Fake: Ukrainians Ask for Electricity from Crimea

Fake: Ukrainians Ask for Electricity from Crimea

Russia’s RIA Novosti agency announced this week that Ukrainians have repeatedly asked Crimean occupation forces to share the peninsula’s electricity with the bordering southern region of the country. The area in question, Ukraine’s Kherson region, has no energy shortages and is one of the country’s leaders for renewable energy. RIA’s source is Zaur Smirnov, the chairman of Crimea’s State Committee for International Relations. He claims that Ukraine’s southern regions have limited resources and are

European Court of Human Rights Begins Investigating Russia’s ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has started investigating whether Russia’s infamous ‘foreign agent’ law violates human rights. The court has begun to process cases for 48 Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) branded as “foreign agents” by the Kremlin, the Kommersant newspaper reported. The group — which includes Russia’s Regional Press Institute, human rights group Memorial, and the Siberian Ecological Center — claim that the law violates Russians’ right to

Crippled by the Kremlin, Russia’s State Media No Longer Competes

Following nationwide protests last Sunday, Russia’s state-controlled media badly fumbles its coverage. By Alexey Kovalev, for The Moscow Times Last Sunday, protests on a scale not seen since 2012 shook Moscow, St. Petersburg, and about 90 other Russian cities and towns — even in areas traditionally thought of as Putin’s stronghold, where his approval and his party’s ratings are in the high 90s. Several thousand people — no less than

Russia’s Sputnik Now Partners with Slovakia’s Largest News Agency

By Coda Story The Kremlin-funded Sputnik news agency and radio broadcaster signed its first cooperation agreement with Slovakia’s largest news agency TASR. The agencies will exchange English language content as well as develop what Sputnik called “joint projects aiming to strengthen the relations between Russia and Slovakia.” The network was scrutinized in a January 6 report from U.S. intelligence agencies to the Senate about Russian meddling in the presidential election,

Foreign Politicians’ Visit to Crimea Is Russia’s Latest Disinformation Failure

Western politicians from marginal parties may help Putin score points at home, but the international community rejects a Russian Crimea. By Anton Shekhovtsov, for The Moscow Times On March 19, a motley crew of foreign politicians landed in Crimea. The group included representatives from Serbia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. — all on an official visit to the peninsula annexed by Moscow. Their

How (Not To) Cover Lies

As journalists try to figure out how to cover a “post-factual” world, they should look at Ukraine for lessons On March 12, 2014, long before anyone could imagine Donald Trump becoming President of the United States and concepts of “fake news” and “alternative facts” turning into global buzzwords, a group of journalists gathered outside a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoe, outside Simferopol, the regional capital of Crimea. Standing next to

How does Russian propaganda cover the Russia protests? It’s awkward

By Jon Levine, for MediaITE It’s not easy being a state-sponsored propaganda news organization when your country is embroiled in domestic unrest. Case in point RT. Once more commonly known by its full name — Russia Today — the Kremlin-financed media organization walked a delicate line covering scenes of protest and disorder that broke in Moscow on Sunday. On the English language edition of its website, Monday, the network appeared

Understanding Russian “Hybrid Warfare” and what can be done about it

By Christopher S. Chivvis, RAND Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee on March 22, 2017. This report is part of the RAND Corporation testimony series. RAND testimonies record testimony presented by RAND associates to federal, state, or local legislative committees; government-appointed commissions and panels; and private review and oversight bodies.- Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered

Fake: Ukraine National Team Excludes Zozulya

On March 24 Russia’s Life television channel, one of the country’s most Kremlin-friendly media outlets, declared that Ukrainian footballer Roman Zozulya was rejected by the country’s national team on the eve of the Ukraine-Croatia match. The story’s author Olesya Suchylkina, calls Zozulya a Nazi. Suchylkina is a staff writer for Life, a search of her byline yields many short tabloid pieces about sharks, drugs and zombies. “The reason why Ukraine’s

Fake: Maydan and Economic Crisis Cause Tuberculosis Epidemic in Ukraine

Rates of tuberculosis are rising in Ukraine, the rate of children infected with the disease has increased fifteen times declares the Russian web publication Ukraina.ru and concludes that such a turn of events is a direct consequence of the Maydan revolution and the country’s economic crisis. The article written by the site’s Ukraine correspondent Vasiliy Temnyi brims with unsubstantiated conclusions and false claims such as “tuberculosis among children is so widespread that it can

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