Only Russian observers would not turn a blind eye to election violations in Ukraine

Summary

The only election observers who would not turn a blind eye to election violations in Ukraine are Russian observers. Poroshenko’s victory would be beneficial for other countries interested in Ukraine. Therefore, Russia should not recognise the election results in Ukraine.

After the EU managed to negotiate an agreement over Nord Stream 2, Ukrainians were given a consolation prize. Ukraine was given permission to deny access to Russian election observers. Russia may thus question the legitimacy of the next Ukrainian president.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the presidential election in Ukraine.

The decision to block the participation of Russians from the ODIHR election observation mission in Ukraine was taken by Ukrainian authorities, and by them alone, and approved by the Ukrainian parliament.

See also EU statement on Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, election meddling, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal (06:01 - 06:35) 60 minut @ Rossiya 1 (01:00)
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Radical Islam in Kosovo and the Balkans exploited by the US and UK to weaken Russia

The US and Britain are using the trend of radical Islam in the Balkans to encircle and weaken Russia. Kosovo, situated in the heart of the Balkans, is the centre of radical Islam in Europe and is a crucial instrument of the West’s strategy against Russia.

Since the British and Americans have failed to create an Islamic caliphate in Syria, their strategic goal now is to support the growth of radical Islam in the Balkans, with the ultimate aim of establishing a caliphate that will then be able to threaten the Caucasus. For this purpose, the US and UK have moved some Syrian jihadist groups to the Balkans.

 

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US and the West creating and/or supporting radical Islam and Islamist terrorism in the Middle East, as well as working with ISIS/Daesh. The West has been fighting an intense and multidimensional global terrorist threat since 9/11. There is no evidence whatsoever that the US, NATO, or the EU have supported Daesh or other jihadist groups in Syria. The US-led military campaign in Syria and Iraq has clearly targeted Daesh and other jihadist organisations. More disinformation cases can be consulted here and a recent case can be found here.

Although there have been several instances of terrorist foreign fighters who travelled from Kosovo to Syria and Iraq, the notion of Kosovo as the "centre of radical Islam in Europe" does not reflect reality. Kosovo's population is overwhelmingly secular or otherwise practises an open and tolerant version of Islam. According to the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies, only around 400 Kosovo citizens have travelled to the conflict zones in Syria and Iraq. Of these 400, only 250 individuals are considered to be foreign fighters, whereas the rest are women and children.

Moldova leases Nistru river to Ukraine

The authorities in Chisinau have signed a document leasing the Nistru River to Ukraine for 49 years. This agreement was made by oligarchs from Ukraine and Moldova.

 

Disproof

No such agreement has been signed.

More detailed research shows that the information published on February 21st 2019 (while the electoral campaign was in full swing) was distributed by two sites - bloknot-moldova.md and kp.md - already a year and a half ago on October 22nd 2017. The primary source is a text published on the Kp.md site by environmental expert Ilia Trombitschi. This article covers the dangers of signing such an agreement with the Ukrainian side and does not state that a contract has been signed.