Disinfo: Russiagate is a Deep State-backed conspiracy theory


The so-called “Russian meddling” in the 2016 US presidential election, better known as Russiagate, is a debunked Deep State-backed conspiracy theory which was pushed by the mainstream media in an attempt to delegitimise the election.


The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleging that US/Western democratic procedures are overridden by a secret anti-Trump bureaucracy. The fact of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential poll was initially established by the US intelligence community in January 2017 and further confirmed upon the publication of the Special Counsel Investigation report in March 2019. In the course of the two-year probe, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller "issued more than 2,800 subpoeanas; [...] executed nearly 500 search-and-seizure warrants; [...] obtained more than 230 orders for communications records; [...] and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, including almost 80 before a grand jury" (Mueller report, p. 13), and concluded that Moscow had "interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1). See here for a summary of the report's findings. The claim that the meddling allegations were used to excuse Hillary Clinton's loss defies both time and logic. Efforts by Moscow to hurt the Clinton campaign were reported already in June 2016, some five months before her electoral defeat. The initial FBI probe into Russian interference operations was launched in late July 2016. It is therefore unclear how these revelations were meant to excuse Clinton's performance before election day, seeing as she commanded a decisive polling lead over Trump right up until 8 November.


  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Mainstream media, Deep state, Manipulated elections/referendum, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Conspiracy theory


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Maidan in Belarus, like Euromaidan, is directed against Russia

By its goals and objectives, Belomaidan is no different from the Euromaidan, and is directed against Russia and the Russian population of Belarus (which is an absolute majority).


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about colour revolutions and Belarus. The protests in Belarus are not directed against Russia. People of Belarus took to the streets after a presidential elections on the 9 August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair. There is no evidence that the protests in Belarus are funded and organised externally or are directed against Russia or the Russian speaking population in Belarus. The objectives of the protests are set forth by the Coordination Council of Belarus opposition. They include: an end to political persecution of citizens, the release of all political prisoners, the annulment of the 9 August presidential election results, the need to hold new elections based on international standards. Euromaidan too was not directed against Russia. It was a spontaneous protest against the decision of President Viktor Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence. See similar cases claiming that the protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to a Maidan scenario and that the West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus.

The Tavistock Institute is largely responsible for the proliferation of perverts all over the world

The Tavistock Institute in London is largely responsible for the proliferation of perverts all over the world, under the smokescreen of tolerance. The Tavistock Institute, which conducts rather serious work in the fields of social engineering and manipulation, is also currently involved in supporting colour revolutions.


Conspiracy theory. The claim advanced recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that certain Western organisations exercise an enormous amount of secret influence on global affairs. Pro-Kremlin outlets have singled out various organisations as alleged secret centres of global power. For example, the Bilderberg Group is often depicted by pro-Kremlin conspiracy theories as a secret “world government”. The London-based Tavistock Institute has been depicted by some pro-Kremlin outlets as a secret organisation that shapes and controls global culture and public opinion. For example, such outlets have alleged that the Tavistock Institute created the Beatles and the subculture of rebellion, drugs and sexual permissiveness surrounding them. These narratives relayed by pro-Kremlin media are based on a number of conspiracy theories about the Tavistock Institute developed by Western authors. These conspiracy theories are completely devoid of any factual basis. The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations is a not-for-profit organisation specialised in applying social science to contemporary issues and problems, especially in the field of management and organisational theory and practice. The institute, a spin-off from the psychoanalytically oriented Tavistock Clinic, was established in 1947. The aim was to apply wartime breakthroughs in large-scale social psychiatry, pioneered in the army, to peacetime issues - notably the effectiveness of organisations. The article also contains the recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative portraying the West as depraved, an immoral actor that fights against traditional values, promoting deviant sexual behaviour and endangering societies and imposing the same in other countries. See a previous case claiming that satanic and criminal Western élites promote sexual perversions.

US imposed sanctions on Russian institutions over COVID-19 vaccine development

The second thing we [Russia] will surely see in the near future is a clash [with Western countries] over the vaccine. We are still awaiting sanctions for the COVID-19 vaccine. After all, they have already imposed sanctions on those institutions that participated in the development of it [the Russian COVID-19 vaccine].


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the western sanctions against Russia. The US Bureau of Industry and Security is indeed imposing sanctions on three Russian research institutions. This is stated in the document of the US Bureau of Industry and Security dated 27 August. US sanctions have nothing to do with the production of a vaccine against the new strain of coronavirus. According to the document the sanctioned entities are associated with development of biological and chemical weapons in Russia:

The ERC [the End-User Review Committee, composed of representatives of the Departments of Commerce, State, Defense, Energy and, where appropriate, the Treasury] has determined to add 33rd Scientific Research and Testing Institute; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Kirov; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Sergiev Posad; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Yekaterinburg; and State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology under the destination of Russia, based on their involvement with the Russian military. Specifically, the ERC has reasonable cause to believe that 33rd Scientific Research and Testing Institute is a Ministry of Defense facility associated with the Russian chemical program and chemical weapons testing range, and that State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology is a Russian Ministry of Defense facility associated with the Russian chemical weapons program. The ERC also has reasonable cause to believe that 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Kirov; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Sergiev Posad; and 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Yekaterinburg are Ministry of Defense facilities associated with the Russian biological weapons program.

The list also includes companies from China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Switzerland and the UAE.