Disinfo: Myth of “Russian interference” in the US elections was created by American IT corporations

Summary

The myth of “Russian interference” in the US elections was created by large American IT corporations: Facebook, Google, Amazon. The ones that supported the Democratic Party and its candidate Hillary Clinton.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Available evidence suggests that Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential poll - which was specifically aimed at damaging Clinton's campaign and aid her opponent - did affect the vote, particularly in three critical swing states where Trump's victory margins were the thinnest. In the US, Russian-linked posts reached 126 million Facebook users, whilst 29 million saw the content "directly".

In addition, the US Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections. Previously, 13 Russian citizens, as well as the Internet Research Agency (IRA), Concord Management and Concord Catering, had been charged with interfering in the US political system.

Robert Mueller's investigation also concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Mueller's report determined that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election". The first involved attempts by the Internet Research Agency to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the US to sow social discord, with the aim of interfering with the election. The second involved the Russian government's efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election.

See similar cases claiming that the notion of “Russian influence” in the US is an absurd conspiracy theory, or that Allegations of Russian meddling in US elections are absolutely insane.

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  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Google, social media, election meddling, Facebook, Hillary Clinton, Elections

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Prigozhin has no business projects in Libya

Saint-Petersburg businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin emphasised that he does not have business projects in Libya, as the EU claims.

Disproof

According to the EU's Official Journal, Prigozhin was recently subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. It said he “is engaged in and providing support for the Wagner Group’s activities in Libya, which threaten the country’s peace, stability, and security.” The Wagner Group is a GRU-connected Russian military contractor force active in Libya, Syria, Africa and Eastern Ukraine. Wagner first surfaced during the Russian annexation of Crimea, assisting unidentifiable Russian military units, known as “little green men”.

Prigozhin’s Evro Polis firm signed a contract with the Syrian state-owned General Petroleum Corporation around January 2018, granting Evro Polis 25% of the output from any petroleum facilities retaken for Assad. Wagner’s risky assault on the Deir ez-Zor Conoco outpost occurred a mere month after the Evro Polis deal, and phone calls intercepted by U.S. intelligence reveal Prigozhin participated directly in planning the attack.

The West staged “The Navalny Poisoning” to interfere in Russia’s elections

With the sanctions against leading figures in Russian politics, the West has practically openly admitted to its plans to interfere in the upcoming elections in 2021 and 2024, attacking those, who are responsible for organising the elections. This attack is performed through Navalny, no one even attempts to hide this.

The West has shown its hand. It is finally apparent who ordered the set-up and why it was done. Without this, the West would not have had a chance to promote Navalny, neither on the international level, nor inside Russia.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory presented without evidence. It is consistent with the Kremlin propaganda narrative that the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader is designed to help the West attack Russia.

Previously we have seen other similar narratives such as the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia and West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko.

Ukraine may buy the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 indirectly through EU

Ukraine may receive the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 through the EU under the guise of European products. Kyiv will receive the drug at greatly inflated prices, although in order to receive it directly from Moscow, “Ukraine’s only desire is enough,” since Russia is not opposed to providing the vaccine. However, the Ukrainian government refuses this option because of the desire to make money on purchases through Europe. And this is an affair, on which you can make billions.

Disproof

Ukraine is unlikely to have the opportunity to purchase the Russian vaccine from any of the EU countries since none of these countries announced their intention to buy it. According to the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, "The EU has confirmed that it will help Ukraine get a real vaccine when it appears and when it does no cast doubts of the scientists."

In general, there are widespread concerns that the approval of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus is premature. At the time of approval, the vaccine had not even started phase 3 trials, reminds the Lancet.