Kremlin’s Top Five ‘Propaganda Myths, Fakes and Stupidities’ for the past week

Joseph Stalin icon was used to bless Putin’s strategic bombers at Engels Air Base in Russia. June 2015 (Image:

Joseph Stalin icon was used to bless Putin’s strategic bombers at Engels Air Base in Russia. June 2015 (Image: 

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As he does each week, Dmitry Bukovsky of Kyiv’s “Delovaya stolitsa” compiles a list of “the top five propaganda myths, fakes, and stupidities” for the previous week out of the mass flow of such misinformation and disinformation coming out of Moscow about Ukraine and Russia.

This week’s harvest contains the following items:

  1. Moscow Commentator Sees Nalyvaichenko Leading “Neo-Nazi Underground’ Against Kyiv.
    Valentyn Nalyvaichenko

    Valentyn Nalyvaichenko

    According to Kremlin political commentator Semen Uralov, the dismissal of Valentyn Nalyvaichenko as the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) will be followed by his becoming the head of “the neo-Nazi underground” in Ukraine and marching on Kyiv,” thus repeating the same prediction Moscow media made following the dismissal of Dmytro Yarosh. Uralov does add one piquant detail: he says that Nalyvaichenko will form a kind of “Euro-ISIS” to destabilize the region.

  2. Moscow TV Says Americans Preparing to Overthrow Ukrainian President. Moscow media also reported that the US is preparing to overthrow the Ukrainian president, presumably if it can beat Nalivaychenko to the punch. The evidence for this? According to the Russian outlet, it is obvious that Washington has this plan because “the US embassy permitted the leader” of an opposition party to “criticize Poroshenko.”
  3. Russian Astrologer Says All Signs Point to End of Ukraine. When its commentators and journalists cannot come up with something useful about Ukraine, the Kremlin can always turn to its astrologers. This week, one of the most prominent of these, Tamara Globa, said that the fires at the Ukrainian oil storage and processing facility earlier are consistent with all signs pointing to the imminent end of Ukraine as a country.
  4. Stalin Icon Used to Bless Putin’s Strategic Bombers. Russian Orthodox priests used an icon showing “’saint’ Joseph Stalin” to bless Russia’s strategic bombers at Engels Air Base even as some Russian nationalists press for the canonization of the former Soviet dictator.
  5. ‘DNR’ Looking for a Mountain to Name in Its Honor. Mountain climbers with a "DNR" flag. (Image: the best Soviet tradition, the mountain climbing club of the “Donetsk Peoples Republic” is currently looking for a mountain that lacks a name so that it can forever after be known by the name of the self-proclaimed “republic.” But there are some problems: (1) the mountaineers haven’t found one yet that is tall enough and unnamed and (2) they haven’t figured out what country’s passports they will use for travel to attempt to climb it should a deserving peak be identified.

Edited by: A. N.

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