Disinfo: George Soros destabilized many European countries by funding NGOs

Summary

Funding NGOs explains how a man, who calls himself a “philanthropist” [George Soros], managed to destabilise many European countries through his organisations and used European judges committed to his cause.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives about the billionaire and the philanthropist George Soros, presenting him as a person who aims to control political systems in many countries and is involved in funding the US racial justice protests. The claim is made in the context of the Open Society Foundation's (funded by George Soros) announcement about the allocation of $ 220 million to the programmes promoting racial equality.

The Open Society Foundation, sponsored by George Soros, is a network of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance and human rights in different parts of the globe. The first international foundation was created in Hungary in 1984. Now, the Open Society Foundations support projects implemented by NGOs or state institutions in more than 120 countries.

Read here a similar case, claiming that George Soros finances protests aiming to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump, and here a case claiming the philanthropist finances organisations that deal with subversive activities.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: NGO, George Soros
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MH17 tribunal aimed at the previously established guilt of Russian officials

Alternative explanations for the MH17 disaster are reportedly not yet relevant to the trial, not for the prosecutors anyway, but hardly for the judges either. Everything seems to be geared towards the previously established guilt of Russian officials. The Dutch political scientist Kees van der Pijl, author of the book “The Shotdown – Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War” had warned against a “show trial” because of this line that had been made clear beforehand, which only wanted to prove the alleged Russian guilt. (…) The trial remains inconclusive and no real evidence of the defendants’ guilt and Russia’s alleged responsibility has yet been presented.

Disproof

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

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The team comprises officials from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.

There is no evidence that MH17 was shot by a Russian BUK missile

On 17 July 2014, a Boeing 777 passenger plane belonging to Malaysia Airlines crashed over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers of the aircraft with the identification MH17 were killed. The suspicion was quickly voiced that East Ukrainian rebels had shot down the aircraft with a BUK anti-aircraft missile. The missile is said to have come from Russia. There is still no legally binding evidence of this, but Dutch security authorities and international investigators are convinced of this version. On this basis, a criminal case against four defendants was started in Amsterdam at the beginning of March and is currently continuing with interruptions.

Disproof

One of the recurring disinformation narratives about the downing of the MH17 denying Russia's responsibility.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskiy in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system, with 1 missing missile, went back to the Russian Federation. On 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

Europe, in fact, is a colony of the United States

Europe, in fact, has become a colony of the United States. Both Germany and the EU as a whole need to defend their economic and political interests. The United States may lose control of Europe.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries. The message appears in the article in the context of Nord Stream 2.

The European Union is a sovereign entity, created by the voluntary initiative of European nations, and it has its own, independent foreign policy. Its citizens are directly represented in the European Parliament and Member States are represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. The United States of America is not part of these institutions. The US had no role in the creation of the EU and has no say in its decisions.