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Salisbury suspects number one in top 10 “worst hits” of Russian TV

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake The interview given by the two suspects in the Salisbury novichok poisonings to RT boss Margarita Simonyan was met with disbelief and ridicule around the world, and inspired dozens of memes, but it was just one of a multitude of fakes and disasters that have been fed to gullible views by Russian TV over the years – particularly since the invasion of Ukraine in

Manipulation: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Advocates Depriving Crimea of Water

Russian pro-Kremlin media have accused Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin of depriving Crimea residents of water. Speaking about the situation in the northern Crimean city of Armyansk where poisonous gases spewed into the atmosphere at the Crimean Titan chemical plant leading to evacuations and environmental damage, Klimkin said Ukraine was aware of questionable Russian plans to build a new water supply route and would never allow water supplies to the

Fake: British Authorities Preparing Anti-Terrorist Operation for Brexit

Opponents of Brexit will be forcefully dispersed by Britain’s military and police announced Russia’s Strategic Culture Foundation, a pro-Kremlin research and analysis web site. The publication claims that mass unrest will begin with Brexit and British authorities will use force to disperse street riots. Such protests of disaffected people will grow because of increased crime, food shortages and lack of medical supplies, rising costs of goods and services and road

RAND report exposes Russian propaganda claims in Turkey

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews) In Turkey, where an estimated 245 journalists are behind bars and news is dominated by a mix of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s propaganda and conspiracy theories, it would seem pointless for Russia to spread its own false narratives. But a RAND Corporation report on Russian media in Turkey describes the lengths Russia has gone to in Turkey, and also how Russia’s stance changed dramatically from accusing

Fake: Kyiv ‘Not Ready’ for Prisoner Exchange with Russia

Kyiv has no intention of exchanging prisoners with the Kremlin – is one of Russia’s classic disinformation narratives about Ukraine which Moscow has been propagating tirelessly since the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine in 2014. Russian media regularly feature fake stories claiming Ukrainian authorities are refusing to claim their political prisoners and prisoners of war held by Russia. Last week Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov declared that Kyiv is

Fake: Hasidim Rape Underage Girl in Uman

Several web sites circulated a fake story during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year in the central Ukrainian city of Uman, claiming that several Hasidic men had raped a local underage girl. Uman Regional Police meanwhile dismissed the claim as a fake, saying no sexual assaults had been reported during the Jewish holiday. The Informator web site claims that during the night of September 9, a group

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Fake: France recognizes Donetsk People’s Republic. Ending trade with Russia is killing Ukraine’s economy. Russian lies about the accident at the Crimean Titan chemical plant.

Accident at the Crimean Titan Chemical Plant: Fifty Shades of Official Russian Lies

“There is no danger”, “everything is under control,” “atmospheric pollution is at permissible levels”, “there are no health hazards” –  Crimean occupation authorities are going out of their way to reassure the public that there is no environmental danger from the unexpected and unexplained  chemical emissions at the Crimean Titan factory in Armyansk, northern Crimea. On August 23-24 an unknown substance spewed into the atmosphere, filling the countryside with smog

Fake: US Tells Ukraine to Give Up on Crimea

Moskovskyi Komsomolets and other Russian media featured stories based on an American magazine article claiming that the US is telling Kyiv to give up on returning Crimea to Ukrainian control. Crimea is not Ukraine and Kyiv has no chance of returning the peninsula, declared Moskovskyi Komsomolets, citing Doug Bandow’s article Settle Crimea with a referendum in the National Interest bi-monthly magazine. Bandow’s article was spun by Russian media as representing

UK’s Skripal evidence obliterates hollow Russian propaganda

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake The morning after the OPCW confirmed that Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley had been poisoned by novichok in the aftermath of the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Britain’s Metropolitan Police issued a bombshell statement with the first details about the two Russian suspects in the case, who went by the pseudonyms Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. The Crown Prosecution Service said it has

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