Disinfo: The Internet Research Agency, indicted in US for election meddling, does not exist

Summary

About the meddling. The IRA [Internet Research Agency] does not exist. These are all falsifications of the foreign intelligence services, made after the shameful defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential elections. After all, there is no association of people about which they speak. In Russia, this is called falsification.

Disproof

The OOO Internet Research Agency was established in St Petersburg on July 26, 2013 with a unique company's taxpayer number (Russian INN) 7805627478. On February 2, 2016, the IRA was indicted in the US. According to the indictment employees of IRA "knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (...) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016. (...) Defendants, posing as U.S. persons and creating false U.S. personas, operated social media pages and groups designed to attract U.S. audiences. These groups and pages, which addressed divisive U.S. political and social issues, falsely claimed to be controlled by U.S. activists when, in fact, they were controlled by Defendants." The IRA became publicly known as "the St Petersburg's troll factory" before the indictment in the US. In May 2015, its former employee Lyudmila Savchuk sued the company and publicly described its activity as the following: "Hundreds of people are employed. They work 24 hours a day, replacing each other in shifts, write thousands of comments, texts, posts on all social networks, on blogs. They draw pictures, record video blogs ... Their work is global, large-scale. And they do this not only for the Russian-speaking Internet, but also for English-speaking sites". Savchuk was followed by other employees who claimed they are "former trolls". The IRA is connected to other entities, such as US Really and the pretended "information agency" RIA FAN. See more disinformation cases on Russian meddling in the election in US and worldwide.

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  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/08/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Trolls
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The EU does not allow Ukraine to export its products on the European market

Europe and the United States are not ready to fully cooperate with Ukraine, but only want to use it as a market for their products. Ukraine abandoned the Russian market, where it supplied its goods until 2014. At the same time, the turn towards the West did not open European markets for Ukrainian products, and the Europeans only allowed Ukrainians to buy their goods.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on EU-Ukraine relations. The EU is Ukraine's largest trading partner, accounting for more than 40% of its trade in 2019. Ukraine is the 18th largest trading partner of the EU accounting for around 1.1% of EU's total trade. Total trade between EU and Ukraine reached €43.3 billion in 2019. Ukrainian exports to the EU amounted to €19.1 billion in 2019. The main Ukrainian exports are raw materials (iron, steel, mining products, agricultural products), chemical products and machinery. This is a considerable increase of 48.5% since 2016. The number of Ukrainian companies exporting to the EU has increased at an impressive rate, from approximately 11,700 in 2015 to over 14,500 in 2019. Since 23 April 2014, Ukraine benefits from the EU Autonomous trade preferences (ATP) which were introduced by the Regulation (EU) No 374/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 as an element of a broad package of the EU economic and financial support of Ukraine. The above-mentioned preferences eliminate EU import duties on 94.7% of industrial goods and 83.4% of agricultural goods and foodstuff originating in Ukraine. It also foresees the application of the duty-free tariff quotas towards a number of agricultural products. See other disinformation cases in our database relating to the statehood of Ukraine: that the West controls the Ukrainian economy and pumps out its resources, that the EU Association Agreement made Ukraine a colony of the EU, that Ukraine is a fake country and Ukrainian ideology was created to split the Russian nation, and that Ukraine is a collapsing, degrading state with no sovereignty and rule of law.

Contemporary liberalism is now striving to cancel Western culture

The New York Times has recently stated the need to cancel Aristotle. This is an example of the explicitly totalitarian face of liberal ideology. The demonisation of Western culture and the calls to suppress Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger and other great Western thinkers and philosophers are clear symptoms of incipient totalitarianism. Nazism called for the cancellation of Jews, Soviet totalitarianism required the elimination of dissidents. Today, the global liberal order and its underlying liberal ideology strive to cancel almost everything, except for Black Lives Matter, Soros, LGBT, and some selected minorities. The modern West is seeking to destroy the principles and the sources of the pre-modern West.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claim that liberalism (or the “liberal world order”) is seeking to suppress Western culture and to cancel great Western thinkers. This message is consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberalism claiming that liberal societies are (or are becoming) totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments”. This narrative portrays the liberal societies of the West as ideological dictatorships that have imposed a dominant “liberal globalist” ideology and alleges that “the elites” and mainstream media in these societies censor and persecute anyone who expresses views that dissent from dominant “politically correct” liberal-globalist thinking. The article also repeats the pro-Kremlin disinformation theme about the West’s moral decadence, materialism, perverted values and hostility to traditional values and religion, which Western governments allegedly seek to undermine and to replace with pseudo-religions (such as LGBT ideology). The article claims that a recent op-ed in The New York Times states the need for cancelling Aristotle. The New York Times op-ed states precisely the opposite. Although it criticises Artistotle because the latter defended slavery and opposed the notion of human equality, the op-ed stresses that “we have no reason at all to cancel Aristotle”, that “Aristotle’s place in philosophy syllabuses should be defended” and that “his ethical system may capture truths — for instance, about the importance of aiming for extraordinary excellence”. Furthermore, liberalism does not espouse the “cancellation” of the great philosophers and thinkers of Western or non-Western civilisations. Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on the principle of freedom of conscience and expression, consent of the governed, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), and equality before the law. One of the major achievements of the liberal-democratic societies, and of Europe in particular, is the institutionalisation of tolerance and pluralism, which means the peaceful coexistence of different religions, world-views and value-systems within the same society. Read similar cases claiming that Europe has long lost its civilisation abandoning its Christian roots and its culture and that the West seeks to degrade and discredit traditional values.

Globalists want their candidate to win the 2020 US presidential elections at any cost

Globalism is collapsing. We can see this collapse in the United States, for example [in the context of racial justice protests]. Globalists view the Trump administration as an existential threat. Globalists want their candidate to win the 2020 US presidential elections and to preserve the global liberal order, at any cost, even at the cost of destroying the United States itself.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims. The article suggests that “globalists” are destroying the United States by orchestrating the anti-racist protests in the US in order to undermine the Trump administration and assure the victory of their candidate in the 2020 US presidential elections. It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that depicts the racial justice protests in the US as a civil war, or as the disintegration or systemic collapse of American society. This narrative is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation message claiming that the world is run by secret global elites . See related disinformation messages, alleging that social distancing is globalism's latest attempt to destroy the family; and that the elites have set up a system of cyber manipulation to prevent the awakening of mass political consciousness.