US equals Daesh, Russia equals humanitarian aid
During the last week, pro-Kremlin outlets focused mostly on events in Syria and the Middle East. But in a classic example of "disinformation through distraction" they focused attention away from the key news event of the week, the attack on a humanitarian convoy providing aid to Aleppo, and instead on the actions of others. In particular, they deflected attention by accusing the US of… well, practically everything.
The website riafan.ru kicked off by claiming that the US had an agreement with Daesh (http://bit.ly/2cRepuI). This accusation was further developed during the popular TV show Vremya Pokazhet (http://bit.ly/2dtWRb8) in claims that the US had created Daesh, as well as Al-Qaeda (in an English disinformation article all these organisations at least cooperate with the US: http://bit.ly/2d4ZYFJ). Only a couple of minutes later, viewers of this show were informed that Russia is the only country in the world that provides Syria with humanitarian aid.
Not only is there much more significant humanitarian aid from both the EU and the US (http://bit.ly/2dly4Xz; http://bit.ly/2d38gfb); during the UN Security Council, the US, UK and French ambassadors suggested that recent Russian actions in Syria could constitute “war crimes” (http://bit.ly/2dt4vPZ), rather than “humanitarian aid”.