Disinfo: US Senate's report about Russian meddling in US presidential elections is lacking facts

Summary

US Senate’s report that Russia interfered with the US presidential elections is empty and devoid of facts. Moscow has repeatedly commented on these allegations, noting their absolutely unfounded character. Due to the American ambitions and desire to stir up Russophobic sentiments, the bilateral dialogue was seriously damaged. Further implantation of anti-Russian myths will not bring success to anyone. Russia has repeatedly denied US allegations of “meddling” in the 2016 presidential election.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to depict accusations of Russian meddling in Western democratic processes as factually unfounded and driven by "Russophobia". Electoral interference by Russia has been extensively documented in numerous countries around the world. The independent research, media investigations and parliamentary inquiries point out to evidence linking Russian state actors with interference in various electoral processes, including the 2016 US presidential elections, Brexit vote, in the 2017 French Presidential elections, in the 2017 German Parliamentary elections, etc. The list of essential research and analysis about the Kremlin's election meddling effort can be found here. The latest US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report found that the earlier Intelligence Community Assessment presented "a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case of unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election". See similar cases claiming that The notion of “Russian influence” in the US is an absurd conspiracy theory, or that Claims about Russia’s interference into US elections are unfounded, that Allegations of Russian meddling in US elections are absolutely insane, or that the West falsely accuses Russia of election meddling.

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  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/08/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Anti-Russian, Maria Zakharova, Russophobia
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French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he does not want a repeat of the Ukrainian scenario in Belarus, since the Maidan in Kyiv took place outside the electoral cycle. The European Union does not want Belarus to repeat the bitter experience of Ukraine, which is surprising since until recently the EU countries have been fervently supporting the Ukrainian coup.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus. Also, it repeats the false narrative that Ukraine is under external control since the 2013-14 Euromaidan revolution. The leaders of Germany and France discussed the worsening political crisis in Belarus. At a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron said the European Union could try to mediate an end to the deep public discontent in the country. “Belarus needs a dialogue between the authorities, the opposition and civil society,” he noted. “We want the Belarusians to be able to organise this dialogue themselves, but the European Union is ready to accompany this process if Belarus agrees to its mediation.” Macron said Russia should be included in the dialogue, but he also warned Moscow against any aggressive intervention in Belarus. “It is necessary to avoid repeating what happened in Ukraine,” he stressed.

Disinfo: On the issue of Belarus, the US satellites in the EU will support any anti-Russian position

The main thing for Vilnius in the situation in the neighbouring country (Belarus) is to serve Washington. Lithuania, like other US satellites, will support any position on the issue of Belarus, at least favourable to Washington and with an anti-Russian context. The Baltic states are not under the influence of the European Union. They are in full support of America’s interests, often acting contrary to the agreed position of the European Union or the countries of Old Europe. Being geographically in Europe, they often act contrary to the interests of Europe. The task is to maintain an anti-Russian and pro-American context, no matter what it is based on, whether it protests against the election results in Belarus or global warming.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lost sovereignty of the European countries and US presence in Europe, alleging that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of the EU member states, including the Baltic states (these countries are often presented as American “vassals” or puppet states). The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses the political elites of Lithuania of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies. The EU Member States and particularly Lithuania are independent states, which shape their own foreign and domestic policies without any “dictate” from the USA. The US is an important ally to the EU but EU policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative. Lithuania supports the independence and territorial integrity of Belarus. Lithuania, as well as the EU, have expressed support to people protesting in Belarus. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Vassal Eastern EU countries obey the US in order to counter Western Europe, that US is occupying the EU and the Baltic countries nearly lost their statehood, that Lithuania is NATO's dog barking at Belarus and Russia, that Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians, and that Warsaw and Vilnius are worsening the political crisis in Belarus.

Disinfo: Soros Foundation took an active part in Rose, Orange and Velvet revolutions

George Soros is not one of the greatest philanthropists in the world, but one of the monsters. His organisation sponsoring LGBT people in Armenia should be banned. The Soros Foundation took an active part in the Georgian Rose Revolution. The Soros participated in the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and Velvet Revolution in Armenia. What happened in Minsk these days and the current developments there are quite similar to the events that happened in 2018 in Yerevan. There is no doubt that the Soros Foundation was involved in the events in the capital of Belarus in one way or another, and now the essential role of the foundation is still there.

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Conspiracy theory based on a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about George Soros and the Anti-Soros movement in Armenia. The Open Society Foundation, sponsored by George Soros, is a network of independent groups working in many countries, since 1984, for justice, democratic governance and human rights. In the present day, the Open Society Foundations support projects implemented by NGOs or state institutions in more than 120 countries. The foundation is not active in Belarus. Soros foundation used to operate there between 1993-1997, with branches in Minsk and Vitebsk but stopped operations due to conflicts with the authorities. Pro-Kremlin media often paint popular protests as "colour revolutions" provoked by Soros. This is also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Armenia, Slovakia and now in Belarus. Soros has been falsely accused of a wide range of sins: destabilising Europe, organising colour revolutions, attacking churches and traditional values as well as sponsoring the film the "Joker" as a tutorial for colour revolutions, organising clashes in Armenia, serving foreign agendas aimed at the collapse of Armenian statehood, provoking Anti-Russian protests in Georgia, being a threat to the national security of Armenia, and being directly involved in the presidential elections and the government crisis in Romania. Read more about how pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets target George Soros.