Disinfo: The judges of the ECHR are affiliated with Soros

Summary

The majority of the judges of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) are affiliated with George Soros' NGO network.

The ECHR's decision demanding the release of Alexei Navalny from prison constitutes interference into Russia's internal affairs, and the court did not take into account Moscow's data on the condition's of Navalny's detention. The court overstepped its boundaries with the decision and it is not based on facts.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the ECHR after their decision on Alexei Navalny.

The fact that some lawyers worked at some point in their career for an NGO that received funds from the Open Society Foundation before becoming a judge for the ECHR is not sufficient to declare a potential conflict of interest. The recruitment process for judges to the ECHR is as follows; each member state of the Council of Europe, incl Russia, proposes three candidates, from whom one is elected for a 9 years non-renewable mandate. This ensures the diversity of the court. Therefore, it is hard to argue that the judges' decision would be motivated by their political affiliations.

Second, as for the Navalny ruling itself, the report conveniently omits the section of the document which grounds the Court's decision both in judicial precedent and with reference to the European Convention of Human Rights. The omitted portion states that failure on Russia's part to comply with the request "may entail a breach of Article 34 of the Convention," a provision granting any individual, group, or non-governmental entity based in a signatory state the right to lodge proceedings with the Court "claiming to be the victim of a violation by one of the High Contracting Parties of the rights set forth in the Convention," and requiring the signatory state "not to hinder in any way the effective exercise of this right."

Moreover, the communique makes reference to the 2005 ECHR judgment in Mamatkulov and Askarov v. Turkey, arguing that the operative part of the judgment applies to the Russian state's treatment of Navalny [see paras. 128-9 and point 5 of the operative part beginning with "For these reasons, the court..."].

Third, the ECHR statement is not so much a "demand" as a reminder of Russia's obligation to observe the provisions of the Convention, which it voluntarily assumed upon joining the Council of Europe in 1996.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: George Soros, ECHR, Alexei Navalny
see more

The Great Reset plan aims to establish total control over people’s minds

The Great Reset plan, devised by globalist élites, aims to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to establish total control over people’s minds by means of total surveillance, censorship and manipulation of social media, and the collection of data on everyone.

Disproof

Disinformation presented without supporting evidence. This article combines recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about secret global elites who rule the world with the new Great Reset conspiracy theory. It is also consistent with narratives about the Covid-19 pandemic that are often spread by pro-Kremlin outlets.

The Great Reset is an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming the existence of a plot to create a global totalitarian regime to completely control the world's population by exploiting Covid-19. It is completely unfounded.

The West supports the unofficial Russian opposition

The West gave widespread support to Russia's unofficial opposition and turned a blind eye to its domestic political problems. Unfortunately, many European Union countries do not seem to adhere to their principles under pressure from the United States.

Disproof

This claim includes two recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives.

First, the claim that the West is supporting what it describes as the "unofficial" Russian opposition is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors in order to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change.

Ukraine is preparing a military escalation in Donbas

Despite false statements about the desire for peace, Ukraine is openly preparing for an escalation of the conflict in Donbas. The first evidence is an attempt to buy military trash from benefactors, thereby making Western manufacturers happy and freeing up space in their landfills. The second is Ukraine's jubilation over another handout of $125 million, which was announced at the Pentagon. The third one manifests itself in calls for war and killings, together with the blocking of TV channels that opposed the Ukrainian aggression in Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine is not preparing a military escalation in Donbas. The Ukrainian government has mentioned numerous times that Ukraine is not interested in the war in Donbas and prefers to settle the conflict by peaceful political means. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine believes that the Minsk agreements is the only option to end the war in Donbas.