Russophobic UK spoiled relations between the two countries for good

Summary

Because of the Russophobic attitude of the UK, Russian-British relations represent the most significant conflict in Europe. It is an example of how deep-rooted prejudices can spoil relations between the two countries for good.

British Russophobia has gone so far as to accuse Russia of interfering with the referendum where the UK citizens decided to leave the EU.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative linking the UK and Russophobia with no evidence provided. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything.

By accusing Western societies of “Russophobia”, pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets downgrade criticism of Kremlin policies and actions to being somehow irrational and not worthy of a serious reply. Read previous disinformation message stating that Russophobia is an integral part of British foreign policy.

Regarding the second part of this message about Russian involvement in Brexit, studies show that Russia had an interest in influencing the discussion on Brexit: "the day of the Brexit vote, Russia mobilised an army of trolls, which at one stage included 3,800 accounts. The fake accounts Tweeted out 1,102 posts with the hashtag #ReasonsToLeaveEU."

While the Kremlin explicitly promoted the Leave campaign, Russia-linked Twitter accounts in fact spread both pro- and anti-Brexit narratives in the run-up to the referendum to create chaos and confusion.

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  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: Russia, UK, Syria
  • Keywords: Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija
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The White Helmets are in fairly close contact with the top of the terrorist groups

The Syrian Civil Defense opposition organisation (White Helmets) is in close contact with Western intelligence agencies. The Mayday Rescue fund, registered in the Netherlands, was the “cover” for contacts and financing the provocateur organisation. Moreover, White Helmets are in rather close contact with the top of terrorist groups.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the association of the White Helmets with terrorism in Syria.

The White Helmets are a volunteer search and rescue organisation made up of a group of Syrian civilians who mobilized to help war casualties in Syria, namely injured civilians trapped under the rubble of destroyed buildings. The organisation - which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters - states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to render services to anyone in need.

Bolivia became a US target because of its lithium reserves

Bolivia has one of the world’s largest lithium reserves, thus making it disproportionately strategic. In hindsight, it therefore wasn’t surprising at all that the US would target Bolivia for regime change since it always wanted to dominate the global lithium industry and create a geo-strategic wedge for perpetuating its historic divide-and-rule policy in South America, both of which are in the process of being accomplished after the recent military coup.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

This is part of a recurrent disinformation narrative about US-led regime change operations against left wing governments in Latin America. Here are such as the alleged presence of a US marine in the Venezuelan barricades and the promotion of a Ukraine-style 'colour revolution', the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country, preparations for a military intervention after forcing Brazil to join NATO, deliberate blackouts in South America caused by the US, or the existence of plans for the secession of oil-rich regions in both Venezuela and Mexico.

Al Baghdadi was an American product

Al-Baghdadi was [if he is really dead] an American product. IS was established after the illegal invasion of Iraq, the collapse of the Iraqi state, and the release of extremists who were detained by the US. Therefore, the Americans have destroyed the person they have produced, if it is true that they killed him.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory perpetuating a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the US or NATO has created and is supporting global terrorism, and that Al Baghdadi might have not been really killed. Pro-Kremlin media have not produced any evidence to support either claim. In reality, the US is committed to fighting terrorist organisations, such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda.

This is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation strategy to raise doubts about the death of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. Details of the operation to eliminate Al Baghdadi have been confirmed by the Pentagon, the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Global Coalition against Daesh, and Iraqi intelligence. Even Daesh/ISIS have acknowledged Al Baghdadi's death. Parts of the footage filmed by US troops involved in the operation were recently released by the Pentagon.