The Mueller investigation failed

Summary

The Mueller investigation went up in smoke. Mueller himself resigned.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation decisively concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Specifically, Mueller's report declared that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election", with the first being the Internet Research Agency's disinformation campaign and social media operations to disrupt the election, and second being the Russian government's hacking operations against the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations. The findings of the Mueller investigation have led to US senators' proposals to extend sanctions on Russia to deter further election meddling attempts.

Mueller's formal resignation as special counsel on 29 May 2019 was wholly expected, coming as a result of the conclusion of the investigation.

See similar disinformation cases here, here, and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller
  • Outlet: Georgia and the World
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's statehood and imminent collapse. Ukraine is not a failed state, contrary to the Kremlin's efforts to suggest otherwise.Several international institutions show that Ukraine’s economy has returned to growth after the recession of 2014-15 and accelerated in the first half of 2018. The real GDP growth for the whole of 2018 is now forecast at around 3.3%.

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Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with a number of Belarus-related pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's continuous attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations including through the financing of the Belarusian opposition and NGOs, and that the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is favoured by the West in order to organise a full-scale split from the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Disproof

This message is a mix of ungrounded conspiracies and generalizations aimed at discrediting the Ukrainian authorities, the Ukrainian army, and at misrepresenting Ukraine's domestic policies. It is consistent with common pro-Kremlin narratives about Ukrainian statehood, discrimination against Russian speakers and Russophobia.

The recent law on the Ukrainian language does not forbid the use of Russian or other languages in private communication and religious ceremonies. Moreover, Russian and other languages can be present in book publishing, the press, including radio and television, education and the service sector. The law allows the use of other languages in the healthcare system and in law enforcement. In addition to this, the law stipulates that in accordance with the European Charter for Regional Languages and Languages of National Minorities, the government should develop a law safeguarding language-rights of the minorities within six months of the language law entering into force.