Disinfo: Soros backs George Floyd protests in US, Bill Gates looms nearby

Summary

From the very beginning, there was no doubt that the opponents of Donald Trump will use the unrest provoked by the death of dark-skinned George Floyd to the fullest. It is noteworthy that hotspots of tension flared up simultaneously in several states at once – as if rebel groups were just waiting for a signal from one coordination office.

Media syndicates focus exclusively one the police exceeding their powers, scaling the protest wave. In August 2014, similar events and for a similar reason happened in Ferguson, Missouri. It turned out that then the notorious financier George Soros played a large role in the riots then. Nearby looms the personality of Bill Gates, who is now interested in the Trump fiasco more than others.

Then it became known that companies and organizations controlled by Soros could be involved in financing black gangs that staged riots in Ferguson. The incriminating documents posted on the Internet by the DC Leaks hacker group testified that the preparations for the action took four years. This means that these kinds of protests were well organised, and the murder of a black man was most likely a pre-planned provocation.

For example, tax returns indicated that George Soros spent $ 33 million to support “trusted organizations representing the original interests of the American Ferguson population.” By a “strange” coincidence, it was these structures, consisting of outright radicals and even Salafists, who were in the forefront of those who organized riots and unrest in Ferguson after the murder of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown.

The current actions of media tycoons are fomenting an interracial massacre in the United States, following the Ferguson events model, to address the political agenda. And this is no coincidence. Especially from Soros.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurrent conspiracy known as "it is always George Soros' fault".

See similar narrative examples on Bill Gates.

The Ferguson, Missouri, protests began with the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was shot and killed by the police on August 9, 2014. Brown’s killing and the subsequent events in Ferguson became a national controversy touching on much larger national issues of race, justice, and police violence.

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 the 25th of May, 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US.

The conspiracy narrative rejects any objective reasons of the protests, attributing a premeditation to the billionaire George Soros. No such evidence of plans to foment unrest was found in Soros' e-mails allegedly hacked by Russian hackers.

It is noteworthy that the article does not specify the supposed role of another popular target of conspiracies Bill Gates, who is just said to be "looming nearby".

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, George Soros
see more

US tests ethnic weapons against Slavs in its biolabs in Ukraine

The US built 8 biological laboratories in Ukraine where they develop and test malicious viruses on Slav populations.

Disproof

This is a recurring conspiracy theory alleging, without evidence, that the United States develops biological weapons and has secret biological laboratories around the world. The disinformation claim also capitalises on the oft-recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia, as well as laboratories in Ukraine, all of them encircling Russia. According to this and similar claims, the main task of these labs is to create "combat" viruses against Russians.

Actually, virology laboratories in Ukraine are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases by pathogens and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism. In April, the US Embassy in Ukraine reaffirmed that the country offers its support to ensure Ukraine can detect and report outbreaks caused by dangerous pathogens before they pose security or stability threats. In June the Ukrainian health ministry answered to a Member of Ukrainian Parliament supporting the idea of secret US labs, that there were no such laboratories. The more the story is proved not based on fact, the more its pro-Russian supporters find it "interesting".

Blacks commit 80% of crimes against the person in US

In America, some 20 million crimes against the person are committed [annually]. Of these, 80 percent are committed by African Americans.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative around the ongoing racial justice protests in the US.

Both numbers are grossly exaggerated. The most recent FBI figures available show that a combined 1,187,349 crimes against the person were committed in the US: 392,562 offenses classified as "violent crime" (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) plus 794,787 classified as "other assaults."

West falsely claims Russian media not free

In 2020 Russia ranks 149 on the World Press Freedom Index, annually published by Reporters Without Borders.

Many in the West will take this for a fact, because for decades their media have been hammering into their heads the Kremlin kills journalists. However, the numbers given by New York based Committee To Protect Journalists clearly indicate that under Putin’s predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, things were much worse.

The same press freedom index ranks The Netherlands 5th globally, but this certainly does not mean that a Dutch journalist is better off than a Russian one. In Russia, it’s possible for the media to depict president Vladimir Putin as a dog, like The Moscow Times did. In the Netherlands, offending the king carries a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a 20,500 euro fine. 

Disproof

The article combines cherry-picking and outright falsehoods to support its central claim. 

The RSF Press Freedom Index is based on a detailed methodology which evaluates a given country’s media freedom based on 87 questions posed to “media professionals, lawyers, and sociologists” based within that country. Answers to these questions are then converted into six qualitative indicators, such as “pluralism,” “media independence,” self-censorship,” and “transparency,” which in turn form the basis of the country’s press freedom ranking.