Object of manipulation
: Article on the website of Estonia’s Russian-language Russkoje Radio
Date: 06 April 2016
Source of manipulation
: Moscow-based Russian-language online newspaper lenta.ru
Date: 06 April 2016
The false fact or narrative: The articles that appeared on russkoeradio.fm and lLenta.ru were identical. Both stated that several countries have accused Russia of conducting military operations in eastern Ukraine, and that Moscow refutes these allegations, pointing to the lack of evidence.
On 17 December 2015, during his annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted
the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine, In addition, there is sample proof
that Russia has supplied military equipment to separatists there, including the Buk surface-to-air missile system
that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014,and of Russian soldiers
Technique: Lying, admitting, and lying again.
: The website of Russkoje Radio, which gets 8,000 unique visitors
: After nearly two years of denying any Russian military presence in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at his 17 December 2015 annual press conference, answered a question about Capt. Yevgenny Yerofeyev and Sgt. Alexander Alexandrov — members of Russia’s GRU special forces who were taken prisoner in eastern Ukraine — by declaring the following: “We never said there were no people there who were carrying out certain tasks including in the military sphere.” It is worth mentioning that the very same two sentences —“Several countries have accused Russia of conducting military operations in eastern Ukraine. Moscow refutes these allegations, pointing out the lack of evidence.” — have been repeated
several times over the past few weeks by different articles in Russian media channels.
Description of sources
: Russkoje Radio
is a Russian-language radio station boasting Estonia’s second largest Russian-speaking audience (about 137,000 listeners and 8,000 unique visitors
to its website per week. It is part of the Sky Media group, which is owned by Estonian broadcasting company Taevaraadio OÜ. Lenta.ru is a Russian online newspaper owned by Rambler Media Group, a division of Prof-Media. It is one of the most popular Russian-language online resources, which more than 600,000 visitors daily.
In 2014, its owner, Alexander Mamut, fired editor-in-chief Galina Timchenko
and replaced her with Alexey Goreslavsky. Of the newspaper’s 84 employees, 39 lost their jobs, including Director-General Yuliya Minder. Lenta.ru’s employees issued a statement
that Mamut’s aim was to install a new editor-in-chief directly controlled by the Kremlin and to turn the website into a propaganda tool.