Fake: President Poroshenko Proposes Crimeans be Deprived of Ukrainian Citizenship

StopFake.org - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 20:51

This week the usual suspects – TASS, RIA Novosti, Ukraina.ru, RT, Lenta.ru announced that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to deprive  of Ukrainian citizenship all those who live in Crimea and were forced to take Russian passports because of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.

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“With this initiative, Petro Poroshenko actually recognizes the inhabitants of the peninsula as citizens of Russia” RT declared.

Meanwhile the Russia appointed leader of Crimea Sergei Aksionov rushed to reassure that, we never insisted that people give up their Ukrainian passports, except for civil servants, law enforcement personnel and the judiciary”.

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President Poroshenko has put forth amendments to the existing citizenship law to be considered by parliament.  The changes the President proposes will not deprive Crimeans of Ukrainian citizenship as Russian media claim, but rather will guarantee those citizenship rights.

Currently Ukraine’s citizenship law states that a person loses Ukrainian citizenship when he or she voluntarily takes on another citizenship. Poroshenko proposes that the law be amended to reflect cases when people take other citizenship unwillingly. The explanatory note Poroshenko submitted with the amendment proposal to parliament establishes “additional grounds for the loss of citizenship” but provides safeguards for those who live in the occupied territories of Ukraine”. Willing collaboration with Russian occupying authorities, participation in elections or serving in the army of another state though are grounds for loss of citizenship.

Russian media completely ignore the fact that the proposed amendments safeguard Ukrainian citizenship in cases where new citizenship is taken under coercion as is the case in illegally annexed Crimea.

The proposed amendments have a long way to go before becoming law and there is no guarantee that parliament will actually approve the President’s amendments. But these are insignificant details for the Kremlin propaganda machine and their anti-Ukrainian agenda.

Categories: World News

Manipulation: Ukrainian Sailors Threaten to Return to Crimea

StopFake.org - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:59

On April 18 RIA Novosti, Argumenty I Fakty, PolitNavigator, Moskovskyi Komsomolets and other Russian media disseminated a story claiming that Ukrainian sailors who left Crimea after it was annexed by Russia in 2014 were threatening to return to the occupied peninsula and take Russian citizenship.

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The source for this distorted claim was an open letter that a group of sailors wrote to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calling on him to resolve housing shortages that Ukraine’s naval personnel resettled from Crimea were facing.

The open letter addresses housing concerns that naval personnel are confronted with on the mainland. Forced to leave their homes because of the annexation without any compensation, many of these naval personnel have struggled to find housing. They point out in the letter that they chose to remain faithful to their oath to serve their country, and because of that they and their families are facing social and housing difficulties. Previous appeals have fallen on deaf ears, they point out and in the four years since they were forced to leave their homes, these issues have not been resolved.

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At the end of the letter these naval personnel appeal to President Poroshenko to use his offices to resolve these housing issues and express hope that Ukraine’s leadership will not remain indifferent to their plight. “We hope Ukraine’s leadership won’t be indifferent in resolving this matter and won’t induce naval personnel who finish their tour of duty to return to Crimea, take Russian citizenship just to resolve this housing issue, thereby putting our lives and the lives of our families in danger” the servicemen conclude.

Russian media focused on this one and only sentence while completely ignoring an entire page of text that preceded it in which the naval personnel point out that they have always been patriots of their country, followed orders, many have served in the war in eastern Ukraine and have been decorated for their defense of country.

According to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry after Russia annexed Crimea 3991 military personnel, including 1649 officers left the peninsula for the Ukrainian mainland.

Categories: World News

Disinfo News: The “Troll” That Went Public

StopFake.org - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 01:53

By Polyghaph

It seems that not only were rumors of Ian56‘s (@Ian56789) Twitter “death” (suspension) on Thursday exaggerated, but on Friday afternoon the world became acquainted with the real man behind the Twitter account with over 32,000 followers. And contrary to what you see in his profile pic, he’s not male model David Gandy.

Ian56789 on Twitter vs Ian56789 in real life https://t.co/YOKc2xPopa pic.twitter.com/uJdXN9erwD

— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) 20 апреля 2018 г.

The British outlet Sky News managed to track down a British man who said he was responsible for the Ian56 account. He gave his name as Ian, but without a surname.

In an article by The Guardian, Ian56 had been incorrectly labeled as a Russian “bot,” a type of automated account that randomly retweets and likes other tweets on the platform. Experts, however, labeled the account as a “troll” and not a bot based on its activity and behavior such as using a fake profile pic, unnatural use of English, and a bio that contradicted many of his tweets..

If the Ian on Sky News really is behind Ian56, then Ian56 isn’t the creation of an employee of the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, better known as the “troll factory.”

Ben Nimmo, of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab which previously tracked the account’s activity, explained that by calling the account a bot, some media outlets and authorities actually helped Ian.

“Anyone who calls him a Russian bot is just handing him a propaganda win,” Nimmo told Polygraph.info. He’s a pro-Kremlin troll. “Not, as I suspected, a troll factory account. But a troll. People really, really need a lesson in what bots are,” said Nimmo.

On the other hand, the person behind the account, if it is the “Ian” on TV, apparently fooled the experts who thought they had the account pegged.

Polygraph.info sought comment from the account tweeting at Ian56 last month.

@Ian56789 Please send us your CV, any other identifying information as you have been identified by the Atlantic Council as a Russian troll. We are writing and offer you a response. polygraph-editors@voanews.com

— Polygraph (@PolygraphInfo) 27 марта 2018 г.


The account responded not with information on his identity, but by placing Polygraph.info’s Twitter account on a number of Twitter “lists,” a response at least one EU disinformation expert got as well.

I think someone is not very happy we exposed he/she’s been involved in many disinformation operations in the past two years.
News story here: https://t.co/wieFbxnYB4 pic.twitter.com/PjHhRr4P1q

— Alex. Alaphilippe (@AAlaphilippe) 7 апреля 2018 г.

“I am speaking for the vast majority of British people, 59-point-9 million out of 60-million English people,” said Ian on the Friday evening Sky News broadcast.

Alistair Bunkall of Sky News told Polygraph.info the operator of “Ian56” agreed to an interview by direct message, using a code to identify himself before the network went live via Skype. The network did not include his surname.

On Thursday, when Ian’s account was temporarily suspended, Polygraph.info sought commentary from Twitter on the reason behind the suspension. Twitter was unable to comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. Twitter did not comment on the reinstatement of the account.

By Polyghaph

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