East StratCom disinformation claim:

The actions of Russian football fans in France seem unusual for Europeans because thay have been used to watch the “men” of gay parades.

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Period/date: 13. June 2016

Debunk claim:

There is evidence that a group of 300 armed Russian hooligans travelled to Marseille with the deliberate aim of creating disorder (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/euro-2016-russia-vs-england-violence-marseille-hooligans-clash-hospital-a7077906.html). Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin has also confirmed that Russian hooligans were behind much of the violence that broke out in the city. The prosecutor said that they were “well-trained” and “prepared for ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action” (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/13/marseille-prosecutor-russian-trained-hooligans-england-euro-2016).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 31. The item is located at row number 25 in the report.

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