Russian Federation did not attempt to influence the US presidential in 2016

Summary

The accusations against the Russian Federation of attempting to influence the presidential elections in the United States are false.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "Russiagate".

Before the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 election had already been established by US intelligence agencies.

Robert Mueller’s report maintains that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”.  Nevertheless, it states that Russian interference activities DID take place.

As concluded earlier by the US intelligence community and by Mueller’s own inquiry “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”.

For further information, please see here.

For other cases about Russian interference in the US elections 2016, please see here:

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 150
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: United States, Russia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Democracy, Manipulated elections/referendum, Donald Trump, Elections
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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The West wants to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations by promoting Belarusian nationalism similar to the Ukrainian model. It is reported that the US and Poland have stopped financing all human rights organisations in Belarus in exchange for a nationalistic course set by Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The most important news opportunities for the promotion of nationalistic Belarusian sentiments in the Belarusian society are the anniversary of the Belarusian Popular Republic, the Kurapaty memorial site, the construction of Belarusian nuclear power plant, and discrediting the Russian Orthodox Church. Public protests are in a way the Belarusian opposition’s form of reporting to the West.

Disproof

This message is a conspiracy consistent with most common Belarus-related pro-Kremlin narratives, that is about the West's attempts to stage a colour revolution in Belarus, to turn Belarus into an anti-Russian country, about Belarusian democratic opposition, civil society and independent media being subservient to the West, and that the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is favoured by the West in order to organise a full-scale split from the Russian Orthodox Church. Furthermore, the message mentions Kurapaty memorial site which has recently turned into another object of pro-Kremlin propaganda claiming that the West attempts to use the memorial to destabilize Belarus.

 

EU’s political aim behind the Eastern Partnership Programme is to isolate Russia

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Disproof

This message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West's, and in this case, the EU's intention to encircle Russia and the former’s attempts to bring discord in Belarusian-Russian relations.

The Eastern Partnership programme aims to reinforce the political association and economic integration of six Eastern European and South Caucasus partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It is not directed against any country, including Russia.

In contrast to Russia, western Europe is abandoning Christian roots

Western Europe is moving away from its Christian roots. The western European society gets dominated by materialism and pursuit of money. Western Europeans are disappointed with the Christian church primarily because of the way of life of local priests, which is full of materialism and debauchery. European culture has abandoned Christianity, and is getting absorbed by Muslim migrants. In contrast, the Russian Orthodox Church has preserved the original Christian spirit. Eastern Slavs are more likely to sacrifice themselves and their lives for the others.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Islamisation of Europe, in line with a similar narrative on the morally decaying West.

Despite the dropping levels of religious practice in Europe, the majority of western Europeans still identify themselves as Christians, a 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center shows. According to the same survey, 31% of western Europeans who identify themselves as Christians attend religious services at least monthly. At the same time one of the 2018 polls in Russia concluded that 17% of Russians who identify themselves as Orthodox Christians attend church at least monthly.