Fake IMF Letter Joins Ukraine Propaganda War – Real Time Economics

The propaganda war over Ukraine has a new addition: a fake letter by International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spurning the leader’s alleged request for more cash.

It has been posted by pro-Russian separatist sites such as E-News and NovoRussia.

But the letter is bogus, an IMF spokeswoman confirmed. At least one IMF expert called it out as such, noting its “pidgin English,” after it drew some attention, including on social media.

The motive for this piece of disinformation isn’t entirely clear, other than to besmirch Ukraine’s prime minister, the National Bank of Ukraine and the IMF, which is leading the international bailout.

An IMF spokeswoman confirmed this letter, circulating on websites and social media, is a fake.



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18 September 2014 | 8:57 pm – Source: blogs.wsj.com


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