Disinfo: Europe shows double standards in criticism of Russian and Ukrainian elections

Summary

European circles consider that if Putin wins in Russia with such a [high] score, it is a threat to democracy, that it is an authoritarian regime, that there is a falsification in vote counting. But when a candidate wins with such a score in a country that matches the interests of the United States and Europe, everyone finds it normal. Macron has invented an explanation of style: do not compare, the system in your state is different. Everything is transparent. Everything is perfect. It’s two weights, two measures.

Disproof

The best known intergovernmental election observations body, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has several criteria of transparency of the elections. The election day and the final result is only one of them. For example, the equal access to the media is monitored by the long-term observation mission. According to these criteria, in its preliminary findings OSCE resumes: "The 2019 presidential election in Ukraine was competitive and held with respect for fundamental freedoms. The orderly transfer of power should offer the opportunity for strengthening democratic institutions and their accountability, although the campaign for both rounds lacked genuine discussion of issues of public concern".

As for Russia, OSCE concluded that “the 18 March 2018 presidential election took place in an overly controlled legal and political environment marked by continued pressure on critical voices, while the CEC administered the election efficiently and openly".

No evidence given that Ukraine "matches the American and European interest". It is a recurring disinformation narrative - see previous examples here, here, here and here.

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Manipulated elections/referendum, Vladimir Putin, Elections, Europe
  • Outlet: Russia Today France
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New investigation confirms that Douma’s chemical attack’s evidence was staged

Douma residents in Syria and dozens of White Helmets confirmed the false nature of the chemical attack of 7 April 2018.  OPCW presented dubious witnesses, the autopsy of the bodies of victims of an alleged chemical attack was not made, the names of specialists cited were not given, they failed or identify the dead , nor to estimate the number of dead persons. 40 members of the White Helmets explained how they falsified the scenes for Center of the Studying of Democracy problems.

This is not the first time that elements concerning special effects videos of chemical attacks in Syria appear. Thus, on February 13, the BBC’s producer in charge of Syria, Riam Dalati, said that footage shot in a hospital after the April 7, 2018 chemical attack in Douma was staged.

Disproof

No evidence given.

The "study" making these allegations is a PowerPoint presentation created by the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, which the report presents as an independent organization. The Foundation is in fact a Russia-based GONGO (government-organized NGO) (p.28) and forms part of the so-called Civic Chamber, established in 2005 to simulate state engagement with civil society.

Macron interferes in Ukraine in favour of fascists

President Macron is always explaining to other people how they should behave. He is installing a new president in Venezuela, he would like to overthrow the Syrian president, he is interfering in Ukraine in favour of the fascists whom he denounces at home.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western interference in Ukrainian politics. See other cases here, here, here, and here.

See more disinformation cases about "Nazist influences in Ukraine". Volodymyr Zelensky who recently won Ukraine's presidential election with a landslide is of Jewish ancestry.

No proof of Russian meddling in the elections anywhere

The charges of Russian interference are numerous: they concern the French election, the Brexit referendum; Russia is also accused of being behind the movement of yellow vests in France and of supporting Matteo Salvini’s North League (Lega Nord). First, there is no Russian interference. The accusations come from some environments who have an interest in developing a new cold war. In France no single proof was found. Nowhere else either.

[The same claims] were evoked in Germany, but after that a major magazine in Germany asked “But, where are the Russians?”. Because the election was over and there was no interference. The German secret services stated that they hadn’t found anything. But it stays in the mindset after the media campaign. It is a fantasy that came from the United States and was married by pro-American elites throughout Europe.

 

Disproof

No evidence given that the accusations come "from some environments who have an interest in developing a new cold war."

The attempts of Russian election meddling are already well documented. Investigations were conducted by the authorities of the countries, Parliament's committee (UK) , as well as by journalists. Thus, in the US, 126 millions of users were reached by Russia-linked users, 29 millions from them have seen the content "directly".