Disinfo: US Russophobia driven by US internal political processes

Summary

The demonisation of Russia, which is growing, is not connected with Russia as such, it is connected with internal political processes in the United States.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Western belligerence towards Russia and specifically US Russophobia, aimed at attempting to weaken and isolate Russia.

Negative attitudes towards Russia are not simply driven by malicious "Russophobia", as pro-Kremlin media and officials often say, but often derive from assessments of the Kremlin's own policies.

The US sanctions that have been imposed on Russia are a response on Russia’s illegal actions, specifically the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the war in Donbas that continues until today. The Special Council investigation concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 US Presidential election. This led to US senators' proposals to extend sanctions on Russia to deter it from further election meddling.

See similar pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives alleging that aggression towards Russia derives from American culture and that Washington is likely to launch a war against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Bolshaya Igra @Pervyi Kanal (44:30-44:45), Ria.ru, Moskovskyi Komsomolets, Sputnik Lithuania, Life.ru, Izvestiya, Lenta.ru
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For its fiftieth anniversary, NATO became an offensive organisation

A new strategy was adopted for the NATO’s fiftieth anniversary and a new phase began – NATO was transformed from a defensive player into an offensive one and expansion toward (south)east became indisputable.


                            
Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to global peace because it has an aggressive agenda. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states.

This disinformation message also exploits the narrative about NATO enlargement with an aim to encircle Russia. NATO does not "expand" in the imperialistic sense described by pro-Kremlin media. Rather, it considers the applications of candidate countries who want to join the alliance based on their own national will. As such, NATO enlargement is not directed against Russia.

WADA decision against Russia is an unfounded punishment

[The recommendations of] the International Anti-Doping Agency “Wada” [are] a cruel and unfounded punishment for old problems that Russia was already punished for.
The agency denied a whole generation [from participating] as a result of old mistakes by some individuals.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes.

The unanimous decision by WADA's Executive Committee was made after Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was declared uncompliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and in all countries.

Russophobia is one of the major tendencies in American political life

Accusations of the US Democrats that Trump is helping Russia to be great (instead of the US) are directed against Trump in the context of the upcoming elections, and at the same time against Russia, because Russophobia is one of the major tendencies in American political life.

Disproof

No evidence given; this is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Western belligerence towards Russia and specifically US Russophobia, aimed at attempting to weaken and isolate Russia.

Negative attitudes towards Russia are not simply driven by malicious "Russophobia", as pro-Kremlin media and officials often say, but often derive from assessments of the Kremlin's own policies.