Disinfo: There is democracy in Russia, since there are a lot of participants in the Duma elections


There is democracy in Russia, since there are a lot of participants in the Russian parliamentary elections.


A large number of candidates does not guarantee that the whole electoral process meets the high standard of democracy. Many candidates were denied the right to register.

The OSCE was unable to observe and evaluate the electoral parliamentary elections of 17-19 September 2021 due to major limitations imposed by Russian Authorities.

On 20 September the EU expressed its deep concerns :

The EU reiterates its deep concerns over the continuous pattern of shrinking space for the opposition, civil society and independent voices across Russia. The EU calls on Russia’s leadership to reverse these negative developments.

See also other similar cases on the Duma election.


  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/09/2021
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Elections, Democracy
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Disinfo: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits the US which asked him to split the Orthodox world

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is paying a visit to the United States. This should come as no surprise as it was the United States and the West which forced him to grant autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine, thus splitting the Orthodox World.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently attack the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church. The Constantinople Patriarchy, not the US, decided to grant the autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. The final decision was made in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off the Tomos of autocephaly. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparation and consideration by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod.

For more information and analysis on pro-Kremlin disinformation against the Church of Ukraine see here.

Disinfo: The goal of the Soros foundation is to reformat Armenia from pro-Russian to anti-Russian

The goal of the Soros foundation and many Western NGOs is to reformat Armenia from pro-Russian, loyal to Russia, to an anti-Russian country.

They do not need an open democratic society in Armenia, neither in Ukraine and other countries. They need countries that will fall under external control and neutralise Russian influence in the region.


This message appeared in an article promoting the need for Armenia to enter into the Union State with Russia. In fact, there are no anti-Russian sentiments in Armenia. Armenia is a strategic partner of Russia in the South Caucasus region, there is a Russian military base on the territory of Armenia, the Russian border service guards the border of Armenia with Turkey.

This narrative about George Soros being a puppet master who organises 'colour revolutions' in post-communist states to tear them from Russia is a pro-Kremlin media staple. George Soros is regularly accused by pro-Kremlin media of controlling institutions, political groups, sexual minorities, refugees, but also of funding protests in several countries, destabilising Europe, attacking churches and traditional values as well as sponsoring the film "Joker" as a tutorial for colour revolutions.

Disinfo: Associates of Navalny were caught filming fake video about the elections

Associates of Navalny were caught filming a fake video about the elections. Police officers found an apartment in Moscow where oppositionists were filming a video about the "violations." During the search, they also found the props of the creators of the fakes - fake ballots, ballot boxes. Among other things, posters with Navalny were found in the apartment.

During the interrogation, one of the participants in the filming said that he was offered to star in a video for 10 thousand rubles. He also indicated the phone number of the "organizer". Thanks to this, it was possible to establish that an associate of Navalny could be involved in organising the filming.


The pro-Kremlin outlets accused Alexey Navalny of "fabricating" videos about the electoral frauds during the Duma election 2021.

However, there is no evidence allowing to link the shown footage to Navalny. To date, there is no official Russian law enforcers' comments linking the raided apartment and detained people to Navalny or any other opposition figure.