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Tatyana Zhdanok continues to spread Russian propaganda about Ukraine

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCo-Chairwoman of the Latvian Russians Union Tatyana Zhdanok continues to spread Russian propaganda about Ukraine.

In her interview to the Russian news service ITAR-TASS, Zhdanok told journalists about her ‘fight’ against Ukrainian national organization Right Sector. Zhdanok said this organization ‘employed weapons of mass destruction’ in the May 2nd tragedy in Odessa, which killed more than 40 people.

‘Activists of Right Sector had probably created conditions for a possible accidental use of weapons of mass destruction against unarmed civilians in the city of Odessa,’ – said Zhdanok.

The MEP also said she would do everything in her power to make sure Right Sector is included on the list of terrorist organizations. She also requested an ‘international investigation of the possible use of chemical weaponry against civilians in Odessa’.

Zhdanok had previously said that ‘43 supporters of Ukraine’s federalization were burned alive by Right Sector.’

As it is known, riots broke out in Odessa on May 2nd. Men armed with baseball bats and firearms had attacked participants of the demonstration for Ukraine’s unity. Ukrainian football fans are also reported to have had a part in violent clashes.

Participants of the demonstration had then decided to take shelter in a trade union building. However, according to some reports, the two sides had exchanged a volley of bottles filled with flammable liquids, which later resulted in a fire in the building. Dozens of people were killed as a result of that.

The total death toll is close to 50.

According to Ukrainian investigators, the fire also burned some kind of substance that released a gas that caused people to lose consciousness and die after a short period of time.

According to ITAR-TASS this substance was Chloroform.

Chief of Odessa police department was later dismissed for not having police forces intervene in the violent clashes.

According to numerous video and photo materials, the police did not, in fact, try to stop the violent clashes.

It should be noted that Zhdanok had previously requested the European Parliament to include the Ukrainian nationalist organization Right Sector to the list of terrorist organizations.

In her arguments, Zhdanok used more or less the same arguments used by Russian propaganda, saying that ‘official posts in the Ukrainian government are taken by radicals who have fascist views and who have exacted acts of violence against their opponents and law enforcement officers alike’.

Russia has launched a criminal case against the leader of Right Sector Dmitro Yarosh for his repeated and public calls to perform acts of terror. As justification for this case, Russian authorities point towards a call to help rebels in North Caucasus, which was posted on Right Sector’s website.

Representatives of Right Sector claim they had nothing to do with that. Furthermore, they claim their page on V Kontakte social network was hacked on March 1st and that the hackers are the ones responsible to posting that specific post.

In the eyes of Russian propaganda, Right Sector is a neo-nazi group. They are also believed to have committed several serious crimes.

American news agency AP notes international media organizations have not come across any proof of Right Sector activists’ part any crimes.


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  1. mike walsh says:

    Any comment not aligned with NATO stance is dismissed as pro-Russian propaganda. In terms of news coverage the Baltic States media is no better than the Soviet state media. Other than readers comments, to provide a thin veneer of ‘free speech’, I have yet to see a columnist or contributor in Baltic States media who is not slavishly pro-NATO. This is no coincidence, it is editorial policy.

    Former Communist, George Orwell summed it up perfectly well: “At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this or that or the other, but it is ‘not done.’ Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in highbrow periodicals.” – George Orwell.

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    • Estonian says:

      You Kremlin voice can spread your “truth” in your home country, if you don’t like anything in west civilization

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  2. Oddis says:

    Is this journalism? I read an article full of opinions, not facts.

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  3. Piotr says:

    Even the Moscow times has an article about Russian TV network showing video of the fighting in the Caucasus in 2012 and stating it is pro Russian people being killed in the Eastern Ukraine. Read it yourself :-

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