Russia is not and will never be implicated in cybercrimes

Summary

Russia is not and will never be implicated in cybercrimes.

Disproof

Russian government-sponsored cyber operations and large-scale hacking operations to collect sensitive business and technology information in the US and Europe are  well-documented.

For example, in March 2017, the United States Department of Justice indicted two FSB officials and their Russian cybercriminal conspirators on computer hacking and conspiracy charges related to the collection of emails of US and European employees of transportation and financial services firms. The charges included conspiring to engage in economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.

There is considerable evidence that Moscow-sponsored cyber operations have  targeted  organizations that seek to report the truth on Kremlin activities. For example, Dutch law-enforcement agents caught red-handed Russian military intelligence operatives involved in a hacking operation against the OPCW (the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).

Even Russian denials are almost-admissions of such practices. Russian president Vladimir Putin is known to have admitted that ‘patriotic hackers’ from Russia might target election campaigns abroad.

Attempts of election meddling are also well documented. Numerous investigations, conducted by the authorities of various countries like Parliament’s committee in the UK , have provided convincing evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum and in elections across Europe and in the US.

Russian meddling in the 2016 election was established by US intelligence agencies. Robert Mueller’s investigation decisively concluded that Russia DID interfere in the 2016 election.

For an overview of Russia's methods of electoral interference see here.

For case studies on Russia's electoral interference see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, US, UK, EU
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Brexit, Cyber
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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US accused Russia of trying to meddle in the 2016 presidential elections without providing any evidence

The claim that Russia tried to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election is a “myth” perpetrated by Western media and by Western politicians despite never having been proven.

Disproof

The story is the latest link in a chain of denials which Moscow has issued regarding its involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

The fact of Russian meddling in the 2016 election was established by the US intelligence community already in January 2017. These findings were confirmed by the US Special Counsel investigation which found that "[t]he Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1). See additional debunking of the "no interference" narrative here.

Climate activists and complicit media manipulate scientific data to impose green dictatorship

Climate activists, world leaders, and the complicit Western media have been quick to link the ongoing Amazon wildfires to man-made climate change and the apocalyptic environmental consequences of human activity. They have even blamed the pro-industrial policies of Brazilian President Bolsonaro for accelerating the Amazon’s demise.

Although studies show that the global occurrence of wildfires is dropping and that human activity has actually helped offset their impact on global climate, environmental campaigners and politicians continue to insist that only the imposition of a benevolent green dictatorship can save our planet from destruction. The Green New Deal, for instance, calls for the abolition of all air travel and stipulates government-overseen wealth redistribution programs beyond anything the communists of the 20th century could dream of.

Disproof

The story cherry-picks data and quotes to undermine the overwhelming scientific consensus on the causes and impact of global warming, and to downplay the gravity of what every country in the world recognizes as an "urgent threat" (p. 1).

Deforestation of the Amazon has accelerated by 20 percent in the past year alone, with experts attributing uncontrolled logging and land invasion in the region to President Bolsonaro's "pro-industrial" policies.

The West is only supporting Georgia with words, not weapons

Western support in certain issues is key, for example in the non-recognition policy. However, the West points out that Georgia should not have any more expectations. It is not allowed to supply Georgia with lethal weapons. Although they recognise that Georgia is an occupied country and that Georgia needs weapons to defend itself from the occupiers, they still do not supply Georgia with weapons – they even do not sell them, not to mention giving them for free.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the West and strategic partners are not able to defend Georgia. The message aims to promote nihilism towards the West.

In fact, In January 2018 Georgia bought Javelin antitank missile system from the US and in August of the same year, Donald Trump signed the Defense Authorization Act that envisages supplying Georgia with lethal military weapons.