Disinfo: Just like they recognised the outcome of the flawed US elections, the EU should recognise the Russian Duma elections


The EU should not rush into not recognising the results of the elections for the Russian Parliament, even if it were some manipulations and fraud during voting.

Otherwise, the EU should not recognise Joe Biden's victory during presidential elections in the US too.

In 2020, millions of the votes disappeared during the US elections. It is hypocritical not to recognise the results of the elections in one country but recognise them in another, while the problems are similar problems.


A recurring disinformation claim about fraud in the US 2020 Presidential elections, this time framed in the context of the September 2021 Duma elections, attempting to draw a parallel between the two electoral processes.

The claim about millions of disappeared votes during the US 2020 Presidential elections misinterprets the available information. PolitiFact checked this information and rate mentioned claim as “Mostly False”.

The results of the US 2020 Presidential elections are not in doubt. In its interim assessment on the conduct of the election, the OSCE finds that the contest was “competitive and well managed” (p. 1), noting that “evidence-deficient claims about election fraud” (ibid.) have been refuted by “election officials at all levels” (p. 3) and “national security agencies” (p. 11).

The coalition of election security officials (which consists of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Association of State Election Directors) concluded the election was “the most secure in American history.”

They further stated that: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

On the other hand, there is some information about fraud and manipulations during elections for the Russian Parliament (more information about it also providing the independent elections observers movement Golos).

See here the EU declaration following the Duma elections.

See other examples of disinformation about the US 2020 Presidential elections: There is massive evidence of electoral fraud in the 2020 US Presidential elections; The Democratic party came to power by falsifying the election results; The violations in voting procedures in the US Presidential elections were premeditated.


  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Elections, Manipulated elections/referendum, Joe Biden
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Disinfo: Sanctions are beneficial to Russia so the West should recognise Crimea as Russian

Instead of making gratuitous statements about the so-called "annexation" of Crimea, the French authorities would do better to recognise it as an integral part of Russia.

Russia has benefited from Western sanctions imposed on it after the peninsula was attached. Sanctions are not beneficial to the West. Sanctions are beneficial to Russia.

Crimea, offered to Ukraine within the USSR by Nikita Khrushchev in 1954, was reattached to Russia following the referendum held in March 2014, following the coup d'état in Ukraine in February of the same year. Kyiv continues to regard Crimea as Ukrainian territory.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea and sanctions against Russia.

The impact of sanctions needs to be evaluated in the long run. However, primarily assessments show a significant and negative impact on the Russian economy.

Disinfo: There is democracy in Russia, since there are a lot of participants in the Duma elections

There is democracy in Russia, since there are a lot of participants in the Russian parliamentary elections.


A large number of candidates does not guarantee that the whole electoral process meets the high standard of democracy. Many candidates were denied the right to register.

The OSCE was unable to observe and evaluate the electoral parliamentary elections of 17-19 September 2021 due to major limitations imposed by Russian Authorities.

Disinfo: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits the US which asked him to split the Orthodox world

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is paying a visit to the United States. This should come as no surprise as it was the United States and the West which forced him to grant autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine, thus splitting the Orthodox World.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently attack the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church. The Constantinople Patriarchy, not the US, decided to grant the autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. The final decision was made in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off the Tomos of autocephaly. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparation and consideration by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod.

For more information and analysis on pro-Kremlin disinformation against the Church of Ukraine see here.