Disinfo: Russia did not intervene in 2016 and 2020 US election

Summary

The Kremlin did not interfere with the US presidential election, neither in the 2016 contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, nor in the 2020 vote between President Trump and Joe Biden.

Disproof

Denying Russian meddling efforts in the US election process is a recurring element of pro-Kremlin propaganda. According to the findings of the US intelligence community, the illegal obtainment of electoral data also took place during the 2016 presidential election.

Electoral interference by Russian actors has been well-documented in numerous countries around the world. The independent research and media investigations point out to evidence linking Russian state actors with interference in various electoral processes, including the 2016 US presidential election, the Brexit referendum, in the 2017 French Presidential elections, in the 2017 German Parliamentary elections, etc. The list of essential research and analysis about the Kremlin's election meddling effort can be found here.

According to the latest US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, the earlier Intelligence Community Assessment presented "a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case of unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election".

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020

Disclaimer

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Israel’s unshakable position is a constant element in American politics. This confirms that the United States is occupied by the Zionists, just like Palestine is under Zionist occupation.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a disinformation narrative, spread by several pro-Kremlin outlets, claiming that the US government is secretly controlled by Zionists. The term “Zionist occupation” or “Zionist Occupied Government” (ZOG) is used by anti-Semitic white-supremacist groups to suggest that the US government is controlled by Jews who are joined in an international conspiracy.

Kremlin disinformation often propagates an old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory claiming that the Jewish people are an international cabal secretly controlling the “global élite”.

Protests and revolutions in former Soviet countries are part of a plan against Russia

A very similar strategy has been adopted by our sworn “partners”. Russia is openly hounded, driven behind the red lines into the periphery […]

And now our country’s opponents are transferring the protracted “Cold War” into a smouldering hybrid phase of severe suffocation. At the same time, betting on border chaos, terrorism, local wars, global sanctions, and outrageous lies. This anaconda ring has almost compressed Belarus, Ukraine, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia. [Protests in] Moldova are approaching.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin conspiracy which presents many social and political events in various countries as a consequence of Western-instigated provocations against Russia. It is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative accusing the West of encircling Russia.

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Europe supports the revival of fascism

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The reviving fascists in the Baltic countries, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova are trying to take political revenge for May 1945. They find support in today’s Europe, where they are encouraged in every possible way in trying to bring the Wehrmacht and the Red Army to a common denominator.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to link the Baltic countries, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine with Nazism, Fascism, aimed at discrediting the EU / West as a whole. The accusation of Nazism is a popular propaganda technique used by pro-Kremlin outlets. Read more: Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest.

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