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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: Oligarchs, Bill Gates, Democracy, Secret elites / global elites, George Soros

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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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory on coronavirus and 5G.

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Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the West of the “falsification and re-writing” of WWII history in order to “minimise the role of the USSR in victory over Nazism” and to “get rid of its share of the blame for the outbreak of WWII”. It is also an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

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