Disinfo: A civil war in the US is imminent

Summary

The south-west of the United States of America is increasingly moving away from the rest of the country according to two important criteria on the basis of which the United States is split into irreconcilable camps, which are the criterion of race, and the division between traditional capitalism and socialism, which are rifts that grow every year.

Each of these two factors separately is a sufficient cause for a civil war.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about an imminent collapse or civil war in the United States.

This message has been intensified in the context of the recent racial justice protests in the US and the 2020 Presidential elections.

Despite high polarisation in the country, the unrest is not a civil war.

Predictions about a US civil war or state collapse in the US have been a common pro-Kremlin narrative since the fall of the Soviet Union. One of the most popular theories was devised by Igor Panarin - a former Soviet KGB and Russian intelligence officer, a political science professor and author of influential studies on information warfare - who declared in 1998 that the United States would disintegrate into six nations around 2010.

Read previous cases claiming that massive fraud has taken place in the presidential elections, or that civil war is imminent in radically-divided American society, or that Biden is already talking about a coup, or that the American democratic party is organizing a civil war, and that civil war shall be a political game to prevent [Donald] Trump from being re-elected.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, US racial justice protests, Civil war, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Conspiracy theory

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

This is part of a disinformation campaign launched after approval of the Sputnik V vaccine was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country.

No evidence is provided to support the claim that some "Ukrainian Information and psychological operations groups" work for Great Britain in order to discredit Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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