Disinfo: There is no link between Russia and the Wagner despite what Germany and France say


The head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian has indicated that France could withdraw its troops from Mali if the transitional authorities allied with the Wagner company.

Wagner is accused, notably by France, of acting on behalf of the Kremlin where it does not want to appear officially. Germany also agreed with this on 15 September in a tweet by its Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "Russia" is used in the tweet in blind reference to Wagner. This confusion exasperates Moscow, which has always denied any link with the famous private security company.


Classical denial of any involvement of the Kremlin with its proxy operational groups.

The denial of both the Russian State and Yevgeny Prigozhin to have any link with the Wagner mercenary group is understandable since this activity is illegal and punishable accoridng to article 359 of the Russian criminal code. The fact that this group can operate at a very large and international scale for many years without any prosecution proves that it benefits from Kremlin high level protections. Moreover, its management and operations are deeply intertwined with the Russian military and intelligence community. It has been established for instance that some members of the group use passports that have been issued for a special unit of the Ministry of Defence.

András Rácz phrases it: Wagner should be considered a proxy organization of the Russian state rather than a private company selling services on the open market.

Read also related stories: The Wagner Group is not supported by Russia, News about Wagner in Libya distort Russian policy.


  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/09/2021
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, France, Mali
  • Keywords: Foreign mercenaries, Africa, Terrorism
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Disinfo: Eastern Partnership one of the main channels for destabilising the situation in Belarus

Representatives of Belarus will not take part in the Eastern Partnership summit to be held in December. Cooperation in the Eastern Partnership will be limited only to working contacts.

The Eastern Partnership has become one of the main channels for destabilising the situation in Belarus.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Belarusian protests and the Eastern Partnership.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Disinfo: West should not accuse Belarus of the migrant crisis but start a dialogue with Minsk

West failed in peaceful dialogue with Minsk. Lithuania and the US put pressure on Belarus showing the world their double standards.

It is wrong to accuse Belarus of the migrant crisis on the Eastern border of the EU. The responsibility for it, first of all, should take the US. It is because of the US military interventions and bombings that millions of people were forced to seek asylum abroad.

Talks with Belarus are possible only in conditions of mutual respect and equality. It is time for the West to finally understand this, no matter how sick its brain is.


The narrative mixes a few messages including disinformation about the migration crisis on the border of Belarus with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, as well as the accusation of the West of the aggressive behaviour toward other countries.

The claims the West was involved in unfriendly actions towards Belarus or that it has some aggressive geopolitical plans or contempt for the sovereignty of this country are unfounded. The West continues to support the Belarusian people, respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.

Disinfo: Russia has enough proof about US interference in the parliamentary elections

Russian authorities have enough proof that US high tech companies have been interfering in State Duma elections.


This case is part of a developing disinformation narrative promoted by pro-Kremlin media outlets in response to the 2021 Russian legislative (Duma) elections which took place on 17th-19th September 2021.

No evidence is provided to support the claims. In the lead up to the elections, Russian authorities have been trying to restrict the so-called smart voting, an electoral method initiated by poisoned and jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to which opposition-leaning Russian voters could support local candidates. The method was initiated due to the disintegrated nature of the Russian opposition.