Disinfo: Everyone knows Ukrainian crisis was created by the US

Summary

Everyone knows that the Ukrainian crisis that started in 2014 was created by the Americans.

If this was accepted and a European solution found, then France and Italy would be able to export agricultural and industrial goods to Russia and restart their economies at a time when their economies need to be restarted.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine in 2014.

The rhetorical form "everyone knows that..." is a way to argue there is no need to add any evidence since the analysis is allegedly shared by everyone.

The US, or any other foreign power, is not to blame for the protests of 2013/2014 and the end of Yanukovych presidency.

The claim that the US was behind the Euromaidan protests is a recurring disinformation narrative. See previous disinformation cases alleging that the Americans bought Ukraine for some cookies, the US has recognised Euromaidan as a coup controlled by US officials; that Maidan was conceived by Washington to deploy its military in Crimea; and that the US sponsored Maidan in 2014.

There is no connection between accepting pro-Kremlin disinformation view on conflict in Ukraine and lifting EU sanctions put in place because of Russia's illegal annexation of Crime and destabilisation of Ukraine.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Italy, Russia, Ukraine, US, France
  • Keywords: coronavirus, economy, Diplomacy with Russia, Imperialism/colonialism, US presence in Europe, Economic difficulties, Euromaidan, Sanctions
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In Russia, the rights of representatives of the LGBT community are not violated

In Russia, the rights of representatives of the LGBT community are not infringed. There are no laws that infringe on the rights of these people. This is absolutely clear, including the constitutional position. There is a limitation of propaganda among minors.

Disproof

The persecution of sexual minorities in Russia is a critical, ongoing issue which includes violence, employment discrimination and social stigma.

According to the NGO ILGA-Europe, Russia is the fourth-worst European country for LGBT persons to live in.

Democrats are trying to destroy Trump and incite a civil war

American radicals encourage black people to fight for privileges so that they oppose equal opportunities and argue against the equality of all before the law.

The Democrats are trying to direct these sentiments against Trump in order to dump him. Dumping Trump is more important to them than saving the country. Now a little more than a third of the potential participants in the US elections, and these are the most active and conscious, believe that in the next five years, America will survive another civil war. 34%, according to the credible pollster Rasmussen.

Disproof

The statement that "moreover, the Democrats are trying to direct these sentiments against Trump", because "dumping Trump is more important to them than saving the country" is a conspiracy. The disinformation report pretends  that "radicals" (in plural) encourage black people to commit violence: only one controversial opinion is quoted to support this claim and no supportive evidence on democrats supporting violence is given at all.

As for high expectations of another Civil War, the pollster Rassmussenreport is quoted by Vesti Nedeli as "credible" in that respect. But in the US, this pollster is considered as a right-wing polling company. "Rasmussen Reports uses research techniques that make its polls favour Republicans", Ipsos Public Affairs research director Mallory Newall said. 

US intelligence involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan US intelligence has set up a network for illegal fund-raising through drug trafficking, extortion of guerrilla fighters for the passage of vehicles, and kickbacks on military contracts. Perhaps US spies are unhappy that Russian and US diplomats are jointly promoting talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.  Such negotiations threaten to put an end to this illegal fund-raising network.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The article provides no evidence to support its accusations that US intelligence is engaged in drug trafficking or other illicit fund-raising operations in Afghanistan.

The article’s message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Afghanistan that seek to discredit the military and intelligence presence of the US and  its allies in the country. For example, pro-Kremlin media have claimed that former Afghan president Hamid Karzai called Russia to liberate his nation from US occupation; that the West and the US are ferrying Islamic State members to Afghanistan to use them against China, as part of a so-called “Anaconda ring”; or that NATO is denying the presence of terrorists in the country but the FSB has evidence of it.