Disinfo: Accusations against Russia aim to “demonise” it

Summary

Russia, unlike Washington and its allies, has not interfered and is not going to interfere in the internal affairs of either the EU or other countries of the world.

The accusations of the US and the EU against Russia are absurd and unsubstantiated. Despite suspicions about the “Russian interference” in the US presidential election, the Americans could not find concrete evidence. The sanctions against Moscow imposed because of these accusations still remain in force.

The main purpose of these accusations is to “demonise” Russia in the eyes of Europeans.

Disproof

Attempts of election meddling by Russia are already well documented. Investigations were conducted by the authorities of various countries, for example, Parliament's committee (UK). Numerous investigations have provided convincing evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum and in elections across Europe and in the US. Thus, in the US, 126 million people were reached on social media by Russia-linked users, 29 million of them have seen the content "directly". See more information here, here and here.

Russian meddling in the 2016 election was established by US intelligence agencies before the publication of the Mueller report. Robert Mueller’s investigation decisively concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Specifically, Mueller's report declared that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election", where the first one is the Internet Research Agency's disinformation campaign and social media operations to disrupt the election, and the second one is the Russian government's hacking operations against the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organisations. The findings of the Mueller investigation have led to US senators' proposals to extend sanctions on Russia to deter further election meddling attempts. For a similar case see here. Other cases about Russia's interference can be consulted here.

Ahead of the European elections 2019, Microsoft registered cyberattacks targeting think tanks and non-profit organisations working on topics related to democracy, electoral integrity, and public policy, that are often in contact with government officials. Microsoft continues to investigate the source of these attacks but is confident that many of them originated from a group called Strontium, also known as APT 28 or Fancy Bear – which is believed to be associated with Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU. Read more here. Furthermore, the report on the implementation of the Action Plan Against Disinformation made clear that "the evidence collected revealed a continued and sustained disinformation activity by Russian sources aiming to suppress turnout and influence voter preferences”.

An overview of Russia's methods of electoral interference is here, and case studies are available here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, EU, Robert Mueller, Sanctions, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the United States shape foreign policy of the European countries and push them to conflict with Russia – see examples here for Poland, here for the EU and here for Germany.

The statement that the United States controls the Polish elites and political decision-making process is a conspiracy theory. Poland is a sovereign state, which forms its own foreign and domestic policies. As a member of NATO and the EU, Poland is able to impact the formation of common foreign policies of these organisations.

Donald Tusk implements the German vision of the European Union

It is not a secret that the President of the European Council Donald Tusk implements the German concept of the European Union.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s narrative about the undemocratic EU – see examples here and here. Also, it promotes the idea that civil servants from smaller EU members do the bidding of the larger, older EU member states instead of being independent, impartial, objective and loyal – see example here.

It also misrepresents the role currently held by Donald Tusk, as President of the European Council. The President's role is to chair European Council meetings and drive forward its work, ensure the preparation of European Council meetings and the continuity of their work, help to facilitate cohesion and consensus within the European Council and present a report to the European Parliament after each European Council meeting. Decisions are taken by the representatives of the Member States who make up the Council together with the European Council President and the President of the European Commission and who, depending on the issue, take decisions by simple majority (15 member states vote in favour), qualified majority (55% of member states, representing at least 65% of the EU population, vote in favour) or unanimous voting (all votes are in favour).

Current US administration causes the emergence of new hot spots all over the world

The current administration of the United States has adventurous foreign policy – there is an increasing number of hot spots in the world: Venezuela, [North] Korea, Syria; now we have an unstable situation around Iran and establishment of US military facilities in Eastern Europe, close to Russian borders. This situation does not lead to peaceful coexistence – on the contrary, at some point in time, it may get out of control and we will switch from politics to military actions.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the hostile character of the US foreign policy (examples here and here) and its continuous attempts to destabilise the situation in countries refusing to accept the US leadership (examples here and here). All the above-mentioned hot spots have its origins mostly in the actions of authoritarian regimes of these countries.