Disinfo: The West tries to dismiss Putin and destroy Russia


Now the West is under a shock. It is investing substantial money in the change of power in Russia, in the change of policy. And they were sure that it happens amid the fact that in 2024, Putin would certainly not be in the presidential chair anymore. Now, this means that they are forced to start the war earlier. With all the insects [Russian opposition] that they have, with the options of imposing sanctions, with twitching of neighbours along the borders. We are wrestling for life or death for many years, they want to destroy us.


Recurrent conspiracy narrative on the absence of grass-roots protests in Russian and any reasons for such protest, when the civic activists are labelled «foreign agents», and the West is blamed for any domestic problems. No evidence is given to prove that Western countries together or any of them alone are plotting to dismiss Vladimir Putin, planning the "war".

See more disinformation cases on how the West is encircling Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: West, Encircling Russia, Vladimir Putin


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Russiagate never had any real basis

The Trump administration has had a troubled life since its earliest beginnings and “The Donald” did not have time to settle in the White House before he was already being charged with grave and explicit accusations of being a Russian agent, a traitor in the hands of Vladimir Putin who was blackmailed by the Kremlin.

A few days before his term of office expired, Barack Obama ordered the CIA and FBI to investigate so-called “Russian interference” in the American elections: it was the beginning of Russiagate. Russiagate never had any real basis. It originated in Washington’s labyrinthine power struggles.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and seeking to discredit the Mueller report. The article also contains a recurrent pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the key role allegedly played in the investigations of Russian interference by the deep state in the US .

Robert Mueller's investigation concluded that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election. Robert Mueller’s report maintains that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”.  Nevertheless, it states that Russian interference activities did take place.

The 448-page Mueller report issued in March 2019 (see here) contains copious detail about how Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, both by using social media to influence American voters with disinformation and by hacking into the Clinton campaign’s computers.

A previous (2017) report prepared by the US Intelligence Community analysed the motivation and scope of the Kremlin's intentions for the US election and the Kremlin's use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence US public opinion.

As concluded earlier by the US intelligence community and by Mueller’s own inquiry “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”.

Read here previous cases claiming the Russiagate was a hoax invented by the American deep state and that the Mueller Report never presented tangible evidence of Russian interference in the US elections.

Stalin did not get his hands dirty while signing a document with Hitler while European leaders did

Stalin did not directly negotiate with Hitler but only through subalterns, therefore there is no document bearing the signature of both Hitler and Stalin whereas western leaders did have direct contact in Munich. Therefore the Soviet Union doesn’t bear any responsibility for the beginning of WWII.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming that the European Union is trying to rewrite the history of World War II. This narrative attempts to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany after Adolf Hitler came into power.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies. See related disinformation cases here. 

Russian defendant in MH17 trial denied access to own case file

Since the Dutch court presiding over the MH17crash case is not obligated to translate all the case materials — with the case file consisting of 36,000 pages — the sole Russian defendant represented at the trial may be left without the possibility to study all the documents.

According to a court representative, if the defendants are present in the courtroom and cannot understand Dutch or English, the judge will provide a certified interpreter. Translation of the file case can be provided by the lawyer of the defendants, but not by the court. The court is in Dutch, so all files and hearings will be in Dutch. No translation other than an interpreter is obligatory.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the investigation of the Joint International Team (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17.

The report implies that without access to the entire 36,000-page case file, the accused Russian national will not be able to mount an effective defence. It also falsely claims that translation of case files and any other relevant documents can only be provided by the lawyer of the defendant.