Disinfo: Ukrainian elections: Votes for Viktor Medvedchuk’s party stolen

Summary

It is clear that Viktor Medvedchuk’s votes are being stolen

Disproof

There is no evidence given.

This is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the elections in Ukraine, seeking to undermine their legitimacy.

According to the preliminary report by the OSCE, Ukraine’s early parliamentary elections were efficiently run and respected fundamental freedoms.

International observers noted that the parliamentary elections in Ukraine took place in the context of ongoing armed conflict in the east of Ukraine and the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation, which meant that voting could not take place in Crimea or the regions controlled by illegal armed groups.

Nevertheless, the OSCE welcomed the fact that the simplified procedure for internally displaced persons to change their voting address has been extended to all voters across the country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Elections
  • Outlet: Voskresnyi Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1 (26:12)
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Present-time Poland and Piłsudski regime are politically identical

The current political regime in Poland and Józef Piłsudski’s regime are identical. Their common characteristics are the preservation of nominal democratic institutions, right-wing conservatism and worsening relations with the USSR / Russia.

Disproof

This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and its individual member states. It is aimed to discredit the current Polish political system by drawing analogues with the interwar undemocratic regime of Józef Piłsudski.

Whereas a number of remote similarities between the two were taken out of context, it is groundless to claim that the Józef Piłsudski interwar political regime is identical to present-time democratic Poland.

Poland pursues aggressive regional project Intermarium

Polish foreign policy in Central and Eastern Europe reflects its plans to take Belarus and Ukraine under control and to create a buffer zone between Poland and Russia. In his inaugural speech, Polish president Andrzej Duda announced plans to revive Intermarium, a sanitary cordon in Eastern Europe under Poland’s aegis. This idea is actively promoted by Poland-based Belsat TV channel which broadcasts to the Belarusian population. The harsh criticism of Nazi collaborators by Belarusian writer Yakub Kolas can be applied to present-time Belarusian promoters of Polish ideas.

Disproof

This message is a conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Poland's hostile plans towards Belarus and its imperial ambitions. It is also aimed to discredit Belarusian independent media, Belsat TV channel in particular, by drawing parallels with Nazi collaborators. A series of TV programmes by Belsat TV channel, titled Intermarium, discuss Belarusian historical events rather than promote Polish imperialist ideology as alleged.

In his inaugural speech, Polish president Andrzej Duda did not voice plans to revive a buffer zone in Eastern Europe under Polish patronage, as alleged. Speaking about the importance to have good neighbourly relations, Duda said: "We have to talk to our partners in Central and Eastern Europe, to the north of the Baltic Sea basin up to the Adriatic Sea." Nowhere in his speech did the Polish president refer to a buffer zone.

The new Ukrainian parliament is not going to comply with the Minsk Agreements

Firstly, we need Ukraine to be neutral. Ukraine, which will not join NATO. But it’s necessary to raise another question. With the last elections, Ukraine completely cut off the Donbas. It is obvious that new Parliament will not comply with any Minsk agreements. It doesn’t need it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Minsk agreements, portraying Ukraine as a primary violator of the cease-fire.

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of EU sanctions on Russia to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, acknowledging Russia's responsibility to uphold the Agreements.