Ukrainian media has falsely reported that the Russian State Duma adopted a law that prohibits its citizens from leaving Russia. It is not the first time that the fake news has circulated recently.
On June 6, an Internet resource, Replyua, reported it, citing NTV.
The material was reprinted by several other sites, including the Daily News (though it later removed it).
However, such news is absent on the NTV channel’s site according to a Stopfake investigation; and references in Ukrainian media to NTV do not contain screenshots or anything that can verify NTV as the source. In addition, the Russian State Duma has not put forward any legislation recently: according to the Duma website, its last meeting took place on May 22.
The false texts resemble news published on Golos Ameriki on May 20, 2015. Three sentences from Replyua coincide with the new text, and DailyNews used the same photo of Duma deputies.
Stories similar to these – about a prohibition on Russians leaving their country – have been popping up in Russian and Ukrainian media since the beginning of March 2015. The majority of these materials were accompanied with screenshots attributed to Lifenews.
However, we have not been able to find this material on Lifenews’ site or in its cache memory. It seems that Lifenews was not the source.
No such legislation appears on the site of the State Duma from the end of February through early March.