East StratCom disinformation claim:

Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages have equal status and are used in public administration and studied in all schools and universities of the peninsula. // In Crimea, (as in all of Russia) there is no “black list” of banned movies, TV shows, books and artists from Ukraine.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 18. March 2016

Debunk claim:

Both Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages are under severe pressure. Practically all Ukrainian TV-channels have been switched off and replaced by Russian state-controlled broadcasting (http://um.dk/en/news/newsdisplaypage.aspx?newsID=CB133836-8560-48EF-937A-910B48436E2A). The EU has also reaffirmed its deep concern at the deterioration of the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula, including the denial of freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of religion and belief, and the persecution of persons belonging to minorities, in particular the Crimean Tatars (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18-hr-eu-crimea/?utm_source=dsms-auto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Declaration+by+the+High+Representative+on+behalf+of+the+EU+on+Crimea). // In November 2015 Russian police confiscated several “anti-Russian” and “extremist” publications from the Moscow Library of Ukrainian Literature and detained the library’s director Natalya Sharina.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Official from Lithuania in Disinformation Review issue 20. The item is located at row number 36 in the report.

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