Hot topics of Russian disinfo: “Plague and cholera on your house”. Issue #23

Disinformers are once again disseminating the “all is lost” thesis, on all fronts. There is a total impoverishment in the country, as evidenced by the failure to implement the revenue part of the budget in January 2020, there is a recession of the industry and the attempts of the authorities to sell everything there is to sell in Ukraine. In the foreign policy arena, Ukraine remains a puppet: Erdogan "deceived Zelensky like a kid", and Pompeo confirmed that Crimea would never be returned, and generally "regarded Ukraine like Bobik the dog who should only bark at whoever is pointed at." Even the story with the words of the leader of the Servant of the People's faction about the resumption of water supply to Crimea, and their further refutation, were used to talk about the "man-eater methods of Kyiv", and that actually Kherson region will soon be hit by plague and cholera because of the canal shutdown. All this leads to an alleged falling of the rating of Zelensky, who has long since become a cynical Poroshenko, and at some points (for example, having made a search at 1+1 channel) even surpassed him.

Теги:  disinfomonitor, eng

Hot topics of Russian disinfo. “Ukraine is not ready for the coronavirus, Russian speakers will suffer most”. Issue #22

Last week was very active for disinformers. The coronavirus was used to promote the thesis on the futility of medical reform, and even for fakes about war. A deputy’s proposal to sell a dog in order to pay for utilities served as a perfect illustration of the “tariff genocide” and ‘total impoverishment”. In addition, Zelensky was accused of “spitting in the face of veterans” by refusing to interpret history Soviet-style. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo showed where the "correct church" was and tried to bribe Lukashenko. And a replacement for Honcharuk, the “nestling of Soros”, is being looked for. Consistently, Ukrainians are being frightened with impoverishment and cumulative pension.

Теги:  eng, disinfomonitor

Hot topics of Russian disinfo: Zelensky’s shame in Davos, social genocide, and promotion of Yulia Tymoshenko. Issue #21

Last week, disinformers were focused on the economic forum in Davos and attempted to discredit the Ukrainian delegation, along with Zelensky. Disinformers reported that the Servant of the People party was once again anticipating a crisis, and its members were corrupt people ruled by Soros. Together with the NBU, they are committing a social genocide, leading an already impoverished Ukraine to disaster. As a new confirmation of these theses, they began to use a fresh estimate of the population. There are, as usual, many fakes news about shelling and the AFU. Traditionally, readers are being intimidated with fearful nationalists, banditry, and torch marches. Once again, disinformers turned to history: they discussed roles in World War II and regretted the collapse of the USSR.

Теги:  eng, disinfomonitor

Fortune tellers and clairvoyants, fake experts and useful idiots. The topics that Russian disinformation promotes and the methods it uses

Zelensky was initially mentioned neutrally in manipulative news, and sometimes hopes were voiced that he would get rid of the course of Ukraine’s previous leadership. However, with time, Zelensky's image in manipulative news becomes reminiscent of Poroshenko's image. Since May, we have been tracking the topics of Russian disinfo which appeared on Ukrainian junk news sites (also called toilet-tank sites) and in Russian disinformation publications targeted at Ukraine (published in the occupied territories of Donbass and in Russia). We are publishing main highlights of our study of Russian disinformation from May to November 2019 below.

Теги:  eng, disinfomonitor

Hot topics of Russian disinfo: Zelensky the weakling, "kindergarten" in the Parliament, officials fatten, the people are enslaved Issue #20

“The Honcharuk files” and the nonexistent economic crisis. As proof, information about the burst pipe in Kyiv is disseminated. A lot of criticism goes to Zelensky, who is called weak and indecisive. Ministers and officials are called vermin and criticized for high salaries. Over the last week, a lot of negativity has been poured on the deputies, the Rada is compared to a kindergarten, and the new laws are mentioned in terms of "serfs" and "lords".

Теги:  eng, disinfomonitor

Hot Topics of Russian Disinfo. Airplane crash in Iran and “dandelion girl on state duty Yulia Mendel”. Issue #19

The manipulators wrote a lot about the Ukrainian plane downed in Iran, once again concluding that it was the US's fault, and that Ukraine remains a puppet. They have not forgotten to summarize the economic results of the year, to make some scary economic forecasts, to discuss the places and length of holidays of Ukrainian politicians, to continue to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine and spread a few new horror stories about nationalists selling “cannibalistic cans”, and wishing to reintegrate the Donbas with a flamethrower and in Nazi uniform.

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Hot Topics of Russian Disinfo. Issue #18. “Ukraine, I’ve had enough of you!”, Russians fantasize of Srebrenica

The Normandy summit is still the focus of all the media. Based on it, the possibility of autonomy for the Donbas, the continuation of gas negotiations and sanctions against "Nord Stream 2" were discussed. Giving back control of the occupied border area to Ukraine can lead to “a Srebrenica”, and the investigation into Sheremet's murder is a great excuse for inciting hysteria around the topic of violence and veterans. Ukraine itself is to blame for the gas conflict, and instead of paying the Gazprom debt to Naftogaz, Russian remind of Yanukovych's debt (with interest thereon, already).

Теги:  eng, disinfomonitor

Hot Topics of Russian Disinfo. Issue #17. Normandy, "The new clown and the old marauder"

TEXTY continue to monitor the topics spread by Russian disinformation. This time, we have added some mainstream Ukrainian news sites in order to compare the coverage of the topic by different groups of sites. Also, Russian mainstream sites are now available in our monitoring.

Теги:  eng, disinfomonitor

Disinfo from Russia. Issue #16. "Overthrow" of Zelensky, the "klepto-army of Ukraine" and the Nazis attack.

Neo-Nazism prevails in Ukraine, and sexual perverts are in power. Disinformers have come to such conclusions, interpreting all the scandals surrounding MPs. One quote from Lukash (minister of justice in times of Yanukovych) turned into a series of articles about the possibility of Zelensky's overthrow. And the troop withdrawal has been "decorated" with outright fakes about shelling, discrediting of the Armed Forces and scary stories about armed nationalists. The results of the scandalous opinion poll in the Donbas were also disseminated: “Ukraine is in shock: the survey showed ...”

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Disinfo from Russia. Issue #15. "Servant of the People" party turns into Petro Poroshenko Block, the bacillus of nationalism and Soros’ minions surround Zelensky

Disinformers continue to impose their distorted interpretations and pervert all events that are taking place in Ukraine. The "Servant of the People" party is in crisis again, Dubinsky will soon become a leader of a new political force, and Zelensky conspires with nationalists. Terrorist publications base their conclusions on both pseudo-experts' comments and situative quotes. This time they wrote a lot about the aggressive criticism of Zelensky by nationalists, the insults from Kolomoisky's, phrase by “Opposition platform — For Life” party, that coincides with the rhetoric of disinformers, and Yevgen Shevchenko's comments on Russian television.

Теги:  disinfomonitor, eng