Fake: Madrid and Liverpool Fans Returning Champions League Tickets in Thousands Due to Kyiv Price Hikes

Fake: Madrid and Liverpool Fans Returning Champions League Tickets in Thousands Due to Kyiv Price Hikes

Russian media gleefully announced that thousands of fans were returning Champions League football tickets because of Kyiv accommodation price hikes. Champions League finals to take place in Kyiv without European fans declared Ukraina.ru, SportExpress announced that high prices scared off 2,200 Madrid fans while NTV claimed that Liverpool and Madrid fans were not coming to Kyiv because of the outrageous prices in the Ukrainian capital. The stadium will not be

From Bible study to Google: How some Christian conservatives fact-check the news and end up confirming their existing beliefs

“I think that when people go to Google, they think about Google weighing facts instead of ranking results.” By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab “As much as possible, when I know things are happening, I try to hear it or read it for myself first before reading any stories on it…I mean, they all lie in one way or another.” “It’s important to encourage people to think for themselves, and

Disinfo News: Russia Today Now Faces 10 Media Ethics Investigations in Britain

By Polygraph Russian President Vladimir Putin and RT’s Editor-in-Chief of RT Margarita Simonyan attend an exhibition marking RT’s 10th anniversary in Moscow, December 10, 2015 Since the Salisbury poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, the British media regulator Ofcom says there has been “a significant increase” of questionable programming coming out of Russia. This week, Ofcom opened three new investigations into the Russian government-owned channel RT. The

RIA News Agency, Tycoons Added To Ukraine Sanctions List

By RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service Ukraine has banned Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti, according to a recently expanded list of prominent Russians and entities subjected to Ukrainian sanctions. The updated list published on May 24 contains 1,748 individuals and 756 legal entities — up from 1,228 individuals and 468 legal entities one year ago. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on May 14 expanding the sanctions to mirror those

RIA’s Freudian Headline Writing

By EU vs Disinfo “European media: Russia has become the West’s last hope.” This was the headline in an analytical commentary published earlier in the month by the Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti. The problem, however, is that none of the European media quoted in the commentary said that Russia is the West’s last hope, or anything similar. The headline is simply not true. RIA Novosti’s publication discussed what it presented

Investigators: Russian Military Downed Malaysian Flight

By VOA News An international team of investigators says it has identified the Russian military brigade responsible for launching a missile that brought down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014. The Joint Investigation Team concluded flight MH-17 was hit by a Buk missile launched by a unit of Russia’s 53rd anti-aircraft brigade, according to Wilbert Paulissen of the Dutch National Police. Paulissen made the announcement in Bunnik,

Figure of the Week: 5

By EU vs Disinfo Polish authorities issue 5-year entry bans against five alleged Russian ‘information war’ operatives involved in stoking Polish-Ukrainian animosity. According to the public news agency Informacyjna Agencja Radiowa, two women, identified only as Yekaterina C. and Anastasia Z., were detained last week on allegations of involvement in ‘hybrid warfare’ activities. A spokesperson for the Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) stated that, along with the two detained persons, three

Everyone Against Russia: Conspiracy Theories on the Rise In Russian Media

By EU vs Disinfo There has been a significant increase in the appearance of conspiracy theories in Russia over the past seven years. A new study shows that references in Russian media to a select group of popular conspiracy theories are on average six to nine times more frequent now than they were in 2011. Disinformation is among the factors experts name as the reason for this increase. The top 10 conspiracy

Can The U.K. Label Any Foreign Investment as ‘Dirty Money?’

By Polygraph Dmitry Peskov Russian Presidential Press Secretary “Investors from any country can face a situation after such actions of the United Kingdom, when their investments will be called ‘dirty money’.” Source: TASS FALSE The United Kingdom has passed a law on “unexplained wealth.” That does not mean they can label any investment as “dirty money.” On May 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in Sochi

Putin: High Treason Charges Against Journalists “Unprecedented.” Russian Journalist: “Putin Lies”

By Polygraph Vladimir Putin President, Russia “That is an unprecedented thing. They are attempting to bring high treason charges against a person for what he did publicly and for performing his professional duties. I haven’t seen anything like this in a long time.” Source: Vesti.ru, May 19, 2018 FALSE High treason charges against journalists are not unprecedented around the world, Russia included During a May 19 joint press conference in

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