Disinfo: US officials loot their colonies including Ukraine

Summary

Appointment of Joe Biden’s son to the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma is a traditional example of US looting its colonies. At times, families of high-ranking US officials benefited not only from colonies but from Washington’s geopolitical opponents. Given the revenues that the American politicians received from the ruins of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukrainian economies, all those who believe in the US’s intention to fight corruption in foreign countries, are naive.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's sovereignty and US presence in Europe.

The relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on 25 December 1991. US policy is focused on strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine, more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US has turned Ukraine into a puppet, that colour revolutions are used by the West to intervene in the affairs of sovereign states and that the US State Department and US Embassy in Ukraine represent a system of “Gauleiter's".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Imperialism/colonialism, Corruption, Joe Biden
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus, RIA Novosti
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Ukraine has to return to the historical lands of the Ukrainian People’s Republic

Ukraine was among the founding countries of the Soviet Union. Today’s Ukraine is the successor of whom, the Soviet Union or the Ukrainian People’s Republic? If it’s the UPR, then it should return to its borders. The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk was the assignee of the UPR.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative designed to denigrate the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and its independence.

According to the article 5 of the law of Ukraine "On the succession of Ukraine", “the state border of the USSR, which delimits the territory of Ukraine from other states, and the border between the Ukrainian SSR and the Belarusian SSR, the RSFSR, and the Republic of Moldova as of 16 July 1990 is the state border of Ukraine.”

There is a total censorship in Swedish media

[Swedish] media connect the recent outbreaks of crime with clashes between criminal gangs, but never write a single word about the migrants, who are to blame for Sweden’s descent into chaos. The total censorship of Swedish media stops the citizens of the country from expressing their views in the press.

Disproof

Swedish media are not censored. Any issue, including migration, is addressed in the press. Sweden has the world's oldest legislation on the freedom of the speech. Crime is, as in any country, an issue dealt with by the judiciary, and the root causes of crime is very much discussed in Swedish media. Official Swedish statistics show that the crime rate in Sweden is relatively low and at a stable level.

Sweden is regularly targeted by pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts, displaying a narrative on the country "descending into chaos", due to migration and "perversions".

The US tried to organize a colour revolution in Belarus against Russia

It was not Minsk who initiated Belarus-US confrontation. The withdrawal of US embassy from Belarus [in 2008] was a response to US attempts to overthrow Belarusian authorities, to destabilize the situation, and to wage a colour revolution. Americans are closely following contradictions in Belarus-Russia relations. The Ukrainian case showed very well that the US would like to engage in a confrontation with Russia until the last Ukrainian soldier without giving much in return to Ukraine.

Disproof

This disinformation message follows recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, and about Ukraine as Western puppet used to fight Russia.

The US and other Western countries have never staged a colour revolution in Belarus or any other country. Belarusian authorities expelled US ambassador in 2008 in response to US sanctions introduced for the rigged presidential elections in Belarus and poor human rights record.