Disinfo: The protests by the supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili were organised by the US in order to destabilize Russia before the presidential election

Summary

The task is to create a hotbed of tension at the borders of Russia ahead of the presidential election in Russia.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory.  It is Russia, not the US, who annexed Crimea and waged a war in Donbas, creating tension at its borders.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue85
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Destabilising Russia, Mikheil Saakashvili, Elections, Ukrainian statehood

Disclaimer

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The Fascist regime of Ukraine is planning a war against Russia

The Fascist regime of Ukraine is planning a war against Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. No sign of a Fascist regime in Ukraine.

Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections (report http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/119078?download=true) as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." The OSCE characterised the 2014 parliamentary elections (report http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/126043) as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

Ukrainian Law on Education is racist and National Socialist

The Ukrainian law on education is created on the basis of race theory. It is a theory of National Socialism, banned in Europe and condemned in Nuremberg.

 

Disproof

No evidence of racism in the newly adopted Ukrainian education law. Ukrainian authorities have submitted the text to the Venice Commission for an opinion which shall be delivered by the end of 2017. More on background of the law and the controversies it has raised http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/73272.

The US has sparked a conflict in Ukraine to disrupt the deal between Putin and Merkel over the long-term supply of Russian gas to the EU and replace it with the American shale gas

The conflict in Ukraine broke out because the US was interested in the market. Putin has concluded a 25-year agreement with Merkel on the supply of oil and gas. Naturally, the US had an excess of shale gas, of inadequate quality, and it was necessary to create a hotbed of tension.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. The EU continues buying Russian natural gas.