Disinfo: The West is preparing provocations to discredit elections in Russia

Summary

Only few weeks are left before the [Duma] voting starts. We expect that in this period provocations, aimed at discrediting both the elections and the Russian electoral system may be organized. We believe that Russian-speaking individuals living abroad and henchmen of foreign anti-Russian structures who have left Russia will be used for this purpose. The ultimate goal of these destructive actions is to at least somehow substantiate the draft statements already written in the [Western] capitals on non-recognition of the results of the Russian elections in 2021.

The European Parliament specifically planned further discussion of relations with Russia on September 13-16 in order to arrange a provocation before the start of the voting days.

Disproof

Unfounded claims advancing recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West and encircled Russia.

No evidence is provided to support the claims, which appeared in the context of upcoming legislative elections in Russia, in September 2021.

The European Parliament scrutinizes the EU's Common Security and Foreign Policy, it is well within its prerogatives to discuss and assess the direction on EU-Russia relations.

See related disinformation claims, alleging that The West wants to influence elections in Russia and supports anti-State powers; West trying to interfere in Russia’s legislative elections; For the West, Russian elections will always be "bad".

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  • Reported in: Issue 257
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Elections, Encircling Russia
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Disinfo: Polish fence on the border with Belarus is meant to frighten Poles with a perspective of war

The ruling Polish elite is trying to cut all ties with the East using the rhetoric of war. The most recent manifestation of this process is the construction of a fence on the Polish-Belarusian border. This border fence has a primarily a symbolic meaning – it is supposed to introduce a permanent division between "us" and "them", creating an additional barrier against the East. The border fence sends a message that it is necessary to prepare for war – it frightens the society with the perspective of war.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the ongoing migration crisis on the eastern border of the European Union directly caused by the Belarusian authorities.

On 23 August 2021, the Polish authorities announced the construction of the fence on the border with Belarus to stop the ongoing influx of irregular migrants orchestrated by the Belarusian regime. According to the position of the Polish authorities, the ongoing situation on the Belarusian border is a hybrid attack on Poland in order to destabilise the country and the entire EU.

Disinfo: Lithuania does not want to help investigate the genocide of the Belarusian people

Lithuania refuses to provide legal aid for Belarus in the criminal case regarding the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War. Earlier Belarus asked to interrogate identified members of the Lithuanian punitive battalion, including Valdemar Hubert Laimutis Adamkevicius who is non-other than the former president of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus.

Disproof

The message exploits a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi/Fascist Baltic States.

The current “genocide of Belarusian people” case by Belarusian prosecutors lacks evidence and is based on doubtful legal and historical ground (see public broadcaster LRT publication “Minsk seeks to extradite members of ‘Lithuanian SS batalion’ that never existed”).

Disinfo: Poland replaces the anniversary of the WWII outbreak with the date of the Soviet invasion

Poland appears on the way to oblivion. For several decades, the anniversary of 1 September has been gradually pushed out of public awareness by the commemoration of 17 September. There is a slow process of transformation of historical consciousness and the historical identity of the Poles in the direction consistent with the current political interests.

Therefore, in the sphere of historical symbolism, 1 September is mentioned less and less, and is replaced by 17 September. This situation fits the artificially constructed historical and international identity of Poland. Today, Poland looks for its only ally overseas [the USA], while it appears in conflict with all its neighbours.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it repeatedly accuses Poland of the “falsification and re-writing” of its history for political goals.

The claims that Poland tries to replace the 1 September anniversary [date of German invasion - WWII outbreak] with the commemoration of 17 September [date of the Soviet invasion] is untrue. Every year, September 1 is commemorated on the highest state level with the participation of the top-level Polish officials (annual ceremonies at Wieluń and Westerplatte).