Disinfo: Russia does not interfere in other countries sovereign affairs

Summary

Russia has never been a colonial country. Also, Russia has never known what is called looting of foreign countries. Our foreign policy is based on respect for international law and does not accept attempts to dominate, dictate the will of others over independent countries, nor interfere in the affairs of their sovereignty.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative praising peaceful Russia and its superiority over other countries. 

Russia has a long track-record in interfering with other countries' sovereign affairs.

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. In 2014, Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was violation of international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control, with no international body recognising it.

A year after the illegal “return”, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

In December 2019, the Office of the Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Court published a report on crimes committed by Russia against Crimeans. Among them, torture, abduction, murder, arrests and other egregious cases of violation of human rights by Russian invaders were recorded (paragraphs 272, 273 of the report).

Further reading available on debate around Russia's relationship to colonialism.

 

See other examples of this disinformation narrative about Russia as a victim, such as claims about alleged plans to encircle Russia or to wage war against it; the supposed anti-Russian bias of international institutions - be it the OPCW, the World Anti-Doping Agency or the United Nations - which always falsely accuse Russia; the alleged Russophobia of the EU;  or denials that Russia had any role in the poisoning of Sergey Skripal or the downing of MH17, that it interfered in other countries’ elections or that it is waging a disinformation campaign on COVID-19.

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  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Imperialism/colonialism, Russian superiority, Occupation, Manipulated elections/referendum, International Law, War in Ukraine, Crimea
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Second civil war began in the USA

America has lost its landmarks, and a country that has lost its landmarks begins to distort and destroy its past. The second Civil War in the United States actually began.

Disproof

Part of recurring pro-Kremlin false messaging about a civil war in the US, earlier seen in relation with the migration crisis in the EU, aiming to show an imminent collapse of a certain country

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US. Despite high polarisation in the US, the unrest is not a civil war. The situation was very tense and protests spread to all 50 states of the country, top military officials and police officers worked to de-escalate the situation and demonstrations became largely peaceful. However, also violent confrontation continues. 

Clinton and Biden are preparing a coup d’etat in the United States

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are preparing a coup d’etat in the United States.

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Here we are talking about the forceful elimination of political opponents, as well as members of their families and ordinary supporters of the Republican Party, who will not accept usurpation of power by Clinton. The coup will be covered up with another portion of anti-Russian rhetoric, and hatred towards supporters of Trump. Ukrainian scenario might repeat already not in Kyiv, but in Washington. 

Group of “unknown snipers” to create a “democratic heavenly hundred” will be easily found by the American directors of color revolutions, that is not a problem. — The electoral drama may turn into a real bloody tragedy.

Disproof

No evidence given of any coup preparations. Conspiracy theory about the upcoming US presidential elections using a recurring method of drawing parallels between Ukraine, Euromaidan, and the US 2020 elections.

Democratic candidate for US president, Joe Biden, warned of potential efforts by China and Russia to disrupt the November election.

The US sold patrol boats to Ukraine because it wants revenge in Crimea

The US sold 16 Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine to reinforce the defence capabilities of the country. However, while both countries try to hide their intentions, it is clear that they both want revenge in Crimea. Washington is willing to help Ukraine to fight Russia in the sea. The US wants to undermine Russia’s national security with the sale of these boats. The US is helping Ukraine to increase its naval fleet in the Azov Sea in order to challenge Russia’s presence in Crimea. According to the Pentagon, this sale will reinforce Ukraine’s capabilities “to repeal current and future threats”, which doubtlessly is a reference to Russia. However, it has been Ukraine who threatened Crimea’s security in the last years.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea and Ukraine, accusing other countries of taking aggressive actions in order to divert attention from its own violations of international law in the region.

The sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats was approved in the frame of the US support strategy to improve the security of Ukraine, and on the understanding that this equipment doesn’t alter the basic military balance in the region. The boats are not designed for sea combat, but for force protection and supporting maritime intercept, search and seizure operations, among other tasks. This is an attempt to portray Ukraine and the US as the aggressors in Crimea when it was actually Russia’s illegal takeover of the territory in 2014 that triggered the current conflict.