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“The Information Checking Center” provides a summary of misinformation spread in the media.
- On November 1, the Azerbaijani media was actively spreading news claiming that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces allegedly killed Arayik Harutyunyan, the President of Artsakh. According to those news, the president was in a military convoy belonging to the Armenian Armed Forces, destroyed by the adversary.
This was denied by the press secretary of the President of Artsakh, Vahram Poghosyan. He reported that the President continues to fulfill his duties, adding that not only are the news about the death of the president fake, but so are those referring to the destruction of the military convoy.
- Citing sources in Moscow, the Telegram channel “Realist” had reported that two Russian border guards had died in Armenia. According to the channel, the border guards were killed due to Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression.
Referring to this information, the press service of the Russian consulate in Armenia reported that the news is false.
- Hikmet Hajiyev, the advisor to the President of Azerbaijan, shared the following Reuters news agency piece, “Despite Lebanon’s woes, Armenians spring to action for Nagorno-Karabakh”, on his Twitter microblog and claimed that it proves that there are foreign mercenaries and terrorists from Syria and Lebanon in the Armenian Armed Forces.
An examination of the article by the widely respected agency Reuters shows that there is no talk of mercenaries from Lebanon or Syria, nor of Kurdistan Workers’ Party terrorists in the article. The article merely refers to young people that came from Lebanon, which houses one of the biggest Armenian communities in the diaspora, and who voluntarily went to the front line. Thus, Hikmet Hajiyev has once again made false statements, this time by misrepresenting the content of the Reuters article.
- Today, on November 2, a false announcement by the National Security Service was spread, according to which two terrorist groups of special significance to Azerbaijan, consisting of 11 people, infiltrated into Armenian territory under the pretense of transporting good from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Referring to this information, the RA NSS Press Center reported that they have not made such a statement, while the page that spread that information has no links to the NSS.
Today the Azerbaijani media shared a video of the piercing of a SU-25 aircraft, claiming that it is an Armenian aircraft pierced by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
As a matter of fact, the video was shot by the Armenian Armed Forces. Further, Armenian conversations between the soldiers can be heard in the original video, which shows that the burning aircraft in the video belonged to the Azerbaijani Armed Forces and was pierced by the Armenian Armed Forces.