Disinfo: Russia has never interfered in electoral processes in any country

Summary

Russia has never interfered in electoral processes in any country in the world.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russian meddling in different elections in the world. Electoral interference by Russia has been extensively documented in numerous countries around the world. The independent research, media investigations and parliamentary inquiries point out to evidence linking Russian state actors with interference in various electoral processes, including the 2016 US presidental elections, Brexit vote, in the 2017 French Presidential elections, in the 2017 German Parliamentary elections etc. Extensive evidence confirms that Russia did meddle in the 2016 US presidential elections, specifically aiming to damage Hillary Clinton's campaign and aid Republican candidate Donald Trump. In the US, 126 millions of users were reached by Russia-linked users, 29 millions from them have seen the content "directly". Likewise, Russian state efforts to affect the outcome of the Brexit vote are well-documented, both in news reports and parliamentary enquiries (see especially pp. 43-52). Investigations were conducted as well as by journalists. Fore more information on Russia's interference in Western democratic processes, see the EUvsDisinfo Elections page. In France, Russian media outlets spread disinformation on Emmanuel Macron's support by "gay lobby" and "bank lobby". The e-mails of Emmanuel Macron's party top members and of him himself were hacked. It was perpetrated, according to the Mediapart, by the same GRU unit also responsible for hacking of Democrats' servers in the US. Russian State TV spoke about "an offshore account of Macron". It turned out to be a fabricated evidence. In Germany, after almost one-year investigation by the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) the intelligence report has stated that Russia has had a "more confrontational course" towards Germany since 2014 and calls the reporting of Russian media and its German offshoots such as RT Deutsch and Sputnik News hostile. In 2017 "the strategy that pro-Kremlin Russian actors adopted in the months leading to the elections was to attack Merkel and her government, advance the AfD and The Left, and avoid excessive bashing of the CDU/CSU and SPD.", Anton Shekhovtsov writes in his report to EPDE. Read more on the pro-Kremlin tactics here “‘Make Germany Great Again’. Kremlin, Alt-Right and International Influences in the 2017 German Elections“. See similar cases claiming that The notion of “Russian influence” in the US is an absurd conspiracy theory, or that Claims about Russia’s interference into US elections are unfounded, Allegations of Russian meddling in US elections are absolutely insane, or No evidence of Russian interference in Brexit vote, The West falsely accuses Russia of election meddling.

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  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/07/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, France, Germany, US, Russia
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, election meddling, Brexit, Elections
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A man, who took passengers hostage in Ukrainian city Lutsk had been kicked out of neo-Nazi battalion "Azov" for perversion

A man, who took passengers hostage in Ukrainian city of Lutsk had been kicked out of neo-Nazi battalion “Azov” for perversion.

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An armed man took passengers hostage along with the driver of a commuter bus in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, on 21 July. He reportedly told journalists he would set the hostages free when his demands had been met. Later the man released all hostages and surrendered. According to police, the man has a history of mental disorders. The Azov Regiment denies that the man has served there. The press service of the Azov Regiment states that he has never been in the ranks of Azov unit. JURGIS I WOULD DELETE THIS PARA /AA What the authors call a “Ukrainian Azov Battalion,” where they add a description of it as “a paramilitary unit,” is, in fact, a Special Operations Detachment “Azov”—a regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard that is part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This means that Azov is neither a paramilitary unit nor has any independence from the state, but that it is an integral part of official structures and that it follows orders given by the Interior Ministry.

Ukraine and NATO violate Russian maritime borders

Ukraine and NATO are constantly violating Russian maritime borders. NATO should have understood for a long time that this is a Russian economic zone, that Crimea is the territory of the Russian Federation. Someone is exceeding the permissible norms of behaviour, that is, violates our territorial waters, invades our economic zone.

Disproof

During the Sea Breeze military exercise, a Russian patrol ship of the Russian FSB Coast Guard went on the radio to the Bulgarian ship Bodra with a demand for it to leave ​​its location. This year, as in 2019, it was Russia that resorted to provocation against the Ukrainian-American exercises: on the eve of the start of the Sea Breeze, the Kremlin deliberately blocked the area in the Black Sea where, according to the plan, the exercises should take place. Moreover, the waters of the Black and Azov Seas around Crimea cannot be considered Russian, at least due to the fact that the peninsula is an occupied Ukrainian territory. In addition, according to all international standards, Ukraine has every right to use the Black and Azov Seas. Sea Breeze is an annually recurring multinational exercise, it does not aim, nor threaten, to invade any territory or to exert any pressure. Military exercises have been conducted since 1997, in accordance with the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministries of Defense of Ukraine and the United States. Theinternational community, including theEuropean Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity byacts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates to be arrested for vaccines and artificially creating the virus

Lawsuits have been filed against Anthony Fauch and Bill Gates, they will be charged for infecting and killing hundreds of thousands of children through vaccination, as well as artificially creating and spreading the virus. The investigation will also follow the Obama Foundation for transferring $3.7 million to Wuhan Laboratory.

Disproof

No proof given. Recurring disinformation narrative on vaccination and the coronavirus. There are no trial processes against Fauci and Bill Gates. This conspiracy is based on the story from The Next News Network Special Report, in which three doctors demanded Fauci's arrest on the ground that the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions caused severe damage to the US economy. This story is no longer available on the official YouTube channel of the network. As for the Obama Foundation, according to Snopes, a portion of $3.7 million in grants awarded between 2014 and 2019 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to EcoHealth Alliance, helped fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Not all of that $3.7 million went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and not all of the funding took place under the Obama administration. It should also be noted that this financing had nothing to do with the coronavirus. See earlier disinformation cases that Bill Gates pays compensation to people mutilated as a result of vaccines and that the coronavirus is man-made.