Disinfo: Russia has never interfered in other countries’ electoral processes

Summary

Russia has never interfered in the electoral process of any country in the world, not in the United States, nor in Britain, nor in any other country.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Moscow's interference in other countries' elections.This claim has not been counterbalanced or critically challenged by the article.

Electoral interference by Russia has been extensively documented in numerous countries around the world. 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. The list of essential research and analysis about the Kremlin's election meddling effort can be found here (Electoral interference).

Available evidence suggests that Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential poll - which was specifically aimed to damage Clinton's campaign and aid her opponent - did affect the outcome of the vote, particularly in three critical swing states where Trump's victory margins were the thinnest. In addition, the US Justice Department has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections. Previously, 13 Russian citizens as well as the Internet Research AgencyConcord Management and Concord Catering had been charged with interfering with the US political system.

Robert Mueller's investigation did conclude that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Mueller's report determined that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election". The first involved attempts by Russian internet research agency (IRA) to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the US to sow social discord, with the aim of interfering with the election. The second involved the Russian government's efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election.

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,  and that allegations of Russian meddling in US elections are absolutely insane.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK, Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Elections

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With the help of NATO, Ukrainians shot down MH17 using Kolchuga station

Ukrainian soldiers could shoot down MH17 with NATO Kolchuga sensor.

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MH17 was shot down with BUK missile system, but it was the Ukrainians who launched the missile, using Kolchuga and receiving signals from [NATO aircraft] AWACS from German and Polish airspace.

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NATO special services organised this tragedy. They had at their disposal an integrated air defence system where the “Buk” is integrated with Kolchuga passive sensor. This system is also actively used by the Russian army, which made it possible to put forward false accusations against our country.

Disproof

One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of flight MH17 denying Russia's responsibility.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskiy in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system, with 1 missing missile, went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

MH17: JIT did not provide any real evidence

There is no clear evidence, only general statements. The [MH17] case is based on speculation, and even these data are only partially presented. I would like to emphasise: US satellites were monitoring Donbas. Six years have passed, but the investigation has hardly moved forward. If there were real evidence, they would have been presented long ago. At the same time, the process is now based on speculation, on data that can be interpreted in different ways.

Disproof

One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of flight MH17 denying Russia's responsibility and aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. In order to find out the cause of the crash, the JIT investigated all human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft found in the vicinity of the disaster site. The traces were secured and investigated and compared by experts. In addition, the JIT sought and heard witnesses and experts, analysed radar and satellite images, assessed large amounts of telecom data such as intercepted telephone conversations and analysed big data. Read more about the investigation here.

$14 – $18 trillion will be spent as reparations for slavery; Democratic Party is betting on the Latin American and Black population

The Democratic Party is betting on the Latin American and Black population. For the first time, there was a proposal to “compensate the black population in the United States for centuries of slavery” and centuries of “white supremacy”. This means $ 14-18 trillion  will be spent on black American citizens.

Disproof

Russia Today article refers to Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets as its source.

No such proposal has been suggested by the democratic party. Instead, this idea was proposed by Robert Johnson, an American businessman and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).