Russian Mom Faces Years In Prison For Sharing Posts On Ukraine

Russian Mom Faces Years In Prison For Sharing Posts On Ukraine

In Yekaterina Vologzheninova’s opinion, the only things she might be guilty of are her daughter’s messy bedroom and unwashed dishes. Authorities in Russia, however, believe otherwise, and have charged the single mom with inciting ethnic hatred for sharing links related to the Ukraine conflict on social media. Vologzheninova faces up to four years in prison depending on the outcome of her trial, which began earlier this month at a Yekaterinburg

TV Witch Hunt Drives Human Rights Activist Out of Russia

A human rights activist from a small town in the Urals has fled to Paris seeking asylum after a documentary on state TV channel Rossia 1 accused her of “industrial espionage”. Nadezhda Kutepova had fought for the rights of the residents of a town in the Chelyabinsk region, where a nuclear accident occurred decades ago. She fled in secrecy, fearing that the TV report accusing her was just a step

Publishers Slammed by Ukrainian Diplomats, Media for Showing Crimea as Part of Russia

Two renowned publishing houses have found themselves at the heart of a media storm for featuring maps showing the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea as belonging to Russia. Pro-Ukrainian news website Euromaidan Press on Monday organized a so-called Twitter storm against the Oxford University Press (OUP) and Larousse publishing houses, calling upon people to use the hashtag #CrimeaIsUkraine to force the publishers to issue “a loud public apology” for their

Nuland Wrongly Accused of Pressuring Ukrainian Government after Prosecutor General’s Comments

On October 20, the English-language, Russian news agency Sputnik published an article alleging that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland had attempted to pressure the Ukrainian administration to dismiss the country’s prosecutor general. The story was based on a claim made by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Facebook. He wrote that Nuland had demanded that Victor Shokin, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, be sacked after he recently declared that

European Far Right Soldiers of Russian Propaganda

A briefing by Anton Shekhovtsov for the Legatum Institute. You can read the full text here. INTRODUCTION More than twenty years ago, a convicted German neo-Nazi named Ernst Zundel launched a weekly television programme in Canada. He described it like this: This TV programme differs from the mainstream media, because we […] bring you uncensored news, uncensored commentary. Also, commentary from few points that are seldom heard today in this

Fake: Merkel Says No Investment Coming to Ukraine

On October 19, the separatist news website Russkaya Vesna falsely reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had sharply criticized the Ukrainian government and predicted that there would be no future investment coming into Ukraine.  The bogus news item was created through the the distortion of a recent interview with her that is posted on her official website. Contrary to the Russkaya Vesna report, in the interview Merkel actually compliments the

Fake: Ukrainian TV Forbidden from Showing Handshake between Putin and Poroshenko

On October 18, posting on Facebook, the former creative producer for the 112 Ukraine television network falsely claimed that Ukrainian television channels hadn’t shown images of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shaking hands in Paris before a meeting on October 2. The producer, Viktor Zubritsky, wrote: “And so Poroshenko shook Putin by the hand, but he wished that Ukrainians didn’t know about it. And in some

StopFakeNews #56 with Michael Getto

This week Michael Getto, a business and electoral consultant, is the StopFake News guest anchor again. Russia Today turned some of its attention to the U.S. presidential campaign. NTV falsely reported that Ukrainians had allegedly started teaching their children with a special “Bandera” educational primer. The Russian Embassy in Great Britain posted a fake photo on its official Twitter page of a group of British World War II veterans. And

Why Russia’s Alternate History of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Matters

On Tuesday, the Dutch Safety Board issued its long-awaited report on what brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Speaking at Gilze-Rijen Air Base in the Netherlands, Tjibbe Joustra, the safety board’s chairman, announced that after meticulous study — including the plastering the charred scraps of the plane onto a skeleton model of the Boeing 777, which sat behind him as he spoke —

Putin’s Paid and Unpaid Liars

The Dutch Safety Board has issued a report indicating that a Russian BUK missile destroyed Malaysian flight MH17, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board, in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine. The only question is whether the missile was fired by Russian troops or terrorists under Russian control. In any case, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who ordered an invasion of eastern Ukraine, has blood on his hands. The Dutch took

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