Disinfo: There is no doubt that democracy has taken hold in Russia, which is shown by the lack of criticism in the latest elections

Summary

International observers had no serious criticism as to how the Russian Presidential election 2018 was organized or regarding the election results. Therefore, there is no doubt that democracy has taken hold in Russia.

Disproof

Actually, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe stated that there had been no real choice in Russia’s presidential election and complained it had been marked by unfair pressure on critical voices www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election-osce/osce-says-russian-presidential-election-lacked-real-choice-idUSKBN1GV1JN, The OSCE election observation mission to the presidential election in Russia 2018 stated in it's preliminary conclusions that; "The 18 March presidential election took place in an overly controlled legal and political environment marked by continued pressure on critical voices, while the Central Election Commission (CEC) administered the election efficiently and openly. After intense efforts to promote turnout, citizens voted in significant numbers, yet restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association and expression, as well as on candidate registration, have limited the space for political engagement and resulted in a lack of genuine competition. While candidates could generally campaign freely, the extensive and uncritical coverage of the incumbent as president in most media resulted in an uneven playing field.Overall, election day was conducted in an orderly manner despite shortcomings related to vote secrecy and transparency of counting."

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  • Reported in: Issue 110
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/06/2018
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: OSCE, Elections, Vladimir Putin
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After 25 years of operation, all missiles of the Buk systems are subject to decommissioning and disposal

After 25 years of operation, all missiles of the Buk systems are subject to decommissioning and disposal.The maximum lifetime of the missile, the engine from which was demonstrated to us [by the Dutch-led JIT] was 2011 (1986 + 25), after which it should be decommissioned and sent for disposal.

Disproof

Disinformation refers to Russian Ministry of Defence statement on May 25 that "after 25 years of operation, all missiles of the Buk systems are subject to decommissioning and disposal". www.interfax.ru/russia/614297, In fact, the Buk manufacturer Almaz Antey used one missile from 1987 in their #MH17 test in 2015, which means it was 28 years old and should have already been decommissioned. twitter.com/EliotHiggins/status/1003904308755214336, See also Meduza's and the Insider's reports.

Russian mass media is free

Our mass media is free (in Russia). People are free to speak out and make a name for themselves as representatives of many political movements do.

Disproof

The Freedom House 2018 Freedom in the World report rates Russia “Not Free,” based on Russia’s score on the “Freedom rating” – 6.5; For “Political rights” – 7; And for “Civil liberties” – 6 on a scale of “1=Most Free; 7=Least Free. “Power in Russia’s authoritarian political system is concentrated in the hands of President Vladimir Putin. With loyalist security forces, a subservient judiciary, a controlled media environment, and a legislature consisting of a ruling party and pliable opposition groups, the Kremlin is able to manipulate elections and inhibit genuine opposition. The country’s rampant corruption is one notable threat to state power, as it facilitates shifting links among bureaucrats and organized crime groups,” Freedom House said. There are twenty-two major national TV channels in Russia, and the federal government owns twenty of them either directly or via proxy firms such as Gazprom, a gas giant with state-controlled majority shares. Further debunking by Polygraph.info

The West is forcing Georgia to propagate homosexuality

Why is the West forcing us to propagate homosexuality? This happens because the gay-mafia has become very powerful in the world! This way they fight against traditional, conservative values! The more pederasts we have, the more immoral society will be and it is easy to manage immoral society! So our authorities, who chose the Euro-Atlantic course, were told – do you want NATO and the European Union? – Then you have to promote that we have more and more ”men in tights”! How shameful to dream of membership of NATO and the EU with the help of pederasts!

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation that cooperation with the West is destroying Georgian society. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77174&date=, The EU cooperation with Georgia encompasses many things, but propaganda to "make" anyone homosexual are not among them https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia/23634/eu-georgia-relations-factsheet_en.