New #DisinfoReview from the EU East StratCom Task Force
18 January 2018


When the emperor has no clothes

Remember the story by Hans Christian Andersen of the emperor with no clothes? He is tricked into paying large sums of money for clothes supposedly woven of the finest fabrics, which can only be seen by the most intelligent people. But in reality he is wearing nothing - a fact which no one dares acknowledge until it is finally pointed out by a little boy as he parades the streets.

The same goes for disinformation. If you don't dare point out that it is disinformation, people keep pretending. And as we could read earlier this week, disinformation outlets do not even themselves try to keep up appearances; on the contrary, they are quite open about the nature of their activities.

This last week there have been many repetitions of recurring disinformation narratives in the pro-Kremlin disinformation wardrobe. So we feel the need to point out the obvious, again.

The never ending moral decay of the West

In the Georgian disinformation space, the moral decay of the West was supposedly illustrated by a new Canadian law that made criticising gender theory a criminal offence. In reality, the new law is an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act, which adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

On Russian state TV, NATO was claimed to be on par with Daesh when it comes to terrorism. And the US was accused of being one of the warring sides in Ukraine. We have debunked such claims countless times.

A new US report was claimed on Russian state TV to be Russophobia, another common excuse used by pro-Kremlin disinformation when Russia is called out or criticised.

And in another Georgian disinformation outlet, it was claimed that Europe had recognised incest as a norm. Actually, protection and promotion of the rights of the child is one of the objectives of the European Union. All policies and actions with an impact on children must be designed, implemented and monitored in line with the best interests of the child.

Are things really that bad in Ukraine?

The end of Ukraine, is it?

Judging by the pro-Kremlin disinformation stories about Ukraine, you would wonder if the country will make it through the week. Ukraine was described as a wasteland, with a plummeting population due to lack of health care; and as a country plagued by a Hepatitis A epidemic.

But, it is not quite as bad as it sounds. According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, there are sporadic cases of the disease in Ukraine, but there is most certainly no epidemic. And as pointed out many times before, disinformation about Ukraine has been at the heart of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign at least since the start of the protests at Maidan.

And pro-Kremlin outlets again portrayed Russia as the peacekeeper in the world and a country that adheres to international law, contradicting the facts of its illegal annexation of Crimea in clear violation of international law, and involvement in the conflict in the East of Ukraine.

When it comes to disinformation, the emperor has no clothes.

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Every Thursday, the Disinformation Review brings you the latest cases of news articles carrying key examples of how pro-Kremlin disinformation finds its way in international media, as well as news and analysis on the topic. The review focuses on key messages carried in international media which have been identified as providing a partial, distorted or false view or interpretation and/or spreading key pro-Kremlin messaging. It does not necessarily imply however that the outlet concerned is linked to the Kremlin or that it is pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. The Review is a compilation of cases from the East Stratcom Task Force's wide network of contributors and therefore cannot be considered an official EU position. Likewise, the news articles are based on the analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force, so information and opinions expressed there cannot be considered an official EU position. Any errors or misrepresentations should be reported to the East Stratcom Task Force for correction at
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