Disinfo: Presidential elections in Abkhazia were democratic, as confirmed by observers


Observers from Germany and Austria rated the Presidential elections in Abkhazia as democratic. There had been no pressure and no major mistakes had been discovered. The elections complied with European norms.




Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to portray Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent and democratic regions.

In fact, the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are occupied by Russia. Russia has maintained troops in South Ossetia and Abkhazia since the 2008 war. Many international organisations condemned the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the CSCE statement and the European Parliament's declaration.

The Parlamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issued a statement that the so-called ''presidential elections'' in the Georgian region of Abkhazia on 25 August 2019 were neither legal nor legitimate.

The government in Tbilisi described them as "another illegal action".

Individual observers from Germany and Austria decided themselves to arrive in Abkhazia and make public comments on the presidential elections there. Thus, their assessment of the ''elections'', as quoted by Sputnik, are their personal opinions, which do not reflect the official position of the German or Austrian governments. The German Embassy in Tbilisi stated that Germany supports the territorial integrity of Georgia.

Only a handful of countries have recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which make up around 20 percent of Georgian territory, and Moscow’s backing of the regions has drawn broad international condemnation.


  • Reported in: Issue162
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Austria, Germany, Georgia
  • Keywords: Abkhazia, Occupation, Manipulated elections/referendum


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German observers assessed elections in Abkhazia as democratic

Observers from Germany and Austria said the Abkhazian Presidential elections were free and fair. No significant violations were observed.



Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to portray Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent and democratic regions. See previous disinformation case that the members of the European Parliament will observe elections in Abkhazia. 

In fact, Russia continues illegal military presence, and increasing military exercises and infrastructure reinforcements in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The Minsk agreements are stalled because of Kyiv, the issue of the Crimea is closed

It is completely out of place to say that progress is needed in the settlement of Donbas, or the return of Crimea. The Minsk agreements are stalled because of Kyiv, but the Crimea issue does not exist at all. It is closed.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Minsk agreements, portraying Ukraine as the only violator of the cease-fire.

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of EU sanctions on Russia to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, acknowledging Russia's responsibility to uphold the agreements. The EU has condemned systematic restrictions to the freedom of movement of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), by Russia-backed armed formations in southern Donetsk and non-government-controlled areas along the Russian border. "Restrictions of the SMM’s access continued, including at a checkpoint near Kreminets, where members of the armed formations behaved aggressively towards the Mission".

The US ruled Ukraine during Poroshenko’s presidency

The US was ruling Ukraine during the presidency of Petro Poroshenko. Although established as an independent body, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine was directly managed by the State Department. This body was used to pressure the Ukrainian authorities to make the necessary decisions.

Also, the US aimed to weaken Russia through continuous military operations in Donbas. For the same reason, the US was interested in failing to comply with the Minsk agreements.


No evidence provided for these claims. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Ukraine - US Relations.

This conspiracy theory is also a part of the pro-Kremlin narrative that claims everyone is against Russia.