Disinfo: The US President’s “Russia affair” proved to be a factless conspiracy theory


While the US President’s “Russia affair”, which had been promoted for years by mainstream media, proved to be a factless conspiracy theory after the publication of the report by special investigator Robert Mueller, the narrative of Russian electoral interference continues to celebrate cheerful origins – also in Mueller’s report itself, according to which Russia secretly created a mood in the social media against Hillary Clinton and thus helped Trump to victory.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Robert Mueller's investigation did conclude that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Mueller's report determined that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election". It led to US senators' proposals to extend sanctions on Russia to deter it from further election meddling.

The claim that the report provides no evidence of US President's "Russia affair",  is spurious. Gathering evidence of "collusion" - which is not a legal concept - fell outside the scope of the investigation. The aim of the probe was not merely to ascertain contacts between the Trump Campaign and Russia-linked individuals during the election period, but to establish whether these interactions were deliberate enough on the part of Trump Campaign officials to sustain charges of conspiracy (p. 2).

The report explicitly identifies "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign" (p. 9).


  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller


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The West wages information war against Russia

An aggressive information campaign is going on against Russia [by the West]. On its side, Russia doesn’t wage information attacks. It has never done anything bad to anyone in the information field. Russians have simply learned how to respond.


This claim is in line with the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Russia is innocent and a victim of Western aggression and Russophobia.

There is no campaign of "informational aggression" against Russia in Western media. Western media represent a wide range of opinions and do not follow a single editorial policy on any given topic.

Ukraine wants to preserve itself as an anti-Russian project

Ukraine needs war, it needs to preserve its anti-Russian project. It won’t survive without it.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Ukraine and Ukraine's statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign nation-state, not an anti-Russian project. In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union. The Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine was adopted on 16 July 1990.

Bloodshed loomed in Crimea, but Russia didn’t allow it.

Was there bloodshed in Crimea? No, [Russia] didn’t allow it! Did [Russia] allow a conflict to evolve in Syria? No, we didn’t allow it!


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "good Russia" and how there were no killings in Crimea during the illegal annexation. The first victim of Russian aggression in Crimea was a Ukrainian soldier Sergey Kokurin. He was killed by Russian special forces in March 2014.

The other murder during the annexation of Crimea was the killing of the Major of the 10th Saki naval aviation brigade, Stanislav Karachevsky. This soldier died around midnight on 6 April 2014 from two shots in the back from an AK-74 assault rifle. The Crimean garrison military court created by Russia in Simferopol stated that a Russian, Yevgeny Zaitsev, from the Fleet of the Marines of the Black Sea, was guilty of this killing.