «Dnipro» battalion, Iurii Bereza. In his commentary for StopFake he said a man with

Fake: Ukrainian Military Shelled Bus Stop in Donetsk

On October 1, Lifenews reported eight people killed in Donetsk bus stop shelling. The report featured bus stop on the crossing of Kiev Av. and Poligraficheskaia Str. which “was shelled by the Ukrainian military who used rocket systems”. One of the missiles hit the bus and it burned down. Lifenews journalists accuse the Ukrainian military of the bus stop shelling, bus destruction and the death of eight civilians. They claim the shelling was

Fake: The Son of German Tankman Gave to Ukraine a World War II Tank as Beneficent Aid

October 1 information about a tank StuG III Ausf. G., which had been given to Ukrainian militaries by residents of German city of Sarstedt, appeared in Facebook. Judging by description, the tank belonged to Otto Sauer, the son of the German tankman-ace of the World War II Heinrich Kling. According to Mr. Sauer, he decided to make such a specific beneficent aid because he wanted to help Ukraine that “had always

James Miller: “Russian media attack the truth”

What is more important in journalism: speed or accuracy? How can Ukraine resist Russian propaganda? How journalists can distinguish true and lies? Read about this in an interview with James Miller, editor of The Interpreter, media, based in the USA and dedicated to reporting and analyzing events in and around Russia. James Miller is a former teacher with a background in anthropology. Now he is an American journalist who specialized

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