New #DisinfoReview from the EEAS East StratCom Task Force
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This week we take a look at how three classic
"disinformation recipes" have been put to use

Disinfo recipe 1: Take a pinch of truth and add a spoonful of invention

This type of disinformation builds on existing facts, but then distorts them, perverts them and connects them with fictitious narratives, to deliver information that is ultimately false.

We see this as the main disinformation trend this week, as the undoubted challenges the EU and Europe in general face over the refugee crisis are distorted and reported in a very inaccurate way.

Thus, in the table, you will see multiple examples of claims like “the refugee crisis is orchestrated by the USA / EU / Israel”; or that the whole migrant crisis is a part of a bigger plan to destroy European culture and Europe's population. You will see similar claims in Dmitry Kiselyov’s show (, precise timecodes are included in the table). One pro-Kremlin outlet claims that pork meat is now disappearing from German restaurants and school cafeterias, in order to please Muslim refugees (

Several Czech outlets claim that Germany is going to close its borders, which will lead to thousands of refugees coming into the Czech Republic ( // Others claim that the Visegrad countries will have to leave the EU to avoid being destroyed by the orchestrated arrival of migrants ( //

Pro-Kremlin anchor Vladimir Solovyov sums up: Russia is the only country that can help Europe with its migrant crisis:

Disinfo recipe 2: Leave the truth in the freezer

This type of disinformation takes a topical story but leaves the truth out. A strong disinformation trend this week has concerned Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, abducted and taken to Russia, where she has now been illegally detained for nine months.

The international version of Sputnik repeats older disinformation, that Savchenko crossed the Russian border disguised as a refugee ( – but the evidence is that Savchenko was kidnapped by separatists ( In Pyotr Tolstoy’s TV show (, there are multiple claims that Savchenko is responsible for killing two Russian journalists – but the evidence is that she was kidnapped before the journalists were killed.

In a particularly hideous story, Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda claims that Savchenko was willing to sell the organs of the captives ( - although there was never any proof suggesting anything of this kind.


Disinfo recipe 3: No ingredients? Just make them up!

This type of disinformation just makes a story up. Its only purpose is to exploit local prejudices. Thus, Georgian outlet Asaval-Dasavali claims that “Europe legalizes pedophilia and declares it a norm; Europe will soon demand that Georgia defends pedophiles' rights.”

Of course, pedophilia is illegal in every member state of the EU. Sadly, this hasn't prevented this particular disinformation attack from being repeated in the region for a couple of years now.



This week's table also flags up an opinion piece in the Guardian (, presenting a host of inaccurate information about the Ukrainian economy. We will analyse this further in Friday's Disinformation Digest.

Thank you very much for your reports, we are looking forward to new ones.

East StratCom Task Force
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The Disinformation Review collects examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation all around Europe and beyond. Every week, it exposes the breadth of this campaign, showing the countries and languages targeted. We're always looking for new partners to cooperate with us for that.
The Disinformation Digest analyses how pro-Kremlin media see the world and what independent Russian voices say. It follows key trends on Russian social media, so you can put pro-Kremlin narratives into their wider context. And finally… some Friday Fun before the weekend!
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