Archive for March 18th, 2014

18/03/2014

Russian propaganda about cultural property crime in Ukraine is absurdly obviously fake

At the same time as the Yanukovych regime’s cultural property crimes are being exposed, (pro-)Russian activists are mirroring them with propaganda that accuses the resistance of equivalent crimes (in this case, corruption and illicit export) and sins (unpatriotic behaviour).

The ‘absurdity [Абсурдность]’ of the ‘fake [фейк]’ news is ‘obvious [очевидной]’. But it can be convincing to people who do not have and have never had reliable access to reliable information. And it can be convenient to locals and outsiders who want to promote their favoured political-historical narratives. So it is important to disprove it.

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18/03/2014

The Yanukovych regime’s collection(s) of stolen art: where are the pieces from?

As I reported last month, illicit antiquities were found in the presidential residence of Viktor Yanukovych, Mezhyhirya, and in the attorney-general’s house. When cultural heritage workers inspected Yanukovych’s domestic collection (домашней коллекции Януковича), they also found ‘rare paintings that [had been] stolen from museums [редчайшие картины, которые были похищены в музеях]’ (video).

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