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The US presidential election has predictably dominated world news this week. The protracted tally of the votes; the incumbent president’s persistent refusal to concede, the legal battles – all excellent material for reporting – and for disinformation. While most world leaders and professional and reputable international media have identified Joe Biden as President-elect, the Kremlin and its media continue supporting claims on election fraud. Of 74 cases this week, 21 were devoted to the US elections.

Russian state TV declares, entirely without foundation, that 1.8 million dead voters took part in the election. And it’s not even Halloween! Russian state radio notes that the US cannot be called a democracy and that the trade union of US mail employees supported Joe Biden and were hence prone to falsifying votes delivered by mail. RT openly suggest the entire process was “rigged”. Of course, George Soros, a perennial Kremlin bogeyman, stands behind what is described as a colour revolution and the dirtiest elections in history. Not US history, but history.

A Clever Plan

All the above-mentioned claims on the US elections have been carefully scrutinised and debunked. The US legal system is handling a number of cases on alleged inconsistencies in the voting system and technical flaws and mistakes that are to be addressed. International observers from the OSCE have described the election as “competitive and well managed despite legal uncertainties and logistical challenges”. Recounts, court appeals – all are normal procedures within the established US electoral system. A timeline of the process can be found here.

The loud claims in pro-Kremlin media about zombie voters and rigged processes will eventually create a problem for the Russian leadership: if even the state media questions the very integrity of the US election – and by default the legitimacy of the next president, who will take an oath in January – with whom will Russian leaders work?

But, in the parallel universe of pro-Kremlin media, everything might be a clever plan by the incumbent president. All fakes will be disclosed and the Biden team will be caught cheating, red handed, and Donald Trump triumphantly installed for a second term as president.

The Really Important Election

The US election process is dramatic and complicated, but for the Kremlin the stakes are even higher in elections in the neighbourhood: like in Moldova, where incumbent President Igor Dodon and challenger Maia Sandu will face each other in a second round of the election. Ms. Sandu’s victory in the first round is described as a result of Western falsification. Corruption, social issues, health care, education – no matter the priorities of the actual voters, for the Kremlin media the only relevant question in an election is loyalty or disloyalty to Russia.

This is mirrored in the pro-Kremlin media’s reporting on the Nagorno Karabakh issue: disloyalty to the Kremlin is a deadly sin. Armenia dared to attempt an independent policy. Now, Margarita Simonyan, the head of state-owned RT and Sputnik blames the people of Armenia for the war:

The citizens of Armenia can criticise no one but themselves. For electing to power a traitor who created preconditions for the war after falling out with the only historical ally of the Armenian people. Where is his Soros now? The US State Department? Pentagon, Macron or whoever?

Ms. Simonyan’s statement correspondents with a trope on “Globalists” behind the war in Nagorno Karabakh and Russia as the real victim in the war. This perspective is repeated virtually anytime pro-Kremlin outlets report on news: the protests in Belarus are a scheme against Russia, with the US and the West plotting a colour revolution. The poisoning of Alexei Navalny is a plan to stop Russia’s Nord Stream 2 energy project; and the protests in Kyrgyzstan are, of course, another scheme against Russia’s interests in Central Asia.

Almost twenty of this week’s cases are devoted to Ukraine. This is much in line with the pro-Kremlin media’s general obsession with the war in Ukraine actually being a scheme against Russia. In the five years of the EUvsDisinfo database, roughly a third of all cases have been about Ukraine. There is a Ukrainian spin to all three above-mentioned topics: President-elect Joe Biden is responsible for war crimes in Ukraine; Ukraine is planning an attack on the Moldovan break-away territory of Transnistria and the Azerbaijani blitz against Nagorno Karabach is inspiring Ukraine to take similar actions against Donbass and Crimea.

Other topics this week:


