Tag "Sputnik"

Sputnik Srbija narratives fuel East-West division in Western Balkans, NATO Stratcom Report finds

By EU vs Disinfo Sputnik Srbija emphasises division in the Western Balkans, presenting pro-Western forces as ‘weak’ and ‘corrupt’, aiming to subordinate their neighbours. That is one of the conclusions of a report published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO Stratcom CoE). It analysed the online version of the Kremlin-sponsored outlet Sputnik in the Serbian language for a period of one year (the whole year of 2018). Sputnik Srbija has been

Russia seasons escalating Trump-Iran tensions with disinfo

By Polygraph SputnikRussian government news agency“On the night of January 8, Iran launched a missile strike on the American military infrastructure in Iraq. The number of victims of this attack was not disclosed.” Source: Sputnik, April 22, 2020 False Sputnik recycled thoroughly debunked Iranian disinformation On April 22, Russia’s state-owned Sputnik news agency published a commentary about U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet announcing his order to destroy any Iranian gunboats

Update: Sputnik falsely says Boris Johnson on lung ventilation

By Polygraph Sputnik NewsRussian state-owned media outlet“Johnson will undergo artificial lung ventilation, a source close to the UK healthcare authorities told Sputnik later. “ Source: Sputnik, April 5, 2020 False Johnson’s spokesman called the report “disinformation.” This story has been updated. On April 5, the Russian state-owned media outlet Sputnik News reported that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, had been admitted to

Russian senator falsely claims poles closed airspace to virus aid

By Polygraph Alexey PushkovChairman of the commission on information policy of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament“Poland did not let Russian aircraft carrying aid to Italy pass through its airspace. This is meanness at the level of public policy. Moreover, the help was for an ally of Poland in the EU and NATO. From now on, Russia should not meet Poland half-way, on any issue.” Source: Sputnik,

Russian chief editor wildly exaggerates Sputink’s Belarus audience

By Polygraph Margarita SimonyanChief Editor, Rossiya Segodnya“Sputnik Belarus in January had 10 million unique visitors, with the country’s population of 9.5 million. That is more than Radio Svoboda, the Polish BelSat and other foreign media in the country have, combined. I am proud!” Source: Twitter, Feb. 5, 2020 Partly False Simonyan exaggerated the actual number of unique visitors by a factor of two. On Feb. 5, Margarita Simonyan, chief editor

Sputnik mistakes Russian-made missile for American, mocks its effectiveness

By Polygraph SputnikRussian state-owned media outlet“A video of a US TOW anti-tank missile being fired at a Syrian armed forces T-62 tank has emerged on social media; the decades-old military hardware was left virtually unscathed.”Source: Sputnik, Dec. 27, 2019 False The missile on the video was most likely a Russian Metis-M, definitely not a TOW. On Dec. 27, the Russian state-owned media outlet Sputnik News posted a story based on

Attacking Estonia instead of paying office rent

By EU vs Disinfo The pro-Kremlin media has launched an aggressive campaign against Estonia, since the Russian state information bureau Sputnik ran into problems for failing to pay the rent for its office. “Sputnik is the victim of an unprecedented persecution“, “Estonia oppresses Russian media“. The Sputnik editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has called on the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid “to prevent the arrest of Sputnik Estonia employees“. Sputnik is quoting Iranian,

Sputnik Moldova Painted Media Forum as a Coup Factory

By Elena Derhanschi, for Polygraph Alexander Isayev Reporter, Sputnik Moldova “The annual training exercises for young ‘civil activists’ from 15 countries were held in the capital of Moldova — in an atmosphere of strict secrecy and with American money, volunteers were told about strategies for fighting the authorities, [and] about the organization of and media support for mass protests.” Source: Sputnik Moldova, October 28, 2019 False The claims by Sputnik

New sanctions against ‘Putin’s Chef’ prompt latest Russian election meddling denial

By Polygraph Sputnik News Russian state funded radio broadcaster “Russia has been repeatedly accused of meddling in the US elections by Western powers. However, subsequent probes failed to find evidence pointing to any Russian interference in the US election.” Source: Sputnik News, September 30, 2019 False U.S. probes resulted in proof, indictments On Monday, September 30, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it had taken

Sputnik and RT manipulation in Arabic: Al Rukban as a “Nazi Camp”

By EU vs Disinfo Up to 6.2 million Syrians have fled their homes inside Syria since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, and 5.6 million have been forced to take refuge in neighbouring countries. Of the 6.2 million refugees, only about 3 per cent – 170,000 people – have returned to Syria since 2016, according to UN records. The returns of Syrian refugees and displaced people have been making headlines in Russian

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