Disinfo: Russia never intervened in American affairs

Summary

Russia has never interfered in American affairs and has no intention of doing so.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Moscow's interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

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

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  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian, Elections
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The United States is now provoking tensions between Russia and Ukraine

The United States is now provoking tensions between Russia and Ukraine. And it really could lead to some serious military clash. The US is deliberately provoking Moscow to take tough actions against the shelling, when a rather serious number of people are dying in the territory of the unrecognised republics. They provoke to strengthen their position and to not let Europe reach an agreement with Russia in these difficult circumstances.

Disproof

The claim advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives casting Ukraine as a US client state, and implicitly painting the ongoing armed aggression in Ukraine as an internal affair.

The participants of the show discussed how the US conducts foreign policy and what role Ukraine has there. They claimed that Ukraine is totally dependable on the US, and is playing the role of pawn in the political game when the US is trying to confront China and Russia. The war on Donbas here is one of the instruments of impact.

US prepared people in different parts of the world to organise protests

Have you noticed that they [the media] are showing people now who is guiding the crowd? ‘This is where the bricks are stacked’. This wildly reminds me of Yegor Zhukov and his comrades during the August riots in Moscow, it is the same style and same system of organisation. Now the Americans are fed up with their own product. They prepared people like Yegor Zhukov in different parts of the world, they prepared them to organise protests. Well, now they got protests at home.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the United States supports so-called "colour revolutions" around the world. This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, as Western-funded "colour revolutions", including the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan) in Ukraine, which began in 2013 without any outside influence.

Yegor Zhukov, a Russian student and activist, is also mentioned. Russian media claimed that Mr. Zhukov "has long been known for his calls for revolutions", which has no evidence. There is also no evidence that Mr. Zhukov was somehow "prepared" by the US to organise protests in Russia.

There’s no evidence that Russia was involved in hacking the Bundestag

There’s no reason to believe in what the German security stated. No human investigator and nobody in the Russian Federation has access to the results of the German investigation that prove Russian hacking of the Bundestag.

Disproof

Unsubstantiated claims obfuscating Russia's responsibility for cyber attacks on the German Parliament in 2015.

The German domestic intelligence agency said Russia was behind a series of attacks on German state computer systems, including the German parliament in 2015. According to the reports from the German media, the federal prosecutor's office has issued an international arrest warrant against Dmitriy Badin, a hacker reportedly working for the Russian military intelligence service, in relation to the cyber attack.