Disinfo: Protests in the US are organised by the Democratic party ahead of the presidential election

Summary

All of this is very similar to Maidan in Kyiv, when football hooligans trained specifically for street riots are released by the authorities of 34 states. And those are the US Democrat authorities. This is just one form of pre-election race.

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The democrats gave a command to start and everything blew up. Everything is actually well organized, trucks are bringing bricks, the food is provided. Everything is like in Maidan.

 

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about the US racial justice protests and Euromaidan.

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on the 25th of May, 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US. There is no evidence to suggest that the latest wave of protests is pre-arranged or that the US Democratic party is directly involved.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation has consistently portrayed Euromaidan protests in Ukraine in 2014 as a coup, organised by external actors, especially by the US.

To illustrate the false claim about the organised US protest the TV broadcast aired a video footage from the social media networks, showing two policemen loading bricks onto a pickup truck. In fact two officers of the Northeastern University in Boston came across a damaged brick sidewalk and collected the bricks to prevent accidents and injuries, as it was explained by the Northeastern University Police Department on Twitter. See related debunking by BBC.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, US racial justice protests, Euromaidan

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the development of biological weapons by the United States. The conspiracy about US biolabs in countries bordering Russia aiming to encircle Moscow and spread infectious diseases is a part of a years-long disinformation campaign led by the Kremlin. It is also consistent with the Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against biological laboratories in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries. There is no evidence to claim that the US is developing biological weapons. There is also no evidence to support the claim that partnering biolabs under the agreement have become epicentres for the spread of infectious diseases or have been used to attack populations.

The project in question is the Armenian Genome project. This is a joint initiative of the Institute of Molecular Biology of Armenia and New Ventures Funds. The project seeks to increase the amount of genetic research in the field of healthcare and has nothing to do with the creation of biological weapons.The project is not financed by the EU, NATO, or the Pentagon and did not start yet.

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

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