The strange similarities in narratives in the cases of Strache and Skripal

The strange similarities in narratives in the cases of Strache and Skripal

By EU vs Disinfo As a month has passed since the beginning of the scandal involving former vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache, it’s time to have a look at the narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets to describe the events. Just as with the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, pro-Kremlin outlets have also disseminated numerous narratives and conspiracy theories suggesting a variety of explanations about the scandal in Austria. Russophobia

Edward Lucas: Tension in Tbilisi

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA In September 2014 I was invited to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee. I gave its members not only my evidence, but Polish apples and Lithuanian cheese. Russia had just imposed sanctions on European food imports. Polish apple farmers, who exported around half their produce to Russia, were particularly hard hit. So too was the Lithuanian dairy industry A social media campaign was encouraging

The sin of omission

By EU vs Disinfo In a special kind of news manipulation, the problem is not what the story tells, but what it does not tell. When highly relevant information is left out of the reporting, audiences are left with a distorted impression of reality. Last week, it was the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti’s turn to omit an important detail in a news story covering the status of Crimea. Who is

Pro-Kremlin News Front praising Hitler

By EU vs Disinfo Russian disinformation outlet News Front is a regular provider of content for our database on disinformation. From them we have got the case of Finnish politicians suggesting Ukrainian traces in the Skripal poisoning, and that the US is staging a colour revolution in France to get rid of Macron, or that Britain is becoming Islamic, and dozens more. it’s a reliable source – for disinformation. If you

Fake: Georgian Protests Engineered by the West and Ukraine

Western geopolitical engineering has brought chaos to Georgia and launched a surge of Russophobic protests and anti-Russian hysteria, declared scores of Russian publications this week. The protests which began on June 21 were quickly followed by an avalanche of Russian fakes and distortions accusing Georgia of provocations, the West of fomenting chaos and Ukraine of somehow being responsible for the protests. RT in particular cites Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov who

StopFake #240 with Marko Suprun

Fake: US allocates $250 million to Ukraine for war and provocations against Russia. US dumps chemical and nuclear waste in Ukraine. Distortion: Ukraine will confiscate Donbas residents’ property.

Fake: Ukraine’s Crimea Water Blockade Results in Environmental Disaster

Scores of Russian media featured stories last week based on a blog by a former Ukrainian MP from the disgraced Regions Party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, claiming that the southern Ukrainian Kherson region was flooded because Ukraine had blocked the North Crimean water canal. In fact the photographs featured in Zhuravko’ blog are of several villages which were flooded due to unusually heavy rainfall and have nothing to

Russia’s Defense Ministry falsely blames Syrian rebels for an attack on a Turkish army outpost

By Polygraph Russian Ministry of Defense “Aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces made four bombing strikes against terrorists in Idlib, the Defense Ministry reported. The coordinates for the attack were indicated by Ankara. This happened after the allied terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra fired at a Turkish army observation post, despite a cease-fire agreement.” Source: RIA Novosti False Turkey says the attack was by regime forces. On June 13, Russia’s Defense

Russian politician calls HBO Chernobyl ‘anti-Soviet filth’, falsely accuses producers of distortion

By Polygraph Dmitry Yevseyev leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation branch in the city of Cheboksary “The Chernobyl series … is packed with petty anti-Soviet filth, which poisons viewers’ brains, thus becoming a deliberate, well-thought-out distortion of Soviet reality.” Source: Regnum news agency, June 13, 2019 False The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” has been praised for its accuracy. On June 13, Russia’s Regnum news agency published a review

Fake: US Dumps Chemical and Nuclear Waste in Ukraine

This week several pro-Kremlin publications featured stories claiming that the United States was disposing its chemical and nuclear waste in Ukraine. Regnum,, Russkoye Agentstvo Novostey, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Kulikovets and others all cite the police chairman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk National Republic Eduard Basurin, who made this outrageous claim during his June 12 briefing. Illustrated with lurid staged photographs of a scarecrow with a ghoulish mask and yellow drums marked

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