No proof of Russian meddling in Western elections

Summary

For weeks and months, the media and governments in the EU have been warning against Russian influence in the elections. Now the elections to the EU Parliament are just around the corner – only we are still waiting for indications of manipulation by the evil Russians.
Despite the EU elections and the drama, there seems to be no trace of any Russian interference. This was also the case with other elections in Europe, the results of which ran counter to the wishes of the political and media establishment. Whenever things went wrong, it was simply the Russians.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that allegations of Russian interference in electoral processes in the EU and in the West are spread by European elites in order to divert attention from the real problems of the EU countries.

Attempts of election meddling by Russia are already well documented. Investigations were conducted by the authorities of various countries, Parliament's committee (UK) , as well as by journalists.  Numerous investigations have provided convincing evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum and in elections across Europe and in the US.  Thus, in the US, 126 million people were reached on social media by Russia-linked users, 29 million of them have seen the content "directly". See more information here, here and here.

Ahead of the European elections 2019, Microsoft registered cyberattacks targeting think tanks and non-profit organisations working on topics related to democracy, electoral integrity, and public policy, that are often in contact with government officials.  Microsoft continues to investigate the source of these attacks, but is confident that many of them originated from a group called Strontium, also known as APT 28 or Fancy Bear – which is believed to be associated with Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU. Read more here.

See here for the list of the reports on Russian efforts to influence elections in various European countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: EU elections 2019, election meddling, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, The West
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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73% of Ukrainians are against the new language law

In Ukraine, the Russian language has been officially and finally banned. The Ukrainian MPs ‘spat’ in the direction of all those Ukrainians, those 73%, that voted against Poroshenko and these hellish cannibalistic laws.

73% of Ukrainians voted against Poroshenko and this language law. 

 

Disproof

Misleading statistics; confusing the election results with a claim that 73% of the Ukrainians being against the recently adopted law "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language". 

According to a poll in 2018, more than half of Ukrainians (61%) believe that the Ukrainian language should be the only state language, while the Russian language should be freely used in all spheres of life.  Opinion polls conducted by KMIS, Sociological Group Rating, and GfK Ukraine in 2016-2017 demonstrate that the status of the Russian language is important to just one percent of respondents. KMIS research in May 2017 shows that the share does not exceed 3% even in eastern regions.

Only thanks to Stalin did Poland receive the German Danzig (Gdansk)

Not so long ago, no Gdansk existed. It was the German city of Danzig. It became Gdansk thanks to one person. His name is Stalin. It is thanks to Comrade Stalin that Poland received German Danzig, later renamed to Gdansk.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation aimed at bolstering the reputation of Joseph Stalin by highlighting  his unique role in the victory of WW2.

First mentioned as a Polish city in 997 or 999, Gdańsk (Gdansk) was part of the Polish diocese of Włocławek. During its history, Gdansk has been under Polish, Prussian and German rule. From 1919 to 1939 Gdansk had the status of the free city of Danzig under the Treaty of Versailles. In 1938, Poland refused Hitler’s demand to give the city to Germany. This was used by Germany as provocation for an attack on Poland on September 1, 1939, which precipitated World War II. Gdansk was returned to Poland in March 1945 as part of the decisions made by the Allies at the Potsdam conference.

Strache-scandal: Security services of Austria, Germany or US might be behind it

The provocation with a recorded conversation between Austrian politician Heinz-Christian Strache and ‘a niece of Russian oligarch’ could be staged by security services of different countries. It could be Austrians themselves, where the level of popularity of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) is a headache for some. It could be Germany which is confronted with a problem of anti-immigrant belt from Poland to Italy. Is could also be the US which dislike Austria’s active participation in gas projects jointly with Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given, conspiracy theory.

Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to resign due to allegations of corruption, after offering government contacts to a supposed Russian investor in exchange for help to his  Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) in the 2017 national elections.