A posting on English Radio, of Iran’s IRIB, caught my attention today with this headline: “Russia nabs 25 Ukrainians for sabotage”. Here is the article:
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) says in a statement twenty-five Ukrainians suspected of planning terrorist attacks on Russian soil have been arrested.
The FSB said on Thursday that the detained were planning attacks between March 14 and 16 in the southern and central parts of the country, including in Rostov, Volgograd, Tver, Orel, Belgorod, Kalmykia and Tatarstan regions.
Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency quoted the FSB as saying “Twenty-five people have been identified and detained as a result of measures performed in connection with the obtained information about the intentions of members of the so-called Maidan’s Right Sector to carry out sabotaging and terrorist acts on the Russian territory between March 14-16, 2014 in seven Russian regions.”
A source in the security forces also told RT that at least three of the detainees were given orders by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) before being sent to the country.
Since the story mentions Ria Novosti and RT, I went to both of their websites to seek confirmation. Nothing. I also looked at ITAR-TASS and Pravda. Again, nothing.
Iran, especially PressTV, has a long and storied history of misinformation and disinformation. This is no different.
Just remember, kids, just because it’s on the internet, it may not be true.