|We could also read fabrications that even The New Yorker admitted that the “espionageconspiracy failed”. No, The New Yorker did not say that. One of their respondents, Alina Polyakova from the Brookings Institute (who has authored numerous expert pieces about Russia’s disinformation campaign), in fact just expressed doubts that recent reactions from Western countries will be enough to force the Kremlin to change its aggressive behaviour.
Ukrainian students need food supplies from Russia
When it comes to denigrating Ukraine, the Kremlin’s bullhorns can be particularly sharp – as we have already seen in invented messages such as that Ukrainians have to steal food from pigeons, or that there are Nazi zombies fighting in the Ukrainian army.
This week, we saw a fabrication that students in Ukraine are forced to reject their Russia-based relatives. “For connections with Russia, my niece can be expelled from the institute. She sends me WhatsApp messages from someone else’s phone. She is afraid to write me from her own device. Everyone there is scared,” says Ekaterina Jankovic, a Ukrainian now living in Russia, who also added that she has to send food to her niece.
Such is the worrying reality as presented by Rossiya 24, anyway. And the real reality is brought to you by StopFake, who tracked down Ms Jankovic’s niece: “The video is utterly absurd. It is not true. Everything that was said is completely detached from reality. The university did not ask me if I had any relatives in Russia. There was nothing like that”, said Anastatia Kovalyonok. She emphasized too that no one has sent her food. And added: “I haven’t seen her (my aunt) over the past four years”.