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Distortion: Ukraine Gave up Nuclear Weapons because of US Threats

The United States threatened to pound Ukraine into powder if Kyiv did not give up its nuclear arsenal and fearing the American threat, Ukraine’s leadership surrendered its nuclear warheads. This is how Russian media distorted the words of Ukraine’s first President Leonid Kravchuk, who allegedly admitted that after the collapse of the USSR Ukraine could have accidentally launched a nuclear missile. “Post-Soviet Ukraine was in a fever, anything could have

Fake: Poland Wants To Increase Its EU Influence Because of Old Scores With Germany

Poland has agreed to the deployment of additional US troops on its territory because of “old historic scores” with Germany, Russian pro-Kremlin media announced last week. Looking to increase its influence in Eastern Europe Warsaw is resorting to fairy tales about Russian aggression that even Poles do not believe RT  declared, while RIA Novosti accused Poland of “indulging its American masters’ whims”, intensifying military threats in Europe and of course,

Fake: Crimeans Not Allowed in the EU and US

Recently the Russian Embassy to the United Kingdom announced that United States and the European Union continue to oppress the Crimean people. The refusal of several EU countries to issue Schengen visas to residents of annexed Crimea violates the rights of peoples to free movement and goes against international human rights standards, the Russian Embassy declared with exaggerated self-righteousness. According to Russian officials, since 2014 Crimea residents allegedly cannot travel

Fake: European Union Ceases to Believe in NATO and the US

European Union residents do not see any threats from Russia despite all the efforts of the US to convince them otherwise, RT declared last week. Citing a report by the Atlantic Council American think tank, another pro-Kremlin publication, Sputnik claims the US intends to create myths about Russian aggression in order to increase its influence on EU countries, but such efforts will not be successful because the European Union has

Fake: Kurt Volker Interferes in Ukraine’s Internal Affairs

Pro-Kremlin site Ukraina.ru accused U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker of interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs. The story cites Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the Opposition Platform for Life party, who during a television interview said that Volker had exceeded his authority and violated Ukrainian legislation. In an April 4 interview with American PBS public broadcaster Kurt Volker was asked if he thought presidential front-runner Volodymyr Zelensky was a

Few people are actually trapped in filter bubbles. Why do they like to say that they are?

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. We’re not trapped in filter bubbles, but we like to act as if we are. Few people are in complete filter bubbles in which they only consume, say, Fox News, Matt Grossmann writes in a new

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

Russian Media, Ambassador Fuel Conspiracy About Seth Rich Murder

Source: Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in United Kingdom, May 18, 2017 By Polygraph Seth Rich was a 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) who was shot dead in Washington, DC on July 20, 2016 early in the morning as he returned home from a bar. His murder has become the source of conspiracy theories claiming that he is the person who leaked the DNC’s emails to

Fake: US Accuses Ukraine of Genocide against Its People

Scores of Russian media disseminated a story this week claiming that during a meeting with business leaders US President Donald Trump accused Ukraine of waging genocide against its own people. PolitForum,Sruuss-westi.ru, Vao News, PolitNews, 7dniv.info, Mir and several other Russian sites ran this fake story. Donald Trump allegedly made this accusation during a business roundtable, which was reported by CNN radio, Russian sites claim. However, CNN never ran such a

Fake: Tillerson Names Conditions under Which Crimea Would Be Recognized as Russian

Scores of Russian media manipulated statements made by US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson during his congressional confirmation hearing, claiming that Tillerson named the conditions under which America would be prepared to recognize Crimea as Russian territory. Russian state news agency TASS declared that Tillerson had named the terms under which Crimea would be recognized as part of Russia and Lenta.ru quickly followed suit claiming that he “clarified” those

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