Disinfo: Macron interferes in Ukraine in favour of fascists


President Macron is always explaining to other people how they should behave. He is installing a new president in Venezuela, he would like to overthrow the Syrian president, he is interfering in Ukraine in favour of the fascists whom he denounces at home.  


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western interference in Ukrainian politics. See other cases here, here, here, and here. See more disinformation cases about "Nazist influences in Ukraine". Volodymyr Zelensky who recently won Ukraine's presidential election with a landslide is of Jewish ancestry.  


  • Reported in: Issue 148
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria, France
  • Keywords: Juan Guaido, Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron, Syrian War, Bashar al-Assad, Nazi/Fascist


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No proof of Russian meddling in the elections anywhere

The charges of Russian interference are numerous: they concern the French election, the Brexit referendum; Russia is also accused of being behind the movement of yellow vests in France and of supporting Matteo Salvini’s North League (Lega Nord). First, there is no Russian interference. The accusations come from some environments who have an interest in developing a new cold war. In France no single proof was found. Nowhere else either. [The same claims] were evoked in Germany, but after that a major magazine in Germany asked “But, where are the Russians?”. Because the election was over and there was no interference. The German secret services stated that they hadn’t found anything. But it stays in the mindset after the media campaign. It is a fantasy that came from the United States and was married by pro-American elites throughout Europe.


No evidence given that the accusations come "from some environments who have an interest in developing a new cold war." The attempts of Russian election meddling are already well documented. Investigations were conducted by the authorities of the countries, Parliament's committee (UK) , as well as by journalists. Thus, in the US, 126 millions of users were reached by Russia-linked users, 29 millions from them have seen the content "directly". In France, Russian media outlets spread disinformation on Emmanuel Macron's support by "gay lobby" and "bank lobby". Macron's rival Marine Le Pen received a credit of 9,4 million euros from a Russian bank which filed for bankruptcy and the credit is unlikely to be reimbursed. The e-mails of Emmanuel Macron's party top members and of him himself were hacked. It was perpetrated, according to the Insider and Mediapart, by the same GRU unit also responsible for hacking of Democrats' servers in the US. Russian State TV spoke about "an offshore account of Macron". It turned out to be a fabricated evidence. Currently, the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security (SGDSN) in France is in charge of the investigation of the alleged meddling of Russian social media accounts in the yellow vests protests. In Germany, after almost one-year investigation by the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) the intelligence report has stated that Russia has had a "more confrontational course" towards Germany since 2014 and calls the reporting of Russian media and its German offshoots such as RT Deutsch and Sputnik News hostile. In 2017 "the strategy that pro-Kremlin Russian actors adopted in the months leading to the elections was to attack Merkel and her government, advance the AfD and The Left, and avoid excessive bashing of the CDU/CSU and SPD.", Anton Shekhovtsov writes in his report to EPDE. Read more on the pro-Kremlin tactics here “‘Make Germany Great Again’. Kremlin, Alt-Right and International Influences in the 2017 German Elections“. In Italy, Espresso reports, Russia offered to the League of Nord three million euros for EU election. See more disinformation cases about Russian meddling in the elections in the West here and here.

Euromaidan was a coup d’etat of the Right Sector and Ukrainian Nazis, supported by the CIA and Poland

The 2014 uprising in Ukraine known as Euromaidan was a coup d’etat conducted by the Right Sector (Pravyi Sektor) and followers of Nazi Stepan Bandera, sponsored by the CIA and the Polish government.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that claims Euromaidan was a coup, organized by Nazis and foreign states. The protest movement known as Euromaidan, which lasted from the end of November 2013 until the end of February 2014, was a genuine uprising of the Ukrainian people against the government of former President Yanukovych who, with a U-turn decision, decided not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union that he had promised for years. The role of the nationalist forces was marginal. Euromaidan was a civic initiative. The insignificance of the "Right Sector" is evident from the election results – their candidate received 0.7% of the vote in the May 2014 presidential elections, and the party received 1.8% of the vote in the October 2014 parliamentary elections. For more disinformation cases about Euromaidan see here.  

The US deliberately lowers the threshold of nuclear weapons use and intentionally increases the risk of nuclear conflict

The US intends to deploy new high-accuracy nuclear airdrop bombs in Europe. This means that Washington is deliberately lowering the threshold of nuclear weapons use and intentionally increasing the risk of catastrophic nuclear conflict.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that US and NATO nuclear policies are bringing the world closer to nuclear war. See previous cases here and here. The current US nuclear strategy is detailed in the Nuclear Posture Review [NPR], issued by the Department of Defence in February 2018. The 2018 NPT states that “Nuclear forces, along with our conventional forces and other instruments of national power, are therefore first and foremost directed towards deterring aggression and preserving peace. Our goal is to convince adversaries they have nothing to gain and everything to lose from the use of nuclear weapons. In no way does this approach lower the nuclear threshold”. The Review states that the US would consider the use of nuclear weapons only under “extreme circumstances” to defend the vital interests of the US, its allies and partners. It defines “extreme circumstances,” to include both nuclear attacks and “significant non-nuclear strategic attacks” against “U.S., allied or partner civilian population or infrastructure, and attacks on U.S. or allied nuclear forces, their command and control, or warning and attack assessment capabilities” More background is available here.