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Putin’s post-summit interview lies won’t save Trump

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Basking in the glow of the World Cup final and a humiliation of Donald Trump in Helsinki yesterday, Vladimir Putin sat down for an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News. Pro-Kremlin reporter Dmitri Smirnov tweeted: “Another present for Trump: In Helsinki Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the American channel Fox News, which belongs to the US president.” It doesn’t, but perhaps Smirnov

StopFake #192 [ENG] with Marko Suprun

Fake: US sells Ukraine defective Javelin missiles. Ukraine prepares terror attacks in Crimea. How Ukraine “rooted” for Russia in the World Cup. Patriotism in America.

Russia’s UN Mission tags friends on Twitter to spread message

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Some of the individuals tagged in tweets recently by Russian Mission UN (@RussiaUN), which has 31.1K followers, provide insight into who the Kremlin relies on to spread its propaganda message. They include well-known RT contributors and “independent bloggers”, as well as anonymous accounts or accounts with the name of a person whose identity can’t be verified. On a day when Twitter plans to remove

Fake: Ukraine Preparing Terrorist Attacks in Crimea

Since Russian annexed Crimea in 2014, Kremlin faithful media regularly feature fakes claiming that Ukraine is preparing a terrorist campaign to destabilize the peninsula. The latest such fake appeared in June, after Russia’s National Security Secretary Nikolay Patrushev arrived on the peninsula for a security meeting. During the meeting Patrushev said Crimea was threatened by “aggressive Ukrainian nationalists” and other potential terrorists. RBK, TASS, RIA Novosti faithfully disseminated Patrushev’s warning.

How Ukraine “Rooted” for Russia in the World Cup

That Ukrainians supported Russia in the World Cup even in the conditions of hatred for Russia that Kyiv authorities are disseminating is an important political sign concluded several Russian media in a series of articles expounding on how all of Ukraine was rooting for the Russian national team. Russian journalism often does not have a basis in reality and neither do these claims of unadulterated Ukrainian support for Russia’s footballers.

Fake: US Sells Ukraine Defective Javelins

Official Russian news agencies RT, RIA Novosti and Kremlin faithful media such as EurAsia Daily, Life, Voyennoye Obosrenie and others announced this week that the United States sold Ukraine defective Javelin anti-tank missiles. As proof of the alleged defects, these media offer a letter from the Ukrainian defense design company Luch to the National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksander Turchynov, who as the letter implies, asked the company to

Russia’s denials poison atmosphere after British woman dies from Novichok

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Last night British police announced that 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess had died in Salisbury as a result of Novichok poisoning. She and her partner Charlie Rowley were hospitalised in critical condition on June 30. Rowley remains in critical condition. The couple are believed to have touched a contaminated item left over from the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March, but the item has

StopFake #191 [ENG] with Marko Suprun

Fake: Displaced man from Donbas attacked for speaking Russian. Future Maidan Museum copies Hitler’s architecture projects. EU financial aid in exchange for migrant centers in Ukraine.

Fake: Kyiv Preparing PR Attack on Crimea to Disrupt Tourist Season

The Ukrainian government is preparing an information attack aimed at occupied Crimea with the goal of disrupting the peninsula’s tourist season, Russian and Crimean media declared last week. As proof of this nefarious plot, publications such as Politnavigator, RIA Novosti Krym, Eadaily, Antifascist, KrimInform, Krimpress and others point to an official letter from a Ukrainian ministry that was published by a former MP from the disgraced pro-Russian Regions Party Alexei

Fake: Donbas Displaced Person Attacked for Speaking Russian

Scores of Russian media featured stories this week claiming that a man displaced by the war in Donbas currently living in the small northern Ukrainian town of Buymer in Sumy province was attacked for speaking Russian. As a result of the attack, the man allegedly suffered a torn mouth. Russia’s Defense Ministry’s organ Zvezda, Komsomolskaya Pravda ad Life all featured this glaring fake. The source of this story was a

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