Disinfo: Russia faces an aggressive policy aimed weakening and controlling it

Summary

A targeted information campaign is being waged against Russia with categorical and unfounded accusations on a number of issues. Moreover, even all sorts of absurd and anecdotal conspiracy theories are being used. There are, for example, attempts to question Russia’s recent achievements in the field of medicine, in the fight against coronavirus.

Russia is facing the so-called policy of containment. It is facing a consistent and aggressive policy aimed at disrupting the country's development and creating problems around it. This is being done to "ultimately weaken Russia and put it under external control," as is already happening in some countries in the post-Soviet space, stated Putin.

Disproof

Disinformation framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based on several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russia being encircled and an information war being waged against it.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications and cooperation with Russia. For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest."

The EU and its member states have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts, in line with five guiding principles of relations with Russia.

See similar disinformation claims that the EU wants to make Russia a semi-colony to dictate its foregn and domestic policy; that NATO and the EU want to contain and destabilise Russia through Navalny and the “opposition”; that the West is hysterical about interfering in Russia through the Navalny case; that the US wants to meddle in Russian internal affairs; and that the West collectively develops a hostile attitude towards Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/02/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian, Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Destabilising Russia, Encircling Russia, Information war
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Sweden is deploying peace-keeping forces in Poltava, Ukraine

Sweden’s and Ukraine’s Ministries of Defence have agreed on deploying the 12th peace-keeping battalion of the Swedish ground-forces at the village of Karlovka in Poltava Region.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, this will help “combatting Russian aggression” against Donbas and Crimea. The ceremonial reception of the Swedish soldiers will be performed the 23 February, when Ukraine observes the Day of Grief and Shame. In preparations for the ceremony, the flags of the UN, Sweden and the LGBT-movement have already been raised.

Disproof

A satirical article from a well-known humour site is reproduced as news. The outlet describes its source as “unreliable”, but the readers are led to believe that the information is authentic.

London accuses Russia of crimes, without ever presenting evidence.

London loves accusing Russia for crimes against human lives. One does not need to look very far – it is enough to mention the stories around the “poisoning” of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, and the dissident Alexei Navalny. Every time, one can observe that Great Britain immediately accuses Russian special forces for harms done to above mentioned citizens. The evidence, allegedly possessed by the acccusing part, is never presented to the public.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Skripal poisoning and an attempt to suggest that British Military Intelligence is involved in the Navalny case.

Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals has been proven via a thorough investigation. The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public(opens in a new tab). The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga(opens in a new tab) and Aleksandr Mishkin(opens in a new tab) with the attack on the Skripals, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents.

Former Swedish Prime Minister calls for military attacks against Russia

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt was recruited by the US in 1973. At the time, he was working within the program International Visitors, targeted against Communism. Presently he openly attacks the Russian authorities and even calls on using military action against Russia, as he considers Moscow’s policies “aggressive”.

Disproof

An unfounded claim. No sources for Mr. Bildt’s alleged “call for military action” is presented.

Carl Bildt received a scholarship in 1973 on the International Visitor’s Program, an exchange programme, led by the US Departement of State. Various US organisations offer scholarships and training programmes for an international audience, including Russian citizens. Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of the state-owned Rossiya Segodnya media holding and Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT and Sputnik, have both attended US government funded training programmes.