Disinfo: The US establishment orchestrated Russiagate and stole the 2020 elections

Summary

Trump aimed to normalise relations with Russia. But the US establishment did not want to normalise relations with a sovereign Russia and for this reason, destroyed the Trump presidency. To do this, the US establishment orchestrated Russiagate, attacked Trump through impeachment attempts and stole the 2020 presidential elections.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative denying Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election and claiming that the Russiagate investigation was a conspiracy of the so-called US Deep State to destroy the Trump presidency. The article’s message is also consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US establishment or “Deep State” stole the 2020 US presidential election.

It is not true that Russiagate was “orchestrated” or invented as a political weapon, as the article suggests. Russiagate refers to the investigations into the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections. Russia's interference was reported starting in January 2017 by a US Intelligence Community report and was then reconfirmed in a new report in March 2019, produced by the Special Counsel probe led by Robert Mueller, after two years of investigation.

Both the 2017 intelligence report and the Mueller report, confirmed that Moscow interfered in the US elections and that it had carried out this effort "in sweeping and systematic fashion" and that “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts

Moreover, the article’s claim about the theft of the US election aimed at preventing the re-election of outgoing President Donald Trump has been repeatedly debunked.

It has been established that the November 2020 US presidential election took place in full respect of the democratic system, as assessed by the OSCE, the US Supreme Court and a number of investigations and analyses that have led to the 2020 presidential election being considered as “the most secure in US history”.

Read similar cases claiming that the "Deep State" decides who may or may not become president of the US, that Russiagate is a hoax invented by the American Deep State and that Russian Federation did not attempt to influence the US presidential in 2016

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  • Reported in: Issue 237
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Italian, English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Donald Trump, Deep state, Secret elites / global elites, Robert Mueller, election meddling
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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation targeting former Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and painting her as a Nazi sympathiser because of her grandfather’s presumed activities.

Freeland has been a constant target for Russian disinformation. She is banned from travelling to Russia, as part of the tit-for-tat game of escalating sanctions that the Russians played in the wake of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Freeland is obviously singled out for attention as leading voice in the Canadian government concerning Russia’s actions there.

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The Ukrainian Nazis are the most anti-Russian force in Ukraine. Not surprisingly, they are at the forefront of the ongoing processes in Ukraine, transforming the country into an increasingly Nazi state.

And in 2014, former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, delayed signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, in an attempt to bargain for compensation for agreeing to open the Ukrainian market to European goods, thus destroying Ukrainian industry.

However, instead of compensation, he obtained a complete coup d'état, prepared in advance from abroad, and carried out by Nazi militants. From this moment the Nazis became the leading political force in Ukraine, and the country's transition to a Nazi dictatorship began.

Immediately after the 2014 coup, the new regime abolished the law allowing the use of the Russian language in its speaking regions. Immediately, there was an uprising in southern and eastern Ukraine, and civil war broke out. In most regions, the army and Nazi forces were able to suppress the demonstrations, with the exception of Donetsk and Lugansk, which were able to provide armed resistance and are now unrecognized republics.

Disproof

This disinformation message contains multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives casting Ukraine as a Nazi-sympathizing country. This narrative groundlessly equates present-time Ukraine with Nazi Germany, and misrepresents the current status of the Russian language in the country, while portraying popular Euromaidan protests as a coup.

Linking some countries with Nazism is a widespread disinformation tactic used by pro-Kremlin outlets. Read more in our analysis "Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest". The myth about Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, which disinformation outlets try to portray as a coup d’état.

Accession of Crimea to Russia has taken place in strict accordance with international law

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum and that Euromaidan was a coup d’etat.

It was not a "legal accession", but an illegal annexation of the Ukrainian territory. No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.