Disinfo: Moscow has proof of US interference in Russian domestic affairs


Russian authorities possess convincing proof that the United States interfere in the country's domestic affairs and in its electoral process.


Disinformation about alleged Western and more specifically US efforts to interfere in the domestic affairs of Russia.

This narrative is aimed at discrediting reports and statements according to which Russia meddles in the election processes of European countries and the US.

Russian authorities have shown no substantial evidence to prove that US entities, authorities or the US government have committed actions that would constitute election interference.

On the contrary, the US intelligence community has found that Russian actors, along with Chinese and Iranian entities, tried to influence voters in the 2020 US Presidential election. Furthermore, Robert Mueller's investigation concluded that Russia did interfere in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Lately, there is an effort by pro-Kremlin outlets to push back against the evidence of Russian interference in US elections by highlighting fake stories about US and Western interference in Russian State Duma elections to take place in September 2021 without the presence of OSCE observers. One such example was the accusation that the "Vilnius Russia Forum" is an attempt to influence Russian domestic policies.

Pro-Kremlin outlets also want to create an atmosphere of anti-Russian sentiment by insisting that reports on cases such as the ones of the poisoning of Alexey Navalny and Sergey Skripal of the downing of the MH-17 flight are "dirty tools" used against Moscow. However, there is massive evidence of Russia’s involvement in the attempts to poison former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as in the downing of the MH17 flight over Ukraine (you can see here, here and here).

See specific cases about the disinformation narratives of pro-Kremlin actors about election interference by various parties here.

See also related disinformation claims, alleging that The West wants to influence elections in Russia and supports anti-State powers; West trying to interfere in Russia’s legislative elections; For the West, Russian elections will always be "bad".


  • Reported in: Issue 258
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Elections, Anti-Russian, Maria Zakharova
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A CNN investigation into an attempt by the Ukrainian services to abduct dozens of Russian citizens via Belarus lifts the veil on the CIA's involvement in the operation. The latter also proved to be an attempt at destabilisation between Moscow and Minsk on the eve of the Belarusian presidential elections.


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Disinfo: Poland uses the situation on Belarusian border to underline "threat from the East"

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The Polish governments used the alleged threat of "Russian aggression" in order to cover their inefficiencies and intellectual weakness. The message about the threat from the East is currently promoted by the events on the Polish-Belarusian border and the rhetoric about the Belarusian “hybrid war” allegedly waged against Poland.


Recurring disinformation narrative about the ongoing migration crisis on the Eastern border of the European Union directly caused by the Belarusian authorities.

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