Disinfo: Russia does not interfere in the US internal affairs

Summary

Former US official Susan Rice told CNN that she believes the “Russian playbook is present” in the unrest following George Floyd’s death. The Kremlin believes that Rice’s claims are completely wrong. US democrats theory is that Russia is to blame for everything. The protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd are the internal affairs of the United States, Russia does not interfere in them in any way.

Disproof

The claims are similar to Russia's denial of interference with Western democracies, even though there are well-documented instances of Moscow meddling in elections.

In this particular case, a recent Politico analysis found that government officials, state-backed media outlets and Twitter users linked to Moscow have increasingly been participating in the online debate concerning George Floyd's death. Russia-backed accounts have regularly tweeted about the US using hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and #Minneapolis.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests

Disclaimer

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