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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Anti-Russian, Maria Zakharova, Russophobia

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