Disinfo: Russophobia is one of the major tendencies in American political life

Summary

Accusations of the US Democrats that Trump is helping Russia to be great (instead of the US) are directed against Trump in the context of the upcoming elections, and at the same time against Russia, because Russophobia is one of the major tendencies in American political life.

Disproof

No evidence given; this is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Western belligerence towards Russia and specifically US Russophobia, aimed at attempting to weaken and isolate Russia.

Negative attitudes towards Russia are not simply driven by malicious "Russophobia", as pro-Kremlin media and officials often say, but often derive from assessments of the Kremlin's own policies.

Read here what US democratic presidential candidates have said so far about Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Donald Trump, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija
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The myth about the revolution, democracy, and dignity becomes weaker because it was built on false grounds.

It was, if you like, a coup d’etat, as a result of which some forces came to power instead of other forces.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative depicting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup d’état orchestrated by the West.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine. The onset of the Euromaidan protests was a spontaneous and endogenous reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden withdrawal from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

OPCW report did not indicate use of chemical weapons in Douma

The Douma mission’s initial report questioned the source of the gas cylinders and was unable to explain the apparent minimal damage on it that was inconsistent with the allegations of the cylinders being dropped from the air.

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives aiming to discredit the OPCW.

The alleged "initial report" of the Douma mission dates back to 22 June 2018 and therefore could not have been referring to the final OPCW report on Douma, which was released 1 March 2019.

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Disproof

One of the methods of Kremlin disinformation is to deny the authority of international organisations and independent agencies and question their mission.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments around the world. Its key purpose is to carry out the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and in all countries. WADA reports cases of non-compliance to its stakeholders who have jurisdiction to impose sanctions, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Olympic charter was amended in 2003 to state that the adoption of the Code by the Olympic movement is mandatory. Only sports that adopt and implement the Code can be included and remain in the programme of the Olympic Games. If a country does not ratify the International Convention against Doping in Sport, it may be subject to sanctions from the IOC and from other sports organisations, including losing the right to host the Olympic Games.