Fake: European IP Registry Recognizes DPR Independence

Fake: European IP Registry Recognizes DPR Independence

On July 2, Russian media (such as topwar.ru, Pravda.ru) and Ukrainian media (ain.ua, apostrophe.com.ua, korrespondent.net) falsely reported that the European IP-address registry recognized the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and its link to Russia. Russian state television channel RT also posted the information on its site. But it’s false. In response to an inquiry by StopFake, the managing director of the European Regional Internet Register (or RIPE NCC, the organization

Russia 24 Falsely Reports on Poroshenko’s Proposed Amendments to Constitution

The Russian television network Russia 24 falsely reported about new powers it said would be conferred upon the president of Ukraine after the adoption of constitutional amendments regarding the decentralization of powers. The journalist states (from 3:10): “As for the local self-government authorities, the president can dissolve them by his decision at any time. He even does not have to consult with anybody.” This was reported after Ukraine President Petro

Conspiracy theorists will truly believe anything, says science

Admit it, you love to hate-read the conspiracy theory BS your friend or relative regurgitates all over Facebook. But have you ever asked yourself why he or she believes the seemingly unending drivel? Scientists in Italy tested an idea that people who are active on conspiracy theory-promoting news websites are more likely to believe even obviously false claims, compared to their more scientifically minded internet counterparts. They recently published their

Mark Galeotti: The West Is Too Paranoid About Russia’s “Infowar”

Never mind the old missile gap, what about the meme gap? There is something of a panic in the West that it is “losing the information war” with Russia. On one level, this may be true, but before the West turns itself into “infowarriors” it ought to consider the weaknesses and consequences of the Russian campaign, whatever its apparent success at seeding its choice of memes — contagious ideas — into wider circles. The Kremlin is undoubtedly engaged in a multi-front, multi-message, multi-media campaign to undermine the will and unity of the West.

Fake: Ukraine Halts Electrical Power to Crimea

On June 30, the Russian Ministry of Energy misleadingly reported on its website that Ukraine was stopping the supply of electricity to Crimea: “On June 30, 2015, at 17:39, the National Energetic Company “Ukrenergo” announced the reduction of the hourly planned schedule of balance overflow of ‘Interconnected Power System Ukraine – Crimea’ to 0 MW from the very beginning on zero hour of July 1.” The information was then spread by

Russia 1 Wrongly Reports of Energy Ministry Appointment

On June 30 the site Vesti.ru (Russia 1 TV channel) incorrectly reported that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko appointed 24-year-old Dmitry Vovk as Ukraine’s Minister of Energy. Dmitry Vovk was in fact appointed head of the Power and Utilities National Commission by the president on June 29. Volodymyr Demchishin remains Energy Secretary. Vovk has held the interim position as head of the National Commission since December 2014.

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