Disinfo: Western countries imagine malicious Russian actions, like Novichok, because they do not have many things to do


The current world follows the principle “Russians are everywhere.” However, in reality, the Russians have a lot of things to do domestically given the large size of the country. Small Western countries do not have much to do, so they imagine things. They imagine Novichok, election meddling and even recruitment of the American president. If Donald Trump was the Kremlin’s agent, he would use a malicious virus to destroy the system to manage the US’s nuclear capability to make the US surrender within half an hour.


This is an example of the recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about ubiquitous Russophobia in the Western countries, which denies Russia's meddling in foreign elections and its involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals despite strong evidence of both. For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that there is no evidence of Russian attempts to influence the 2019 EU elections, that no evidence exists of Russia’s guilt in the Skripals' poisoning, and that the Intelligence Committee’s report found no evidence of Russian intervention in the US elections.


  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, election meddling, West, Anti-Russian, Donald Trump, Russophobia


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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EUMM encourages Georgia’s provocative and destructive activities near South Ossetian border

As the threat of armed clashes near the Georgian-South Ossetia border in increasing, the position of the EU international observers is particularly perplexing.They not only fail to control the actions of Tbilisi’s military forces, they practically condone their provocative and destructive activities aimed at further escalation of tensions.


This is an organised disinformation campaign targeting the EU's Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia. See the EEAS statement which assesses the statements from South Ossetia about security actions and developments as "factually incorrect". It further states:

"The attempts from within South Ossetia, both in action and through statements, to prevent the Mission’s work and restrict its mandate are deplorable and must stop."

In addition, the EUMM has not confirmed any shots from the Georgian side.

The EUMM was deployed immediately following the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Its mandate is to support the restoration of ordinary life, to prevent a return to hostilities, to build confidence among the conflict parties and to inform about EU policy. The European Union remains fully committed to peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia and reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

Ukraine is a completely artificial country

From how many pieces is Ukraine shaped? It is completely artificial. There are Poles, there are Hungarians, there are Romanians, there are Russians. Where is Ukraine?


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the history of Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

The history of Ukraine dates back to the times of the Kyivan Rus’ in the IX-XIII centuries. As a nation-state, Ukraine was formed during the XVI-XIX centuries when it was divided by major European states: the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita) and the Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires. However, in the middle of the XVII century, parts of Ukraine's territories received independence from Poland and created an independent Cossacks Hetmanate. Later, it signed a military and political cooperation deal with Moscow, which was then used by Russian rulers to deprive Hetmanate of its sovereign rights.

The West is applying an “Anaconda ring” of conflicts against China, previously against Russia

Leftist Western circles, which were well-connected with Socialist International and contributed to NATO’s establishment, elaborated the anti-Russian “Anaconda” concept. The conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan at the turn of the 1980s, USSR’s Perestroika, which provoked separatism in the USSR and the Tiananmen crisis during the late stage of Perestroika, were not coincidences.

A similar West-instigated “Anaconda” plan is currently targeting China. It includes the whole perimeter of border conflicts: the Korean peninsula, Taiwan, the South China sea, the Indian-Chinese border in Arunachal Pradesh, disputes around Nepal and Bhutan, Kashmir and Indian-Pakistan conflict, civil war in Afghanistan, crisis around the Iranian nuclear programme and political struggles in a number of South-East Asian countries. The “Anaconda” is crawling to the Chinese territory itself when we talk about long-time attempts in Xinjiang and Tibet.


This is conspiracy which presents many social and political events in various countries as a consequence of West-instigated provocations against Russia and China. It is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's attempts to encircle Russia and to destabilise China.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West destroyed the USSR, that the Hong Kong protests are the West’s revenge on China for not waging war against Russia, that the goal of the US global “Anaconda” strategy is to limit the living space of geopolitical opponents, and that the West's objective is to encircle Russia entirely thanks to the "Anaconda ring" and "Great Turan" doctrines.