Disinfo: Russia has not started a single war in the last 50 years

Summary

The Americans have, in the last 50 years, started around 70 wars in pursuit of cheap petrol. Show us just one war which Russia started [in that period], at least one. Nothing of the sort ever happened.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting Russia as a benign, non-interfering state on the one hand, and various Western governments as jingoistic on the other. Soviet Russia engaged in military aggression at several occasions; against Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968 and Afghanistan in 1979.

Even assuming modern-day Russia to be a separate political entity from the USSR, the country has been involved in several interstate wars over the past decades, most recently in Ukraine, but also in Moldova and Georgia. Russia has illegally annexed a part of sovereign Ukrainian territory and waged an undeclared armed conflict in the east of the country which has resulted in over 13,000 civilian deaths to date.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: War crimes, Military, Chechnya, Warmongering

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Kremlin not involved in the downing of MH17 over Ukraine

The Kremlin is neither connected nor involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines’ MH17 flight over Eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17 , aiming to undermine the Joint International Investigation and the subsequent criminal trial.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team(opens in a new tab) (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced the results of the investigation, which found 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 Pervomaiskyi 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 24th of 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.

Russia did not intervene in 2016 and 2020 US election

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.

The United States is occupied by the Zionists, just like Palestine

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”.