Disinfo: No evidence whatsoever that Russia interfered the US elections in 2016

Summary

Despite numerous investigations by various commissions, there is still no evidence about Russia’s influence in the 2016 US presidential elections.

Disproof

There is numerous evidence presented on the Russian attempts to influence the US elections. See the US Intelligence Community report "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”, Twitter's has banned ads on RT and Sputnik over election interference. Facebook acknowledged that it had discovered 3,000 ads from 470 accounts connected to Internet Research Agency (the name of the infamous troll factory in St Petersburg www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html), . It's since revealed that those accounts collectively created 80,000 pieces of content that may have been shared, both organically and through ads, with 126 million people.

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  • Reported in: Issue 93
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/01/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: election meddling
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Disinfo: The only threat to Sweden is an increased threat of extremism

According to Anders Thornberg, the head of Sweden’s security service, the only threat to Sweden is that the country is facing an increased threat of extremism.

Disproof

Anders Thorberg, the head of Sweden's security service (Säpo), was recently interviewed by BBC, but the headline of the interview referred to is in fact "Swedish security chief warning on fake news". He specifically mentioned that "It's very important for us to follow this and we are not shy in Sweden - we say that the biggest threat to our security in that perspective is Russia," which is left out in the Georgian article. He also mentions radicalisation and right-wing extremism as rising threats. Further debunking at Myth Detector.

Disinfo: The white slaves - migrants rape British girls for years, police fears accusations of racism

Migrants rape British underage girls for years. Police knows what is happening but doesn’t do anything due to fears of being accused of racism.

Disproof

The article does not provide evidence to the claims and is based on anonymous sources. The effect of the misleading message is strengthened with an image from a rape and revenge -film. It links to an article in the Independent that in fact reports that "Police believe they have exposed a new grooming gang in London as officers warn widespread abuse is taking place across the country. Four girls between the age of 13 and 15 have reported being raped by a group based around a McDonald’s in Stratford, triggering a crackdown that has so far identified at least 30 potential victims." There is no evidence that the police would be reluctant to take actions against the grooming gangs for fears of being accused of racism. According to reports, victims of the grooming gangs come from different ethnic backgrounds. www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/10/abuse-asian-girls-missed-white-victims, The issue has been widely discussed in the UK after a scandal of large-scale sex abuse of children came to light in Rotherham in 2012. www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28934963,

Disinfo: There is a civil war in Ukraine

That is, around this war, there is a lot of hypocrisy in Donbas. But as for the Civil War, it always happens in this way. And this is a Civil War.

If there are many Russians [Russian soldiers in Ukraine], where are they? They should be in captivity at least proportionally somehow. Right? At least, proportionally. How many of them are there? Do you want to name the figure for 3 years of the war? 14 (I mean citizens). Fourteen.

Well, there was the Spanish Civil War earlier and you could also ask: what a Civil War was there? It was an occupation because Franko’s Army was actually supplied with and its main combat forces were squadrons, primarily of Germanic and German pilots. The government, the legitimate government, it concluded an agreement with the Soviet Union, accordingly, our pilots were there. [Comrade] Stern was famous. Then, our tankmen. The ‘guy from our city’. But it was a Civil War. Yes, the war stimulated by other states that ignited and looked for their gains, but it was a Civil War.

Disproof

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.