US is destabilising the world, organising colour revolutions, political and economic crises

Summary

The US’ geopolitical power is declining. That is why the country is betting on destructive processes in the world. Starting wars, inciting political and economic crises, organising colour revolutions. However, Russia successfully neutralises destructive plans of the US and regularly stands in Washington’s way.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting civil uprisings in other states as US-funded "colour revolutions", also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela. Consistent with multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its global role. 

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  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions
  • Outlet: Sputnik Abkhazia
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Joseph Stalin was a father of the Belarusian nation

The transformation of Belarusians into a nation mainly took place in 1920s – 1950s. The Belarusian nation’s father, a Belarusian George Washington, was Joseph Stalin. Lavrentiy Tsanava was a Belarusian Thomas Jefferson.

Disproof

This message misrepresents the Belarus' history, as Joseph Stalin contributed to the demise of Belarusian elites, rather than contribute to the development of the Belarusian nation.

According to incomplete estimates, approximately 600,000 people fell victim to Soviet repression in Belarus between 1917 and 1953. The repression peaked during the 1930s and especially during the USSR-wide Great Purge of 1937-1938, in times of Joseph Stalin as a head of the USSR and Lavrentiy Tsanava as a head of BSSR's NKVD (as of late 1938).

The European Parliament has no effect on the EU Commission

The European Parliament is powerless, so few people want to take part in the election. Is it even important who you vote for?  Even a landslide win in the Parliament will have no effect on the Commission or the Council. And that is exactly where the real power lies. The European Parliament has no real influence on the actual important policy areas.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and on the failed European values.

After the EU Parliamentary elections, one of the first tasks of an incoming Parliament is to elect a new President of the European Commission. Member states (the Council) nominate a candidate for the post, but in doing so they must take account of the European election results. Moreover, Parliament needs to approve the new Commission President by an absolute majority (half of the existing MEPs plus one). The EP members can reject a candidate and had exercised this power in the past. The President and the other members of the Commission are subject to a vote of consent, as a body, by the Parliament and are then appointed by the European Council, acting by a qualified majority.

The European Commission is one of the most undemocratic institutions

The European Commission is one of the most undemocratic institutions. These people [the EU commissioners] were not elected by anyone and they are not accountable to EU citizens.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and on the failed European values.

The European Commission is the EU's executive arm. Commissioners are first appointed by EU member states and then, as candidates, take part in hearings in the European Parliament. The EP members - which are elected by EU citizens directly - can reject a candidate and had exercised this power in the past. As for the President of the European Commission, his candidacy needs to be agreed by the European Council - that is, by democratically elected leaders of every member state. The European Commission as a whole is subject to a vote of consent by the Parliament and are then appointed by the European Council, acting by a qualified majority.