related disinfo cases

Date
Title
Outlets
Country
12.11.2020
  • albawaba.com,
  • alerfannews.com,
  • almarsad.co,
  • almehwartoday.com,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • alwatanonline.com,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • arabipress,
  • athabat.net,
  • copts-united.com,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • hdhod.com,
  • hebronlive.ps,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • keynews.ps,
  • mail.lomazoma.com,
  • mangish.net,
  • msarnews.com,
  • newpal.ps,
  • raialyoum.com,
  • rtarab.com,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • sahafah24,
  • Sahafaty,
  • scoopinfo.net,
  • shamra,
  • sns.sy,
  • syrcomparty.com,
  • watira.com
UK, Syria, Germany, Russia
09.11.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
US
09.11.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic
Ukraine, Russia
09.11.2020
  • newsua.ru
Turkey, Ukraine, Russia
09.11.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • opinyatimes.com,
  • syrianownews.com,
  • Alnassr News,
  • tunisia-sat.com,
  • Global News
Syria, Russia
09.11.2020
  • RIAFAN - Arabic
US
09.11.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania
US, Russia
09.11.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
US
09.11.2020
  • Baltnews Estonia
Estonia
08.11.2020
  • zavtra.ru
US
08.11.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US
08.11.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US
08.11.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US
07.11.2020
  • aljaml.com,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • dnn-sy.net,
  • e3rfsport.com,
  • elfagrsport.com,
  • Gulf 365,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • sahafah24,
  • shaamtimes
EU, US
07.11.2020
  • aljaml.com,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • dnn-sy.net,
  • e3rfsport.com,
  • elfagrsport.com,
  • Gulf 365,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • sahafah24,
  • shaamtimes
Syria
07.11.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • RT France - Facebook,
  • RT France - Twitter
US
07.11.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • Facebook resource,
  • RT France - Twitter
US
06.11.2020
  • vz.ru
Russia, Latvia
06.11.2020
  • alerfannews.com,
  • alhadath.ps,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • bokra.net,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • kol-masr.com
US, Russia
06.11.2020
  • RIAFAN - Russian
US, Ukraine
06.11.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • kachaf.com,
  • gerasanews.com,
  • Arabnews 24,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • kol-masr.com
US
06.11.2020
  • 24fm.ps,
  • addiyar.com,
  • al-vefagh.ir,
  • alaan.co,
  • albawaba.com,
  • albawabhnews.com,
  • alerfannews.com,
  • almarsad.co,
  • alrray.org,
  • alvefaghonline.ir,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • Arabnews 24,
  • arabradar.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • hura.news,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnewspaper.net,
  • jabalchannel.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lebanon.shafaqna.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • manber.ch,
  • nabd.com,
  • nile.eg,
  • orobanews.com,
  • m.panet.co.il,
  • realitynews.news,
  • rtarab.com,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • sada-ar.com,
  • sahafah24,
  • sahafah24,
  • sampress.net,
  • shezarpress.com,
  • syria.news,
  • The Nation Press Arab,
  • watira.com,
  • yemenvibe.com
Syria
06.11.2020
  • Naspravdi.info
US, Ukraine
06.11.2020
  • Sputnik Greece
Russia
06.11.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, US
06.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
US
06.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
US
06.11.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • Facebook resource,
  • RT France
Russia
06.11.2020
  • RT Russia
US
06.11.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
US
05.11.2020
  • nahnews.org
UK, Ukraine
05.11.2020
  • akhbarak.net,
  • alaan.co,
  • alaraby-media.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • almanar-tv.com,
  • almanar.com.lb,
  • almanartv.com.lb,
  • almarsad.co,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • Arabnews 24,
  • awjaz.com,
  • bawabaa.org,
  • dostor.org,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • manartv.com.lb,
  • nabd.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • rtarab.com,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • Sahafah 24,
  • sahafah24,
  • Theworldnews.net,
  • wakalaagency.com
Ukraine, Russia
05.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
US
05.11.2020
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
US
05.11.2020
  • Moldavskie Vedomosti
EU, Romania, Moldova
05.11.2020
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
US
05.11.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
Italy, UK, Ukraine
05.11.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
UK, Germany, US, Ukraine, Russia
04.11.2020
  • Baltnews Lithuania
Lithuania
04.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
US
04.11.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, US, Russia
04.11.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
US
04.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Yugoslavia, Armenia, Ukraine
04.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
Russia
04.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
US
04.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
Baltic states, Ukraine
04.11.2020
  • Komsomolskaya Pravda - Moldova
Moldova, US
04.11.2020
  • politnavigator.net,
  • sevastopol.su,
  • newsua.ru
Ukraine, Russia
04.11.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
US
04.11.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia
03.11.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • newsformy.com,
  • dmcnews.org
Ukraine, Russia
03.11.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Poland, Georgia, Belarus, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
03.11.2020
  • Alalam TV,
  • alarabi.press,
  • albaosala.net,
  • albaosala.net,
  • alnahdanews.com,
  • alyemennews.com,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • ar.shafaqna.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • sadadahie.com,
  • sana.sy,
  • tabnak.ir
US
03.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
France, US
03.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
US
03.11.2020
  • Moldavskie Vedomosti
EU, Moldova, US
02.11.2020
  • novoross.info
US, Ukraine
02.11.2020
  • ytro.ru
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine
02.11.2020
  • Sputnik Czech
Czech Republic, Russia
02.11.2020
  • News Front - Georgian
Georgia, US
30.10.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
EU, US, Russia
29.10.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia
29.10.2020
Poland, Germany, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
29.10.2020
  • observateurcontinental.fr
France
28.10.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia
28.10.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • New Hub,
  • newsformy.com,
  • Klyoum.com
Syria, Germany, US, Russia
28.10.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Moldova, Belarus
27.10.2020
  • oroszhirek.hu
US, Russia
27.10.2020
  • Georgia and the World
Georgia
26.10.2020
  • eadaily.com
UK, Turkey, Russia
22.10.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
21.10.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Russia
21.10.2020
  • Sputnik Azerbaijan
Germany
20.10.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • newsformy.com,
  • New Hub,
  • klivehub.com
UK
20.10.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • newsformy.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • news.albraq-news.com,
  • etleboro.org
Ukraine, Russia
19.10.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Turkey