Disinfo: The US do not want to present any evidence about Russian cyber interference

Summary

No evidence about Russia’s cyber interference.

Disproof

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement was a response to the Microsoft announcement on August 20 that the company has moved to seize control over six internet domains affiliated with the Russian military intelligence. There are multiple publicly available reports by different governments and non-government cyber security firms worldwide. These reports offer detailed forensic analyses unveiling the cyber espionage and criminal hacking activities of the group as well as demonstrating their affiliation with the Russian military intelligence/Russian government. The groups’ multiple nicknames have been revealed, they include Pawn Storm, Fancy Bear, APT28, Sofacy, STRONTIUM and others. For more, read www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russia-cyber-espionage-microsoft/29447856.html,

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  • Reported in: Issue 116
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/08/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Microsoft, election meddling
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Terrorist Sentsov is responsible for the death of Crimeans

Sentsov is a neo-Nazi terrorist and took part in the battle in front of the Crimean Supreme Court on February 26, 2014. It was Sentsov who threw a nerve gas grenade into the crowd of Crimeans defending the Supreme Council, the clash at the Council led to two deaths. Sentsov and his activists set the offices of civil society organisations – such as the “Crimean Russian Community” – ablaze as well as United Russia’s local party office.

Disproof

Oleg Sentsov was convicted in a Russian military court for terrorist offences. However, according to Amnesty International and PEN International, the trial itself was littered with irregularities: Sentsov said he was tortured, the main witness of the prosecution said his evidence had been extorted under torture and he said that no terrorist acts were committed. Moreover, Sentsov was not committed for offences committed on February 26, 2014. www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/25/russian-court-jails-ukrainian-filmmaker-oleg-sentsov-for-20-years-over-terror-offences, It can be confirmed that there were clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian protesters on February 26, 2014, but there is no proof that Sentsov threw a nerve gas grenade into the crowd. Moreover, media reports suggest there was one death during the protect, and the man presumably died of a heart attack. edition.cnn.com/2014/02/26/world/europe/ukraine-politics/index.html, European Parliament has demanded that the Russian authorities immediately and unconditionally release Sentsov and more than 70 Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula. The EU has stated that it expects international human rights standards on the peninsula to be upheld and all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula to be released without delay. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/49296/statement-spokesperson-continuous-detention-ukrainian-film-director-oleg-sentsov_en,

Baltic countries are typical replica states with no own political history and tradition

The Baltic countries are typical “replica states” with the absence of their own political history and tradition. — The main task is to forever tear off the Baltic region from Russia and Russian influence and to raise the younger generations of Latvians, Estonians, and Lithuanians in the spirit of total Russophobia and admiration for the West.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining the statehood of the Baltic countries. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77106&date=, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania became independent in 1918. Three countries were occupied and illegally incorporated first by the Soviet Union, then by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944, and again by the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1991, when they regained the independence: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_the_Baltic_states, , www.britannica.com/place/Baltic-states/Independence-and-the-20th-century, See more how the myth of Russophobia is used in pro-Kremlin disinformation: euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/,

Ukraine, together with the help of US secret services, wants to poison Donbas water supply

According to Cyberberkut, a group of pro-Russian hackers, Ukraine, helped by the US secret services, is preparing to use nuclear waste to poison the water supply of the separatist controlled swathes of Luhansk and Donetsk territories, in order to blame Russia. Ukrainian military are being trained for this operation by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and fourteen other US military instructors.

Disproof

The disinformation was spread by Cyberberkut, an ostensibly independent hacking group that cybersecurity experts say in fact has ties to Russian intelligence. One of the fake “leaked” documents details how the nuclear waste was allegedly transferred from Ukraine’s Vakelenchuk storage facility in March 2018. As pointed out by StopFake, this facility was decommissioned in 2017 and all nuclear waste was removed. Konstantyn Danko, the chairman of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences’ Hydrometereological Institute, told StopFake that Cyberberkut’s claims contain a number of scientific inconsistencies. According to Danko, if nuclear waste were dumped into the Northern Donetsk-Donbas waterway as described by the hackers, it would contaminate large swathes of Ukraine that are not controlled by the separatists as well as the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Vladislav Seleznyov, a former spokesman for Ukraine’s General Staff, also told StopFake that the alleged military letters cited by Cyberberkut as evidence are fabricated as they do not follow the military protocols for official correspondence. CyberBerkut has been spreading disinformation before: euvsdisinfo.eu/back-to-basics/;, or euvsdisinfo.eu/shock-conspiracy-chemical-attack/, Read more: euvsdisinfo.eu/figure-of-the-week-14/,