Disinfo: Russia never interferes in other countries’ affairs

Summary

Moscow never interferes in the affairs of its neighbours and other countries and supports existing governments in their efforts to restore stability.

Disproof

A pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia being respectful of international law, and never interfering in other country's affairs. The claim was not counterbalanced or critically challenged in the Article.

Russia has a long record of violating other states' sovereignty and territorial integrity. Since 1991, Russia was involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighbouring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Many international organisations condemned Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the European Parliament's declaration.

It was also Russia that interfered in Ukraine. In 2014 Russia annexed a part of Ukrainian territory - the Crimean peninsula. The so-called referendum on the peninsula was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on the 27th of February 2014, and held on 16th of March 2014. Read the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea here.

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 68/262, adopted on 27 March 2014 and supported by 100 states, clearly says that Russia's actions in Crimea, as well as the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, violate international law. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also admitted the military presence of Russia in Ukraine in 2015.

Moreover, numerous investigations have provided convincing evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum and in elections across Europe and in the US.

See similar cases that Russia has never interfered in the internal affairs of any country and that Russia respects the sovereignty of all states.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK, Russia, Ukraine, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Brexit, Manipulated elections/referendum, Russo-Georgian War, International Law, Sovereignty, Referendum

Disclaimer

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Disproof

Unfounded claims, not supported by even a hint of evidence, that Navalny is cooperating with “Western intelligence”. 

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EU funds the protests in Kyrgyzstan in exchange for valuable minerals

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The foreign guest asks in a business-like manner, “how much”? And gives the oppositioner his phone – “type in the sum”.

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The EU envoy said: “we will give money, if there are protests like in Belarus”.

Disproof

Disinformation about the EU and Kyrgyzstan.

The disinformation claim appeared after a video was released on the internet of a meeting between an EU diplomat and a leader of an opposition  Chon Kazat party in Kyrgyzstan. The grainy video was taped in secret without the audio, subtitles were later added to it. There is no evidence to support any claims made in the video.

Armenia is a country controlled by the Soros Foundation

Armenia is a country controlled by the Soros Foundation.

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It is no coincidence that the George Soros Foundation, that is called the godfather of the “colour revolutions”, carried out its activities in Armenia until 2018.

Disproof

A disinformation narrative with no evidence given. Conspiracy theory about George Soros being a puppet master who organises 'colour revolutions' in post-communist states.

The Open Society Foundation-Armenia has contributed over $53 million to Armenia since it began its work in 1997. Since then the foundation has supported a broad range of civil society groups, including women’s shelters, investigative journalism outlets, human rights defenders, and organisations monitoring elections and public spending.