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StopFake #149 with Lada Roslycky

The latest edition of StopFake News with Lada Roslycky. Among the disinformation debunked this week: President Poroshenko admits returning Crimea to Ukraine is unrealistic; Putin shatters atheism in five minutes; Ukrainians infecting Europeans with tuberculosis andwhat you really need to know about Russia’s government funded agencies RT and Sputnik.

Fake: Poland Wants to Deprive Ukraine of Gas Transit Revenues to Europe

Russia’s Fund of Strategic Culture (FSC) published a story at the end of August claiming that Poland is trying to deprive Ukraine of profits from the transit of gas through its territory. Founded in 2005, the Strategic Culture Fund is a publication that adheres to an editorial policy closely mirroring that of the Kremlin. Alongside the story about Poland and Ukraine’s alleged shrinking gas transit profits FSC features a story

Putin Portrayed as a Good Christian through Lies

Putin shatters atheism in five minutes, a video that Argentinian singer and actor Emmanuel Danann published on his YouTube channel  on August 18 has been viewed by more than half a million people. The video has become popular on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, painting a picture of the Russian president as a committed Christian who speaks out against atheism. But the video is a complete misrepresentation and in it, Putin

Fake: Poroshenko Admits Returning Crimea Unrealistic

Russian media misrepresented Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko this week, claiming that he admitted returning Russian annexed Crimea back to Ukraine at the present time is unrealistic. What Ukraine’s President actually said during his annual address to the Ukrainian parliament is that Ukraine cannot return Crimea militarily at the present time, but will ultimately do so through legal means. Russia’s news agency TASS not only misrepresented Poroshenko’s actual words, but added

StopFake #148 with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. Among the disinformation debunked this week: Ukraine to introduce food rations; Ukraine’s tuberculosis epidemic threatens the EU; Ukraine’s new secret weapon.

Fake: Ukraine’s Tuberculosis Epidemic Threatens the EU

This week several Russian sites – RT, Vesti, Ukraina.ru – published articles claiming that the European Union is seeing renewed outbreaks of tuberculosis because of the visa free regime with Ukraine.  Citing Russia’s State Epidemiology Oversight body,  they claim the tuberculosis situation in Ukraine has reached catastrophic proportions and is worsening every day.   Ukraine’s Ministry of Health adviser Volodymyr Kurpita told StopFake that tuberculosis is indeed a problem for

Fake: Ukraine to Introduce Food Ration Cards

At the end of August Russia’s Federal News Agency  (RIAFAN) published an article claiming that Ukraine was poised to introduce food ration cards. Citing Ukraine’s State Statistics Service, an organization that tracks consumer prices, economic changes and inflation, the agency claims that the price of basic food products increased by an average of 15-20%, while meat and fish have doubled in price. According to the Ukrainian State Statistics Service, milk,

Fake: American Media Question the Legitimacy of Ukraine’s “Neo-Nazi Regime”

Russian Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda presented a blog written by a university professor as the opinion of American media. University of Tulsa history professor Jeremy Kuzmarov, writing on the Huffington Post’s contributor platform speaks out against the US arming Ukraine, calls the war in Russian occupied Donbas “a difficult civil conflict” and claims “that many Ukrainians do not view the Poroshenko government as legitimate since it came to power

StopFake #147 with Marko Suprun

The latest edition of StopFake News with Marko Suprun. Among the disinformation debunked this week: Russian deported journalist and her alternative fact atories, Ukraine a US biological testing site, Glory to Ukraine is a Nazi greeting.

Russian Deported Journalist and Her Alternative Fact Stories

This week Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) deported Anna Kurbatova, a journalist working for Russia’s state TV Perviy Kanal (Channel One) and banned her for three years amidst accusations of biased coverage. According to SBU spokeswoman Olena Hytlianska, the decision was taken because Kurbatova’s “actions harmed Ukraine’s national interests”. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir called the move excessive and said such actions  on respective authorities to “affect

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