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Fake: World Jewish Congress Recognizes Crimea as Russian

Russian media are disseminating a story claiming that the World Jewish Congress has recognized Crimea as part of Russia. The source for this claim is a statement made by Crimea’s chief rabbi Binyamin Volf. On November 23 the daily Vesti program on Russian state Rossiya 24 television channel announced that during the World Jewish Congress gathering in New York, Crimea was recognized as part of Russia. The proof – Rabbi

Fake: Crimea Hosts International Ukrainian Diaspora Congress

Russian and Crimean media reported last week that an international congress of Ukrainian diaspora organizations was held on the Russian occupied Crimea peninsula. The congress declared that it wanted to collaborate with what they called “constructive segments of Ukraine’s population”. Organizers claimed representatives from several European countries attended the gathering, including from the Ukrainian mainland, but these were not named for security reasons, RIA Novosti reported. Real Ukrainian diaspora organizations

The Only Thing Catalonia and Crimea Have in Common Is the Letter C

By By Diane Francis, for Atlantic Council A Bloomberg piece in October titled “Why Catalonia Will Fail Where Crimea Succeeded” by Russian writer Leonid Bershidsky is an example of moral equivalence run amok. He compares two completely unrelated events—referenda in Crimea and Catalonia—as though they bear any similarity, and as though they carry the same moral weight. “The Catalan situation draws comparisons with that in Crimea in 2014, and they are

Fake: No Military Pressure on Crimeans to Support Russian Annexation

With the Catalonian independence referendum remaining in the headlines some in the media have taken to comparing Catalonia to Crimea, a part of Ukraine that Russia illegally annexed in 2014. Bloomberg View columnist Leonid Bershidsky in an opinion piece entitled Why Catalonia Will Fail Where Crimea Succeeded claims that the Crimean referendum on secession did not take place at gunpoint. Bershidsky writes that “Neither the “little green men” nor uniformed

A new Russian movie set in Crimea during the 2014 annexation enjoys another round of Internet mockery

By Meduza On September 28, Russian movie theaters started showing Alexey Pimanov’s new film “Crimea,” whose viewer rating on Kinopoisk (Russia’s version of IMDB) hackers recently tried to inflate. Russian Twitter users have since noticed that many of movie’s screenings took place for an audience of one, leading to speculation that nobody is going to see this movie. Сходить что ли посмотреть на этого человека pic.twitter.com/dJbLuSTt0v — Лев Бирюков (@lbiryukov) 29 сентября 2017 г.

Fake: Ukrainians Visiting Crimea in Droves

According to the Russian Security Service (FSB) Crimea border control, well after the end of the vacation season Ukrainians are pouring into the annexed peninsula in droves. Russia’s official news agency RIA Novosti and other publications featured several stories about this alleged late season vacation rush. Official Ukrainian agencies meanwhile present a somewhat different picture, as do recent sociological polls. Tens of thousands of Ukrainians heading to Crimea, Huge tourist

Fake: Poroshenko Admits Returning Crimea Unrealistic

Russian media misrepresented Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko this week, claiming that he admitted returning Russian annexed Crimea back to Ukraine at the present time is unrealistic. What Ukraine’s President actually said during his annual address to the Ukrainian parliament is that Ukraine cannot return Crimea militarily at the present time, but will ultimately do so through legal means. Russia’s news agency TASS not only misrepresented Poroshenko’s actual words, but added

Fake: Crimea Benefits Economically from Reunification with Russia

Prosperity came to the Crimea with the arrival of Russian rule – declared the occupying Crimean authorities in a government report last week, buttressing their fake claims with figures and graphs.  Fakes about economic growth and prosperity in Crimea are regularly peddled in the Russian media. Meanwhile think tanks and centers who use real data in their analysis and the actual residents of Crimea paint a picture that is much

Fake: Ukraine Drying Up Having Cut Off Water to Crimea

The Russian site Ukraina.ru published a story last week claiming that Ukraine was in danger of a severe drought due to the closure of the North-Crimean water canal. Ukraine will self-destruct and run out of fresh water because of its water blockade of Crimea declared RIA Novosti, Novostnoye Agentstvo Kharkov, Gosnovosti and other Russian sites. On April 26, Ukraine closed the sluices of the North Crimean Canal, halting water supply

Crimean residents, Russians increasingly hostile and at odds, political scientist says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Even Crimean residents who initially welcomed the Russian Anschluss are now disappointed with the occupation and angry at Russians for their behavior, and the Russians there, long-time residents new arrivals and tourists, are reciprocating with anger at the local population, according to Yevgeniya Goryunova, a Crimean political scientist. She points to five socio-economic conditions behind this deterioration between Crimean residents and Russians and devotes

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