Disinfo: The foreign agents' network has occupied Armenia

Summary

Today, we are witnessing how Armenia is stepping back from the prospect of being a sovereign state. The foreign agents’ network has occupied the state system. And consistently disrupts national and state institutions.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about lost sovereignty. This disinformation message promotes the concept of a big conspiracy and is consistent with the recurring Shadow Government narrative, which pro-Kremlin disinformation sources often deploy as a rhetorical device to undermine the West and the international liberal-democratic institutional order.

It is also aimed at discrediting a number of democratic and liberal concepts such as civil society, and to question the legitimacy of Armenian state institutions. No evidence is given to support the speculative claim that Armenian authorities are foreign agents.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that global neo-colonialists stage colour revolutions and conquer indigenous national elites, that the Anglo-Saxons rule America “from abroad” and are now trying to control Russia, that Armenia is under Soros occupation, and that agents of Soros are destroying Armenian statehood, that Armenia is under Anglo-American occupation, and that Open Society Foundations-Armenia, as well as dozens of other foundations and NGOs in Armenia, are serving foreign agendas aimed at the collapse of Armenian statehood.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Armenia
  • Keywords: Sovereignty, Conspiracy theory
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Poland, Baltic states and Ukraine are Russophobic and anti-Semitic

It is not surprising that the events dedicated to the Holocaust victims memory were not honoured by the presidents of Poland, Baltic countries, and Ukraine. Volodimir Zelenskyy came to Israel but did not go to the world forum to combat anti-Semitism. The point here is not only the long-standing anti-Semitism common in these countries. All these states are infected with Russophobia. They are trying to present the defeat of Nazi Germany as a simple change of one occupation to another – German to Soviet. The thesis of a “war on two fronts,” against the “two totalitarian regimes” unites Warsaw and Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Kyiv joined them as well.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on anti-Semitism and Russophobia. An attempt to depict EU member states and Ukraine as anti-Semitic.

Anti-Semitism is a tragic part of European history, and few countries can claim to have never hosted anti-Semitic sentiment. There is also no doubt that the manifestations of anti-Semitism still can be encountered in the European public discourse. EU and all member states have at several occasions clearly denounced anti-Semitism and committed to combating it.

The European Parliament resolution on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is aimed at the demonisation of Russia

Currently, there is an anti-Russian campaign going on, it is aimed at the demonisation of Russia. Unfortunately, Poland also takes part in this campaign. Polish politicians were present among the initiators of a completely outrageous resolution of the European Parliament, which makes the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany equally responsible for the outbreak of World War II.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as not aggressive. Recently, pro-Kremlin media has been actively spreading various disinformation messages referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies.

Ruthless Poland is not open for any civilized discussion on historical issues

In recent years, Poland promoted its historical narratives in a way which does not allow any opposing views. Poland is ruthless in the presentation of its vision of history and it does not see any possibilities for a civilized discussion on historical issues.

Disproof

This message is part of the ongoing Russian disinformation attack against Poland, promoting false historical narratives such as the alleged responsibility of Poland for WWII and the Holocaust.

In the statement of 21 December 2019, Polish authorities reiterated their openness to continue the historical dialogue with Russia, for example through the restart of the work of the bilateral Group on Difficult Issues. However, they stated, the recent words of President Putin regarding Polish history have ruined the outcomes of cooperation of the Polish and Russian historians, who tried to look for the ways of reconciliation in the Polish-Russian relations.