The US is helping terrorists in Afghanistan

Summary

A leading FSB officer, Segey Beseda, said during a summit of intelligence heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that US intelligence had helped Islamic State terrorists get into Northern Afghanistan. He claimed that the goal of the US is destabilising the situation on the border of the CIS and then in Central Asia.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, with no evidence given. It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged US financing of terrorists in the Middle East. This message is part of a broader pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory alleging that the United States and its NATO partners have established many terrorist organisations and control global terrorism. In reality, the US is committed to fighting terrorist organisations, such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda.

See similar messages about the US supporting or being behind terrorist organisations herehere and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, Islamic extremism
  • Outlet: Orosz Hírek
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The US benefits from the attack on the Saudi oil facility

Regardless who was behind the recent attack on the Saudi oil infrastructure, the key question is “who would benefit from this new round of escalation?”

Relatively high oil prices would contribute to the economic policy pursued by the Trump administration. At the same time, the industry of large oil consumers, like China and Germany, would bear additional costs because of the growth of energy prices. Therefore, the Trump administration would get additional odds in its economic war with China and protectionist policy against the EU industrial states.

This ‘controlled escalation’ would allow Washington to consolidate existing and gain additional levers of pressure on global energy prices, including the influence on Saudi Arabia, and, therefore, manipulate the global energy market in own interests. A similar motivation stands behind the US geopolitical activity towards Venezuela.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the claim. A claim, consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US supporting terrorism. 

You can see other examples of this narrative hereherehere and here.

The Polish Legions of Pilsudski organized the Volyn Tragedy

Pilsudski is a historical figure, who established the first Polish Legions, which fought on the side of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. These Legions organized the Volyn Tragedy.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism - this historical manipulation is an effort to falsify Polish history in general. The Volyn Tragedy is a difficult mark in Polish-Ukrainian relations, and as such it is exploited by pro-Kremlin outlets, in an attempt to deepen the divisions.

In the historical aspect, the statement that the “Polish Legions organized the Volyn Tragedy” is entirely ignorant. First of all, the Polish Legions existed throughout WWI (1914-1917/1918), while the Volyn Tragedy took place during WWII (1943-1944). The Polish Legions were established by Józef Piłsudski in August 1914 on the territory of Galicia - they became a formation of the Austro-Hungarian Army. Throughout 1917, the Austrian authorities disbanded the Legions as they refused to get subordinated to the German Army. After the proclamation of restoration of Poland's sovereignty (November 11, 1918), the soldiers and officers of the Polish Legions formed the core of the Polish Army.

The West might use the Eastern Europeans as cannon fodder for a new “Barbarossa”

Washington (and to a large degree Brussels) are engaged in fostering [Russophobia] so as to not just create a bulwark against the mythical “Russian aggression”, but also a possible staging ground for another “Barbarossa”. Of course, just like in 1938 when they were using Czechs as a bargaining chip, it’s not a big issue for the West to use modern Eastern Europeans as cannon fodder in a possible future confrontation with Russia, leaving the West unscathed. However, this time, it would be quite different as more than 6,000 Russian nukes disagree.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. The article is consistent with a disinformation narrative about Russophobia and about Western belligerence towards Russia.