Disinfo: Anglo-Saxons are at the edge of anti-Russian attack, Germany is semi-occupied by the US

Summary

Some time ago the West created media in their contemporary understanding. Since then the freedom of speech and the free spread of information have turned into one of the West’s trump cards in its struggle against ideological and geopolitical opponents.

Anglo-Saxons remain at the edge of anti-Russian attack, they are its driving force. At the same time lately, Anglo-Saxons have been losing the support of their closet allies who prefer a more neutral approach to Russophobia. Currently, anti-Russian positions of leading German media run counter to the politics of German ruling establishment, which defends common projects with Russia and tries to get rid of the half-occupational dependency on the US. Extreme subordination and unequivocal loyalty of key German media outlets to Washington remain.

Disproof

This is a mix of recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about lost sovereignty / external control, Western Russophobia and anti-Russian activities, and conspiracy about US-controlled media in Europe. In the pro-Kremlin media, the term “Anglo-Saxons” means “evil”, “belligerent” and “morally corrupt” Westerners, as explained in our earlier analysis.

German media, like that in other pluralist democracies, represent a wide range of political opinions and do not have a single editorial policy for any country or topic. Nor they subordinate to Washington or any other foreign capital. Germany ranked 11th in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, higher than the US (45th) and Russia (149th).

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that German media portray Russia as an enemy, that the Russophobic Baltic States are beggars and vassals of the West, that the main activity of the Latvian state is the trade of Russophobia, and that coronavirus is an attempt by the Anglo-Saxons to control China.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Anglo-Saxon, US presence in Europe, Puppets, Media, Russophobia
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CIA occupies a whole floor at Security Service of Ukraine’s building

A good example is if you look at what happened in Ukraine. If we look at the presence of the CIA, in the framework as part of the staffing of the Security Service of Ukraine. They have a whole floor. Yes, they have a whole floor there.

Disproof

No evidence given. Such a claim on the CIA's floor at the SBU's building in Kyiv was made by the so-called DNR's figurehead Oleg Tsarev, reported by RIA Novosti in 2014, without any supportive evidence or further reporting. The narrative that Ukraine is under "external control" is recurrent. See other disinformation cases on the external rule of Ukraine, CIA's involvement in "a coup d'etat" and their debunking.

Latvian authorities blinded by Russophobia: there is no link between Dmitry Kiselyov and RT

Latvian National Media Council has confused two different legal entities: RT and Rossiya Segodnya MIA. Dmitri Kiselyov is the Managing Director of Rossiya Segodnya MIA. RT’s editor-in-chief is Margarita Simonyan, who is not subject to EU sanctions.

This decision is an indicator of the level of stupidity and ignorance of the Latvian authorities, blinded by Russophobia. We sincerely laughed at this announcement, the Latvian authorities are really shooting themselves in the foot. More seriously, this ban has no legal basis whatsoever, Latvia should resume broadcasting RT and apologise to our colleagues.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative against the Baltic states allegedly being Russophobic and acting irrationally against RT and Sputnik.

Latvia has banned the state-owned Russian television channel RT, saying it is controlled by an individual, Dmitriy Kiselyov, who is under EU sanctions. According to the Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), Latvia's national media watchdog, RT and the network of channels operated by it are under Kiselyov's "effective control".

The location of the NATO military base in Romania aims to discourage Russia

In fact, has anyone ever asked Romanians if they agreed for Romania to become a NATO military base? And beware – NOT any NATO base, but one to… discourage Russia!

Disproof

This is a recurring conspiracy narrative about NATO presence in Romania. The article develops pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West encircling Russia and an imperialistic US presence in Europe.

NATO is not a threat to Russia. NATO's official policy towards Russia was most recently articulated by the heads of state and government of the Alliance at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016. They stated that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest". NATO is not encircling Russia.