Disinfo: Western democracies have degenerated into a clique of oligarchic cartels

Summary

Western democracies have degenerated into a clique of oligarchic cartels.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit Western liberal-democracies by claiming that the latter are, in reality, dictatorships masked as democracies and are ruled by, and in the interest of, globalist elites or “secret élites”.

No evidence is provided for the article’s claims.

The institutional principles that characterise liberal-democratic systems today are the limitation of the exercise of political power by the rule of law, free and fair elections, the freedom of assembly, association, and of the press as well as the protection of fundamental rights.

These principles give liberal democracies much greater possibilities than authoritarian regimes to limit the power of élites and to gear government policies to the interests of broad strata of society and not just to the interests of powerful groups. In illiberal and autocratic regimes, instead, oligarchic groups often capture state institutions and pursue their interests with little restraint, imposing serious economic and social harm on the vast majority of society.

Read previous cases claiming that the West’s open societies are totalitarian dictatorships masked as democracies and that the US is a dictatorship that is responsive only to the super-rich.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: Western values, Secret elites / global elites, Conspiracy

Disclaimer

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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OPCW violated Chemical Weapons Convention to serve Western interests

The OPCW reputation as an authoritative expert body in the field of chemical disarmament has actually been sacrificed to the Middle East geopolitical ambitions of a small group of countries.

The Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) was set up in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Only the UN Security Council has the right to apportion blame for chemical attacks.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attacking the independence and integrity of the OPCW, and absolving the Syrian regime of responsibility for chemical attacks.

The claim that a "small group of countries" calls the shots in the OPCW is false. The ITT was established following the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties, during which it was decided to "put in place arrangements to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic" (p. 3, para 10). The decision passed with a majority of 82 votes against 24, satisfying the two-thirds minimum which the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) requires for "matters of substance" (Art. VII, para 18). In a November 2019 vote, 106 delegates voted to approve the ITT's funding, against 19 opposed. Moreover, the Team itself "includes personnel from all geographical groups."

The JIT tampered with the MH17 wreckage to hide an internal explosion on board

The Dutch investigators (JIT) manipulated the wreckage of the aircraft, modifying it for the sake of their version of the crash.

For example, one of the main pieces of material evidence is the front pressure bulkhead. As a result of an explosion in the cockpit, it was destroyed in several parts. They were found, brought to the Netherlands and … the torn metal was pulled back again, as if the whole frame was almost not affected by shelling of the Buk missile. The investigation did not want to show breaks.

By the totality of numerous facts, it became apparent that the reason for the MH17 crash was an internal explosion (explosions) on board.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the MH17, aiming to undermine the Joint International Investigation of the crash and subsequent criminal trial.

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The team comprises officials from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.

Strange coincidence of epidemics and research laboratories supported by the US in Ukraine

The US embassy in Ukraine officially recognised that they keep toxins and pathogens in Ukraine. Strangely, epidemics started next to those facilities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "secret laboratories" in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. See examples of similar disinformation narratives about the Lugar laboratory in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The US supports the research against dangerous infectious diseases through the Biological Threat Reduction Program. The US Embassy in Ukraine reaffirmed that the country offers its support to ensure Ukraine can detect and report outbreaks caused by dangerous pathogens before they pose security or stability threats.