According to the Russian diplomatic service, the head of the Government was attributed on social networks the false quote that “many fewer people die in Ukraine than those who die daily in Russia by their own death.”
The denial was posted on the new website The War Against Fakes (https://waronfakes.com), deployed by the Moscow Foreign Ministry in English, French, Spanish and Chinese to combat the manipulation of facts about the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry pointed out that the chief executive did not and could not make such statements, which is confirmed by the fact that none of the official government accounts have this statement, nor is it in the Russian public media.
He indicated that the false nature of the news is confirmed by the fact that this quote is distributed only from suspicious accounts.
“The attached screenshots show that they belong to foreign users, very similar to bots, and on Twitter, which practically does not work on the territory of the Russian Federation, but in Ukraine it is freely accessible,” he said.
He also stressed that in the comments of the bots there are no links to official sources, nor audio or video recordings where Mishustin appears saying such words.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, denounced that an informative terrorism plagued by millions of false news that his authorities are constantly denying was launched against his country.
In an interview for the Al Jazeera television channel, published last Wednesday, the senior official stressed that this had reached such a point that the official website of the Foreign Ministry on the Internet opened a special section that shows the truth based on facts.
On March 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a law criminalizing the dissemination of false information about the Russian Armed Forces.
According to the official legal information portal of the Russian Government, the country’s Criminal Code now includes article 207.3, “Public dissemination of deliberately false information about the functions of the Russian Armed Forces.”
The State Duma (Lower House) and the Council of the Federation (Senate) of Russia unanimously voted the text that establishes prison sentences of up to three years or a fine of up to 1.5 million rubles (14 thousand 340 of dollars). Likewise, spreading false information using the official position or for profit will be punished with a sentence of five to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to 5 million rubles (44 thousand 700 dollars).
According to the legislation, if the false information entails serious consequences, the penalty can be between 10 and up to 15 years in prison.