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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Trolls

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Poland is a US project

Mike Pompeo is going to visit the European Union. It is possible that Pompeo is indeed having conversations that will destabilise the European Union as a constitution. Poland is a US project.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the US presence in Europe, alleging that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of other nations, especially EU member states, including Poland.

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Western countries and their domestic puppets aim at crushing Belarusian statehood

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This is another attempt to organise a hybrid Maidan revolution in Belarus. The previous attempt in 2010 was ended thanks to coordination between the Belarusian and Russian security bodies. The West wages an information war and uses Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, and others as puppets. The authorities of Belarus need to crack down on all collaborators, to clean the internet from opposition content, and to sign 31 integration roadmaps with Russia.

Disproof

This is a mix of classic pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, about EU countries as US or Anglo-Saxon 'puppets,' and attempts of historical revisionism in Belarus. It also groundlessly presents Belarusian opposition politicians as Western puppets and draws an implicit false dilemma about the direction of Belarus' political development (union with Russia vs. loss of statehood). This false dilemma was repeatedly promoted in earlier disinformation cases herehere, and here.

It should be noted that the recent presidental elections were considered neither free nor fair by the EU. In the past, the EU and US repeatedly introduced sanctions against Belarusian officials for mass violations of human rights and electoral standards, they have not attempted to stage a colour revolution in Belarus or any other country.