Disinfo: US failed to discredit Russian electoral system

Summary

The United States failed to discredit the Russian electoral system despite a series of cyberattacks from American soil.

Disproof

Disinformation about alleged Western and more specifically US efforts to interfere in the domestic affairs of Russia, in this case for the 17-19 September Duma elections.

This narrative is aimed at discrediting reports and statements according to which Russia meddles in the election processes of European countries and the US.

Russian authorities have shown no substantial evidence to prove that US entities, authorities or the US government have committed actions that would constitute election interference.

Pro-Kremlin outlets have claimed that behind such interference is Viktor Rubanov, a former director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, who developed iPhone software for Smart Voting. It is a technology used by the team of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny with the aim of advancing opposition candidates in regional and federal elections. The goal of Smart Voting is to consolidate the votes of those who oppose United Russia. Russian media say that Rubanov lives in San Francisco and works for Momentus Space Inc., a company related to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with several top officials allegedly having links to the Pentagon.

The fact that Rubanov works for a company that has occasionally been a contractor for NASA does not prove the allegations put forward by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the US is interfering in the voting process.

See also related disinformation claims, alleging that The West wants to influence elections in Russia and supports anti-State powers; The West is trying to interfere in Russia’s legislative elections; For the West, Russian elections will always be "bad".

As a general reaction to the 2021 Duma elections see here the EU reaction.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Elections, Manipulated elections/referendum, Anti-Russian
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Disinfo: Like in the UK in 2014, Europeans will freeze to death this winter trying to save on heating

Against the background of the rising prices of food and gas, poor families will have to choose between eating or heating this winter.

Traditionally, tens of thousands of elderly people die every winter in Britain. To save on heating costs, they turn off the heating at night. In the morning, they are found frozen to death. In 2014, more than 40,000 people died in this way. Such deaths are expected to rise this winter.

Disproof

This article is part or a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of the "EU in decline", "the western societies are helpless and in crisis". The underlying deceptive message is that "the weak EU is forced to talk with strong energy-exporter Russia not to kill the population".

This manipulative twist appeared in an article on Europe's energy crisis. There is no clear connection between excess winter deaths in the UK in 2014 and the rise in gas prices.

Disinfo: Ukraine holds drills with US in the midst of conflict in Donbas

Ukraine has announced that it will hold military drills with the United States amid an armed conflict in Donbas. The "Rapid Trident" exercise starts on 20 September and will last until 1 October. Ukraine, the United States and 15 more countries will participate with 6,000 soldiers.

Ukraine has been conducting military operations against Donetsk and Luhansk since 2014 when these new democracies were declared in response to a violent change of government that took place in February of the same year.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative combining the war in Ukraine, Euromaidan, and Nazi/Fascist Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

Disinfo: Newspaper Le Monde is a megaphone of cheap Russophobic propaganda

French Newspaper Le Monde turned into a megaphone of primary anti-Russian propaganda. Seeking to grab the public's attention, Le Monde has once again turned to fake news about a certain Russian agency which allegedly offered aid, including financial aid, to French media and NGOs, to organise a supposed information campaign about police violence in France.

This societal and legal issue is widely covered by the French media and commented on by politicians at all levels. Instead of analysing the internal situation of the country, the chronicler of Le Monde has chosen the easy route, having preferred to seek the imaginary 'Russian trail'. In short, the good old #HighlyLikely.

As for the Russophobic food of Le Monde, it no longer claims to be Michelin-starred for a long time, but rather smacks of cheap food from the time of Emile Zolan's novel Le Ventre de Paris.

Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, especially France.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative about the non-interference of Russia in the internal affairs of other countries.

On 10 September 2021, French correspondent in Moscow Benoît Vitkine, published an e-mail from a small organisation called FBI led by Mira Terada (originally her name was Oksana Vovk) which was created last March by Kremlin-affiliated oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin. The organisation contacted different western media and NGOs, about the possibility of running a large campaign against police violence and taking up the cases of several victims. The same day, Mira Terada inaugurated a series of videos published in collaboration with Russian Yevgeny Prigozhin's media RIA Fan, denouncing the actions of the United States against human rights in the world.