Disinfo: EU sanctions on “Russian disinformation” aim to strangle democratic debate

Summary

The EU’s proposed sanctions on what they call Russian/Chinese “disinformation” seek to strangle the democratic debate, not protect it. Years of the ‘Russiagate’ hysteria fueled by the Atlantic establishment have reached their logical end point, with unelected bureaucrats in Brussels reportedly seeking to sanction “disinformation” in the name of protecting democracy. The field of “countering Kremlin disinformation” has been an incredibly lucrative cottage industry within NATO since the 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine and the resulting hysteria over “Russian aggression.” After the 2016 US elections and the finally debunked “Russiagate” conspiracy theory, again to no avail, funding skyrocketed. All of this is being done in the name of protecting the “democratic debate,” of course. irony of ironies, by prohibiting anything that deviates beyond the shrinking perimeter of discourse defined by established powers.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, aiming to deny any wrongdoing by Russia by accusing those attempting to counter its disinformation of “limiting freedom of expression” or pursuing their own economic interests. No evidence is provided to support any of the multiple affirmations.

Contrary to these claims, Russia’s interference campaigns in Europe and the US through disinformation and other means have been widely proven and documented. Russia’s meddling in the US election in 2016 is not a “debunked conspiracy theory”; instead, a huge set of evidence was gathered and made public by special counsel Robert Mueller and by a 5-volume series of reports by the Intelligence Committee of the US Senate. Similar inquiries have been carried out and served to document Russian efforts to interfere in UK, France and Germany, among other countries. The European Democracy Action Plan proposes improving the existing EU's toolbox for countering this foreign interference, including new instruments that allow imposing costs on perpetrators.

See other examples of disinformation narratives about this subject, such as allegations that neither the US Intelligence Committee report nor the Mueller report found any evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, that there is no proof that Russia tried to influence the Brexit referendum or about the role played by RT and Sputnik in these and other processes, that “absurd” accusations against Russia are an attempt to demonise it, or that the US and UK are indeed the ones who try to interfere in Europe.

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  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, European Union, Freedom of speech, Sanctions, NATO
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There are 15 biological laboratories and 2 research institutes dealing with biological weapons in Ukraine. This information was obtained thanks to the confusion at the US Embassy in Ukraine at the time of the departure of Marie Yovanovich from her post. The embassy’s website contains classified information about Ukrainian biological laboratories.

There is a lot unclear in this issue: there are no laboratories, but they are there. More precisely, they exist on American money and carry out research within the framework of the Pentagon programmes, but “this is different”. In Georgia it was the same – most of the experimental “rabbits” died from experiments. And the residents of the area where the biolaboratory of the Lugar Center is located cannot now boast of excellent health.

The information about the COVID-19 epidemic is strictly classified in Ukraine. The main reason is the transcendent number of Pentagon biological laboratories that are involved in this epidemic.

Wuhan, where the first case of COVID-19 infection was allegedly detected exactly a year ago, is also the proud owner of an American biolaboratory on its territory. In China, strict quarantine measures were taken, so COVID-19 could not spread so rapidly around the world. But given the fact that these viruses were produced in Kharkov, one can explain the lightning-fast spread of the disease in Spain and Italy – countries where there are traditionally many Ukrainian migrant workers.

Disproof

This article is a mixture of disinfo claims about coronavirus and "secret" US laboratories in Georgia and Ukraine.

It starts by claiming that secret data about Ukrainian biological laboratories appeared on the official website of US embassy in Ukraine. Actually this data is not and was not secret. In April 2020, the official website of US embassy in Ukraine published its response regarding disinformation on the strong U.S.-Ukrainian partnership to reduce biological threats (available in English and Ukrainian).

NATO uses Ukraine as a bridgehead for intelligence against Russia

NATO uses Ukraine as a bridgehead for intelligence against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO and aggressive West, allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile anti-Russian agenda.

No evidence given of NATO using Ukraine for intelligence against Russia. Relations between NATO and Ukraine date back to the early 1990s and have since developed into one of the most substantial of NATO’s partnerships. Since 2014, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, cooperation has been intensified in critical areas.

Germany has no evidence that Navalny was poisoned

Berlin did not rely on any evidence when claiming that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, prompting Moscow to describe the incident as a charade designed to justify the imposition of new sanctions on it.

Moscow says it cannot investigate the Navalny accident in the absence of data from Germany.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative surrounding the poisoning of a prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. Initially hospitalised in Omsk, at the request of his family he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin, where clinical findings indicated that he was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.