The notion of “Russian influence” in the US is an absurd conspiracy theory

Summary

The notion that Russia “controls” the US is absurd. That this conspiracy theory has taken root in the US says a lot about the public’s grip on reality.

With the help of the corporate media, Americans are beginning to see “Russian influence” behind anything that seems to oppose mainstream US foreign and domestic policy. Some polls have claimed that as many as 56% in America believe Russia meddled in the 2016 elections despite a subsequent investigation spanning over 2 years failing to produce any evidence of such meddling.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Robert Mueller's investigation did conclude that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Mueller's report determined that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election". It led to US senators' proposals to extend sanctions on Russia to deter it from further election meddling.

The claim that the report provides no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion is spurious. Gathering evidence of "collusion" - which is not a legal concept - fell outside the scope of the investigation. The aim of the probe was not merely to ascertain contacts between the Trump Campaign and Russia-linked individuals during the election period, but to establish whether these interactions were deliberate enough on the part of Trump Campaign officials to sustain charges of conspiracy (p. 2).

The report explicitly identifies "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign" (p. 9).

Find more disinformation cases on this issue here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US, United States
  • Keywords: election meddling, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: New Eastern Outlook
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George Soros: Europe will win even if no ashes remain from Ukraine – Nobody cares about the Ukrainians

Quote by George Soros: “Europe will win even if no ashes remain from Ukraine. Nobody cares about the Ukrainians’ existence. They should take care of their own welfare.

Disproof

Not an actual quote, but a recurrent pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory on George Soros. See the EUvsDisinfo article "The All-Powerful Mr. Soros" for more details.

The quote that was attributed to George Soros was actually made by Alexander Zapolskis, a political commentator for a pro-Kremlin media outlet. In the article published by regnum.ru, Zapolskis cited German magazine Cicero’s interview with Soros, which does not contain any such comment, as the source of the quotation. In the article, Alexander Zapolskis voices his own assessments and expectations about the role of the West in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. In his opinion, in order for Europe to maintain the global economic leadership, Ukraine should fight for a long time; the author supposes that nobody cares about the Ukrainians’ fate. Europe will only win if Ukraine is razed to the ground, Russia will have to restore Ukraine, because it is part of Russia rather than Europe.

Russia gave Crimea to Ukraine in the 80-90s

Russia has always given everything to Ukraine, even that which it should not have. The Kremlin transferred Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine in the years 80-90s.

Disproof

This is a systematic narrative of propaganda that Crimea has always historically belonged to Russia.

The transfer of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine was first officially agreed on 25 January 1954 at a meeting of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee. The members of the Presidium, voting for the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, took into account objective reasons: “the commonality of the economy, territorial proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR.” On 19 February 1954, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR confirmed the need for Crimea to join Soviet Ukraine. Legally, the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine ended on 26 April 1954, on the basis of the relevant law of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Moving towards the West is the end of the Belarusian statehood

Nationalism in Belarus has only one direction – Polonisation. The next stage of every nationalist [in Belarus] is a desire to move towards the West. And this is the end of the Belarusian statehood.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the threat of the West for Belarusian independence and national development. Belarus cooperates with the Western countries, including Europe and the United States and Canada on multiple levels. The relations with the Western democracies named among the biggest priorities by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

The assistance given by the EU to Belarus is aimed to improve the living standard of Belarusian citizens in a tangible and visible manner. Find out more about the EU's assistance to Belarus here.