Disinfo: As a president, Joe Biden will continue the demonisation of Russia

Summary

Old Joe intends to continue the demonisation of Russia. That means that any mistake he makes can always be attributed to the creepy Moscow and insidious Putin.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Joe Biden, mixed with a narrative alleging that the US indulges in anti-Russian politics.

Joe Biden does not demonise Russia but points out the problems that exist between the two countries. He especially criticised the Kremlin's aggressive actions against Ukraine and called on Putin to end the occupation of Crimea. However, Joe Biden and Russia's current leadership have similar views on nuclear arms control. Joe Biden has already said that he would seek ways to extend the New START treaty for another five years.

See similar recent disinformation cases claiming that new American president will use Poland for the destabilisation of the post-Soviet countries, that NATO Secretary-General encourages Joe Biden to clash with Russia, that the US seeks to destabilise Russia and China and to provoke a Sino-Russian war, that the US and several EU capitals are trying to punish Russia for its independent foreign policy.

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  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Russophobia
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Crimea democratically voted for reunification with Russia

Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum was held there in March 2014. 96.77 per cent of Crimean voters and 95.6 per cent of Sevastopol residents were in favour of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The so-called referendum was organised under Russian illegal occupation without complying with neither the Ukrainian electoral code nor the Russian electoral code. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine). No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

US army seized a server in Germany, operated by Scytl, through which the elections were rigged

The Trump administration has already discovered that the server of the US electronic voting systems was located in Frankfurt, Germany. The US military has launched a special operation in Germany and seized a server through which the elections were rigged. A Spanish company, Scytl, which was serving the mentioned Dominion in Frankfurt, was funded by George Soros and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital with $40 million. One of the main shareholders of the company is Bill Gates. It was also revealed that the aforementioned company had a direct connection to the election headquarters of Joe Biden and the US Democratic Party.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US presidential election.

The false claims followed a Zoom call last week that featured Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, suggesting that “US Army forces” had seized servers from the Frankfurt office of the software company Scytl. In his recorded remarks, Gohmert said he had heard from “former intel people” that Scytl maintained data that could be “gleaned” to prove Republican votes had been changed to Democratic ones in the Nov. 3 election.

Europe is falling apart and only Russia can save it

Europe is falling apart and this process continues for a long time. Europe is falling apart because it has lost its spirit and people are afraid to discuss issues. Only Russia can bring the spirit back to Europe.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse.

There is no evidence to support the claim that the EU is falling apart. The EU's political institutions - the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the European External Action Service and others - are functioning. The leaders and governmental representatives of the EU member states have regular meetings to discuss different issues on a common agenda.