Disinfo: George Soros contributed to the evolution of American chaos

Summary

George Soros helped unleash American chaos. Soros sets America on fire to overthrow Trump. The role of George Soros in the social chaos unleashed on the streets of America is being investigated.

Disproof

This text is a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative promoting the idea that the racial justice protests in the US are being supported by George Soros. There is no evidence to prove that the protests in the US broke out through “top-down mobilisation,” or that someone is financing the protests.

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on the 25 May 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US.

See other texts of pro-Kremlin disinformation on the US racial justice protests in our database, such as claims that the US riots are a Maidan-style plot to oust Trump; that the US is suffering from a colour revolution it used to support abroad.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Romanian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, George Soros

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Democrats are trying to destroy Trump and incite a civil war

American radicals encourage black people to fight for privileges so that they oppose equal opportunities and argue against the equality of all before the law.

The Democrats are trying to direct these sentiments against Trump in order to dump him. Dumping Trump is more important to them than saving the country. Now a little more than a third of the potential participants in the US elections, and these are the most active and conscious, believe that in the next five years, America will survive another civil war. 34%, according to the credible pollster Rasmussen.

Disproof

The statement that "moreover, the Democrats are trying to direct these sentiments against Trump", because "dumping Trump is more important to them than saving the country" is a conspiracy. The disinformation report pretends  that "radicals" (in plural) encourage black people to commit violence: only one controversial opinion is quoted to support this claim and no supportive evidence on democrats supporting violence is given at all.

As for high expectations of another Civil War, the pollster Rassmussenreport is quoted by Vesti Nedeli as "credible" in that respect. But in the US, this pollster is considered as a right-wing polling company. "Rasmussen Reports uses research techniques that make its polls favour Republicans", Ipsos Public Affairs research director Mallory Newall said. 

US intelligence involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan US intelligence has set up a network for illegal fund-raising through drug trafficking, extortion of guerrilla fighters for the passage of vehicles, and kickbacks on military contracts. Perhaps US spies are unhappy that Russian and US diplomats are jointly promoting talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.  Such negotiations threaten to put an end to this illegal fund-raising network.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The article provides no evidence to support its accusations that US intelligence is engaged in drug trafficking or other illicit fund-raising operations in Afghanistan.

The article’s message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Afghanistan that seek to discredit the military and intelligence presence of the US and  its allies in the country. For example, pro-Kremlin media have claimed that former Afghan president Hamid Karzai called Russia to liberate his nation from US occupation; that the West and the US are ferrying Islamic State members to Afghanistan to use them against China, as part of a so-called “Anaconda ring”; or that NATO is denying the presence of terrorists in the country but the FSB has evidence of it.

None of the JIT’s evidence is valid, all accusations are based on some articles in the media

In the trial of the flight MH17, the entire case against the Joint Investigation Team is drawn from digital media, from media in general because there is not a single piece of evidence that could used legally.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigated the case, collected evidence and reached clear conclusions: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The fact that other investigators from the media and society also found evidence and uncovered the responsibilities of different persons in the chain of command that led to the tragedy, doesn't imply that the JIT didn't work or that none of the evidence is valid.