Disinfo: Georgia is under the Western control

Summary

West made Georgia vote for drug addiction and torturersYou probably also remember how everyone yelled that Russia would interfere in these elections. Intervened? No. And the West? It is the Western ambassadors and Western observers who give legitimacy to Georgian elections (not the population of Georgia). And don’t say now no. They forced Georgians to rewrite the Constitution, laws and laid out an agenda for Georgia. And it’s fine if they force you to write percentages or confirm. Who will resist, who?!

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about lost sovereignty, about Western involvement in other countries' internal affairs, including elections. In this case, the narrative challenges Georgian statehood, claiming that Georgia is ruled by the West and cooperation with the Western institutions destroys the country's sovereignty.

There is no evidence of the US or any Western country's interference in the in country's internal affairs, including parliamentary elections in Georgia. Media Development Foundation's media monitoring results revealed that the narrative that the West is meddling in sovereign affairs of Georgia and virtually run the country, is one of the main trends of anti-Western propaganda and disinformation in the country.

See similar cases claiming that The Georgian election results are written in the US, that The US and the EU govern Georgia, that The West does not allow Georgia to conduct direct dialogue with Russia independently, that The West is forcing Georgia to propagate homosexuality, or that Georgia is governed by the US ambassador and the EU and that The death of Georgia’s statehood and Georgians as a nation is a matter of time.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: election meddling, West, Sovereignty, Elections

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Disproof

A conspiracy theory regarding the role of the West in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. There is no evidence that Western countries are trying to provoke citizens of both countries to be against the ceasefire agreement. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed the ceasefire agreement on 10 November 2020. According to the agreement, a Russian peacekeeping mission was allowed to come to Nagorna Karabakh. Some groups in both countries are against the Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno Karabakh because they consider that Russia is a threat for democracy in the region:

“Without information and consent of the people and the parliament, without any public discussion, without taking into account the opinion of the opposition and civil society, without any legal basis, the secret entry of the Russian peacekeeping contingent(to Nagorno Karabakh) at night is a serious threat to national interests and sharply contradicts the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan” says the National Council of Democratic Forces.

However, there is no proof that this attitude is provoked by some Western countries. See more disinformation about the role of Western states in the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia: The US Has Planned The Rise Of Tensions In Nagorno-Karabakh a Year Ago and The Conflict In Nagorno-Karabakh Is Induced by Western Intention.

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Syria.

Contrary to the claim, Syrian refugees don’t face any pressure to preventing them from returning. In many cases they decide not to do so out of fear of retaliation from the regime of Bashar Al Assad. Several media and civil society organisations documented cases of Syrian refugees returning to their country only to be arrested, forced into conscription in the army, and harassed by security forces.

After Nagorno Karabakh, foreign powers may try to destabilise Georgia

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory not backed by any evidence, promoting several recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives about popular protests as Western-led colour revolutions, foreign powers aiming to encircle Russia, and Moscow as the ultimate target of international events.

Contrary to the claim, popular protests in Armenia and Ukraine were not destabilisation attempts orchestrated from abroad, neither is the protest movement in Belarus. This disinformation article appeared amidst a series of demonstrations in Georgia against the results of the Parliamentarian election, won by the Georgian Dream Party considered friendlier to Russia than the other leading political formations but that the opposition claimed had been rigged. By framing these demonstrations as a foreign-backed colour revolution, this narrative aims to deprive those protests of any legitimacy.