Disinfo: The undemocratic nature of Brussels appears: it is controlled by a few hidden billionaires

Summary

As the European Union sinks into paralysis, its undemocratic – not to say oligarchic – nature appears. In Brussels, pressure groups have taken over the people. Non few billionaires, who are not elected, now secretly control humanity. The most single-minded is George Soros who infiltrated European institutions and advocates for migrants. Bill Gates is a kind of health minister of this secret government. And he doesn’t have any medical diploma!

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "secret elites" or a global "shadow" government controlling the world. As explained in this overview of common pro-Kremlin narratives, the notion of "evil elites" that are out of touch with ordinary people is a well-known populist trope used to provoke distrust in institutions and the political establishment - which is one of the primary aims of the Kremlin's disinformation campaign. George Soros and Bill Gates are both frequent targets of pro-Kremlin disinformation: Soros for his financing of NGOs supporting human rights and democracy (read more here) and Gates for his work on public health, which has triggered multiple conspiracy theories in context of the COVID-19 pandemic that the pro-Kremlin media has actively promoted (read more here). Philanthropic efforts by billionaires like Soros and Gates are no evidence of "global control". In democratic states, including the EU, the activities of lobbies are carefully regulated.

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  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU
  • Keywords: Oligarchs, Bill Gates, Democracy, Secret elites / global elites, George Soros
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Paedophilia is legalised in Armenia

Paedophilia is legalised. In fact, a document was adopted, that forces the education system from an early age to teach defilement to children. Including introducing them to the LGBT. For the first time in our legislation, the category of sexual orientation is fixed. That is, LGBT people and other perverts will have separate legal protection.

Disproof

This disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western moral decay, as well as about imposing on countries international conventions and laws that destroy the moral foundations of traditional societies. Armenian Parliament has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as “the Lanzarote Convention”. The Convention requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe, and beyond, shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators. Armenia has signed the convention in 2010. The Convention is a major step forward in the prevention of sexual offences against children, the prosecution of perpetrators and the protection of child victims. The protection of children is at the heart of this convention. It focuses throughout on respect for children’s rights, ensuring their well-being, responding to their views, needs and concerns, and acting at all times in their best interests. All 47 Council of Europe member states have signed and 45 states have ratified the Convention. See a similar case claiming that officials, connected to child molestation, are behind the Lanzarote convention and that Lanzarote Convention is about defiling children.

Germany maintains dominance of the EU bloc through keeping the rest of the countries weak

The de-facto leader of the EU, Germany, is dedicated to keeping the rest of the bloc weak so as to maintain its economic dominance of the continent.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about “lost sovereignty”. European countries are not “dominated” by Germany or any other party. See similar disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is ruled by foreigners, the Baltic states are not really countries, and the EU is directed by Washington.

Soros will soon gain control of Ukraine

At the moment, Ukrainian followers of Soros are promoting one very interesting law. If everything works out, then NABU will have the right to use military and special equipment for its investigations, including weapons and ammunition purchased by foreign structures with money from the budget of Ukraine. Such an amazing right is hidden in the bowels of the bill on allowing NATO, and all sorts of US budget programs, to take part in the defence order of Ukraine. Those subordinated to Soros will be able to organise wiretapping of all Ukrainian politicians, businessmen, and public figures. The obtained evidence will become part of the game to eliminate the old “elites” and will make it easier to manage the colony (Ukraine).

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence offered. This article is based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about George Soros. The other part of the disinformation message is about the Bill on defence procurement. This law has not entered into force in Ukraine yet: on May 13, the Verkhovna Rada sent its draft for a second reading. The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov believes this law will be passed during the second reading. Experts say that the key point of this law is the reduction of corruption risks by introducing greater competition. According to Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defence and Intelligence Oleksandr Zavitnevych, the bill will be an important step in further reforming Ukraine's security and defence sector. Regarding the claims about George Soros, it's ridiculous to suggest one person can 'gain control' of a sovereign state. Ukraine is a democracy and the electorate decides who is "in control". Mr Soros did found the "Open Society Foundation", inspired by Karl Popper’s concept of the “open society”, which aims to promote civil society, the rule of law, human rights and liberal democracy around the world by funding civil society groups. The International Renaissance Foundation is a Ukrainian NGO founded by Soros; it played an important role in supporting civil society during the Euromaidan protests. The foundation ensured that legal aid was made available throughout the crisis to civic activists, protesters, and journalists; supplied victims of violence with medical care; enabled civil society solidarity and organisation; supported channels like Hromadske TV in independent, live reporting about events on the Maidan; and documented cases of torture, beatings, and police and abuse by the courts. However this in no way can be linked to taking control of a society or country. Read more about how the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets target George Soros. Read similar cases claiming that George Soros will buy all banks and land in Ukraine and that Ukraine is now a colony of the IMF and George Soros.