RT’s Scottish stars face investigation

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russia’s RT UK channel is now facing 11 investigations from media watchdog Ofcom, following the announcement of the latest three on May 21. Three of the cases under scrutiny relate to RT programmes hosted by former Scottish politicians Alex Salmond and George Galloway. They are interesting for the way they depict various national and international issues, and also because Russia can only benefit from

StopFake #184 [ENG] with Marko Suprun

Fake: US Special representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker acknowledges Ukraine unable to return Crimea and Donbas; OSCE moderator walks out on Donbas talks because of Ukraine threats; Ukrainian military suffer heavy losses in Donbas conflict.

Fake: Kurt Volker Acknowledges Ukraine Unable to Return Crimea and Donbas

Ukraine is unable to return Donbas and Crimea under its jurisdiction, Russian propagandist media announced on May 17, seemingly citing the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker. Volker admits Kyiv unable to return Crimea and Donbas, RT’s headline declared, while Moskovskyi Komsomolets went even further, advising Ukraine to come to terms with the loss of Donbas and Crimea, while laconically explained simply that Russia is

Fake: OSCE Walk Out on Donbas Talks Because of Ukrainian Threats

Scores of Russian media reported last week that the OSCE coordinator left the Trilateral Contact Group Ukrainian Donbas peace talks held in Minsk because of Ukrainian threats. Regnum, Politnavigator, Informburo, Donetskoye Agentstvo Novostey,  Kharkov and others all cite Natalia Nikonorova, the so-called acting foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), who claims that the Ukrainian delegation threatened and insulted its counterparts leading to the departure of the OSCE

Fake: Ukrainian Military Suffer Losses in Eastern Ukraine

This week Russian media were awash with stories claiming the Ukrainian military had suffered heavy losses while trying to further their positions in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas conflict zone. They cite self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) press spokesman Danyil Bezsonov, who claims that Ukraine lost nine men and strategic territory.  The DNR also issued a video claiming that Ukrainian military command had abandoned its soldiers during this latest operation. Bezsonov’s

New York State Senate welcomes Russian propagandists

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake It is absurd enough that Russia organises “Immortal Regiment” marches all over the world in early May, but the cynical propaganda stunt has taken a further step forward by gaining approval in a resolution by the New York State Senate. On May 8 this year Democratic Senator Luis Sepulveda welcomed a delegation of the “Russian Youth of America” to the Senate chamber and oversaw

Ex-BBC manager at Sputnik sees no evil

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Nikolai Gorshkov started his career as a protocol officer for the State Committee for Science and Technology of the USSR Council of Ministers in Moscow in 1977, according to his LinkedIn bio. In 1981 he became a senior editor and political commentator with Radio Moscow. He first worked for the BBC as a freelance co-producer in 1986, and joined the BBC World Service in

StopFake #183 [ENG] with Marko Suprun

Fake: US bans 155 Ukrainian imports due to country’s political situation; Kyiv breaks talks on prisoner exchange with occupied territories; University of turin recognizes so-called Donetsk People’s Republic diplomas.

Fake: US Bans 155 Ukrainian Imports Due to Political Situation

Russian propagandist outlet RT declared last week that the US suspended duty free import of 155 types of Ukrainian products due to the political situation in the country, calling it a “slap in the face of President Petro Poroshenko’s regime”. Hoewever the preferential duties were suspended due to lack of protection of intellectual property rights in Ukraine and Ukraine’s lack of progress in drafting laws about copyright protection. This decision

Immortal Regiment marches are a festival of the grotesque

by Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Every year Russian state media boasts about the spread of “Immortal Regiment” marches around the world, in which people wear orange and black St. George ribbons, wave Soviet flags and carry signs with pictures ostensibly of their relatives who were killed in World War II while singing “patriotic” songs. This year TASS and Russian embassies tweeted about events that took place in Seoul, Buenos

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