Dutch Report: MH17 Downed By Buk Surface-To-Air Missile

Dutch Report: MH17 Downed By Buk Surface-To-Air Missile

Dutch investigators say that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 was brought down by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile. The report presented by the Dutch Safety Board on October 13 does not specify the exact location from which the missile that downed MH17 was fired, but identifies a 320-square-kilometer area that was mostly under the control of Russian-backed separatists

Fake: Limp Bizkit to Perform in Donetsk and Luhansk

On October 8, the Russian newspaper Izvestiya falsely reported that the American musical group Limp Bizkit would give concerts in the war-torn eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. It had allegedly been announced by band member Fred Durst. The news was then reposted by the Zvezda website and by such online media as Segodnia, Donetsk Republic News, Podrobnosti,  and Interfax. Answering a StopFake inquiry, the Russian booking agency TCI,

War Is Peace: Russia’s Orwellian Propaganda (Op-Ed)

The Russian authorities have achieved remarkable success in the Syrian war. According to a poll by state-run VTsIOM, 66 percent of citizens approve of sending Russian combat aircraft to Syria, even though more than half have no idea what Moscow is fighting for there. Think about it: The majority of Russians approve of the war without even taking the trouble to understand its purpose. It’s just that the average citizen gets a big kick out of watching television footage of Russian planes locking in and destroying their targets

Opulent Propaganda: The Subterranean Paradise of the Moscow Metro

For two weeks last year, Canadian photographer David Burdeny spent his nights 200 feet underground, shooting the surreal opulence of the Moscow Metro. With their ornate chandeliers, marble walls, bronze columns, and intricate mosaics, these railway stations have been likened to an “artificial underground sun.” (Aesthetically, they’re as far from the rat-infested purgatory of New York City’s subway system as you could possibly get.) As far as he knows, Burdeny is the only professional photographer

More Russians Play U.S. Green Card Lottery, Despite Propaganda

The number of Russians entering a competition to win the right to permanently reside in the U.S. has grown by 58 percent — nearly 100,000 people — since 2012, the Znak.com news website reported Monday, citing U.S. Embassy spokesman Will Stevens. A total of 265,086 people took part in the U.S. State Department’s 2015 green card lottery compared to 167,600 in 2012, according to Stevens. The number of Russians keen to win a U.S. green card, as the permanent residency permit is known, has increased despite intense anti-American propaganda in major media outlets,

How to Find Information in Facebook

Facebook users very often have a need to find some photo of video files. For instance, how to find images of the Kyiv center during Euromaidan? First of all let’s have a look at Graph Search. This is a quite powerful search engine operating with special commands in the form of questions in English. Facebook search is more appropriate for personal ends – to find people with common interests, restaurants,

RT sanctioned by Ofcom over series of misleading and biased articles

The Kremlin-backed news channel RT has been sanctioned by Ofcom for a series of misleading or biased programmes on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. In a ruling publishing on Monday, Ofcom said the channel – previously called Russia Today – had breached the broadcasting code four times across three programmes. The programmes include two episodes of the channel’s Truthseeker series, including one which alleged that the BBC had staged

StopFakeNews #55 with Marta Dyczok

This week, associate professor at University of Western Ontario Marta Dyczok is the StopFakeNews guest anchor. Russia One falsely reported that Ukraine’s General Staff had denied the presence of Russian troops in Donbas. The Telegraph published an article, which contained a number of serious errors. Ukrainian media falsely reported that Russian television channel Zvezda had claimed that football player Andriy Shevchenko had been appointed as the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada.

Photo Fake: Boy from Donbas Used to Protest Muslim Migrants in Sweden

A recent photo fake about a Donbas boy, presented as an orphan searching for his parents among the debris of a destroyed Ukrainian town, has now hit Swedish social networks, but with a new twist. StopFake has already reported about how this photo was manipulated by Russian media to stir anger at alleged Ukrainian army atrocities. The context of the photo has once again been altered, this time against Muslims migrating to

Confused About Russia’s Intentions in Syria? Putin Wants You to Be

It’s not easy being a Western diplomat dealing with Russia. First there’s the cold, the poor pay and the long hours. Then there’s the bugs, creepy happenings and monitoring you have to put up with in Moscow. But the worst problem is that your counterparts lie. First in Ukraine and now in Syria, Russia’s disinformation warfare is outplaying the West. U.S. and EU diplomats are confused about Russia’s intentions right

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