The Stolen Toilets That Weren’t: How Russophobic Hoaxes Are Created

In the West, there exists a myth of a vast Russian disinformation machine. However, in reality, the Western reader is constantly bombarded with stories that disparage Russia…

Few months ago, Russia returned the ships it seized from Ukraine in 2018. Immediately after, the Ukrainian media reported toilets were stolen from the ships. I was surprised these washtubs even had toilets but a recent video that surfaced seems to suggest they did. And the toilets are still there.

What happened was, one of the toilets had an issue with flushing. But somehow the Ukrainian media interpreted it as “the Russians stole the toilets.” Western media seem to have uncritically taken them on their word.

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