Disinformation in Nezavisimoye Voennoye Obozreniye newspaper

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On December 27, 2019, the Nezavisimoye Voennoye Obozreniye newspaper published an article titled Shock is the Best Therapy, which cites an alleged statement by the Ministry that “the transition of the Crimean Peninsula to Russia took place under the UN Decolonisation Convention.”

The Ministry’s official position, which has been voiced many times, is that the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Crimea and its unification with the Russian Federation were a legitimate exercise of the right of the people of Crimea to self-determination following an armed coup in Ukraine with foreign support.

There is no such thing as the UN Decolonisation Convention. Back in 1960, the UN adopted the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. Of course, the UN mandate includes issues concerning decolonisation, but this has nothing to do with the Crimean story. There have been no statements from the Russian Foreign Ministry or any other official Russian sources that Crimea’s unification with Russia should be regarded in this context.

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