Disinfo: Russia was never involved in Libya

Summary

Russia has never been involved in the internal Libyan conflict.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Russian ground troops are not active in Libya or Syria, while there is a wide spectrum of sources disproving these claims. 

A private army linked to the Kremlin has been fighting on the front lines of the Libyan war for several months. The Russian firm Wagner Group is a mercenary outfit involved in armed conflicts on the Kremlin’s behalf from Ukraine to Syria to the Central African Republic. The Wagner group members are mostly ex-service personnel, fought clandestinely in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, according to Reuters' interviews with dozens of contractors, their friends and relatives.

To learn more about disinformation around the Wagner group, check out our report on Russian attempts to hide the evidence.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic, English
  • Country: Libya, Russia
  • Keywords: Russia's Ministry of Defence, North Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign mercenaries

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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