East StratCom disinformation claim:

Ukraine’s legal framework and morality have been destroyed. The government has many sympathisers with neo-Nazi ideas, and “honest neo-Nazis” are fighting to get in. Ukraine is heading towards becoming a Nazi regime.

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Period/date: 29. September 2016

Debunk claim:

Extremists and provocateurs, to whom the Russian media devote much attention, are indeed one of the threats faced across the country. But they constitute a very small minority. The vast majority of Ukrainians want peace, stability and democracy, as witnessed by the democratic and inclusive Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014. This was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014, where parties devoted to democratic values received the strong majority of votes. The far-right Right Sector (often depicted as “fascists” by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. Ukraine’s electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that (http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm#cl507).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depoua, blogger, researcher in Disinformation Review issue 43. The item is located at row number 8 in the report.

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