Russia did not… (and anyway, there is no proof)

July 30, 2020

Despite evidence pointing to the contrary, pro-Kremlin media continues to claim Russia had nothing to do with downing flight MH17, poisoning the Skripals, or interfering in the US elections.

In addition to these old classics, this week brought a new disinformation pearl. You know how people sometimes express themselves and only later realise that their words could have been interpreted in different ways. However, when it comes to Russian foreign policy, unlikely statements seem to be intentional  rather than accidental. One of the most blatant examples is the claim that Russia’s foreign policy is “based on respect for international law and does not accept attempts to dominate, dictate the will of others over independent countries, nor interfere in the affairs of their sovereignty”. This sentence leaves audiences wondering whether annexing Crimea is not seen as interfering in the affairs of an independent country or facts have been twisted beyond recognition.

It’s precisely this “not interfering” in Ukraine or Georgia that prompted a group of US democratic senators to write a resolution against Russia’s participation in G7. Instead of addressing the reasons for this initiative, pro-Kremlin media used the Russophobia card. The same approach was adopted when the West noted that before the vote on amendments to Russia’s constitution – which will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 — campaigning both for and against the proposed changes was banned, thereby denying voters access to balanced information.

On the topic of democratic processes, or lack thereof, pro-Kremlin media also levelled a number of groundless accusations against NGOs: hegemonic mainstream media, some political institutes and NGOs used every mean at hand to express their rejection of Russia’s democratic process and funding NGOs explains how a man who calls himself a “philanthropist” [George Soros] managed to destabilise many European countries.

Corona continues

With the global pandemic showing no sign of abating and pro-Kremlin media claiming Russia has already found a vaccine, it is a good time to scrutinise how pro-Kremlin media have been covering the pandemic. As displayed by the timeline below, the main narratives are straightforward: Russia is doing great, while the West is on a losing streak.


related disinfo cases

Date
Title
Outlets
Country
28.07.2020
  • politnavigator.net
EU, Ukraine, Russia
27.07.2020
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
Ukraine, Russia
26.07.2020
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • akhbarlibya,
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • Alalam TV,
  • alarabi.press,
  • ,
  • albaosala.net,
  • albawabhnews.com,
  • albawabhnews.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • alhemyarianews.com,
  • alhilalalyoum.com,
  • almanar-tv.org,
  • almanar.com.lb,
  • almanartv.com.lb,
  • almarsad.co,
  • alwatanvoice.com,
  • ansarollah.com,
  • arabic.rt.com,
  • arabnews24.ca,
  • ,
  • asabnews.com,
  • awanmasr.com,
  • bald-news.com,
  • elmarada.org,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • elwatannews,
  • eshraag.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lb.almanar.com.lb,
  • lmsthnan.com,
  • manartv.com.lb,
  • masr20.com,
  • mawazin.net,
  • Misr Alan,
  • msdernet.xyz,
  • nabd.com,
  • pressbee.net,
  • pressbee.net,
  • rtarab.com,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • sahafah-24.net,
  • shamra.sy,
  • theworldnews.net,
  • voiceofbeladynews.com,
  • wakalaagency.com
Ukraine, Russia
24.07.2020
  • nahnews.org
Ukraine
23.07.2020
  • politros.com,
  • tsargrad.tv,
  • riafan.ru,
  • tsargrad.tv,
  • riafan.ru
Malaysia, Poland, The Netherlands, Germany, Ukraine, Russia
23.07.2020
  • tvzvezda.ru
Syria
23.07.2020
  • news-front.info
US, Ukraine
23.07.2020
  • news-front.info
US, Ukraine
23.07.2020
  • es.news-front.info
US, Russia
22.07.2020
  • riafan.ru
Ukraine
22.07.2020
  • riafan.ru
EU, US, Ukraine
21.07.2020
  • ru.armeniasputnik.am
EU, Russia
21.07.2020
  • russian.rt.com
EU, US, Ukraine
21.07.2020
  • news-front.info
US
21.07.2020
EU, Ukraine
21.07.2020
  • RIA
Russia
21.07.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
Poland, Russia
20.07.2020
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • akhbarlibya,
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • aliwaa.com.lb,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • elgornal.net,
  • arabic.rt.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • headtopics.com,
  • headtopics.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lmsthnan.com,
  • sawtalfarah.com,
  • shamra.sy,
  • sportnewsps.com
Ukraine, Russia
20.07.2020
  • politnavigator.net
Ukraine, Russia
19.07.2020
  • tsargrad.tv
UK
19.07.2020
  • news-front.info,
  • uz.sputniknews.ru
US, Russia
19.07.2020
  • news-front.info
US
19.07.2020
  • hu.news-front.info
Germany, Ukraine, Russia
19.07.2020
  • Berestje News
Poland, US, Belarus
18.07.2020
  • pl.sputniknews.com
Poland, Russia
18.07.2020
  • sputniknews.com
US, Russia
18.07.2020
  • arabic.rt.com,
  • alghad.tv,
  • nabd.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • syria-scope.com,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • alaan.org,
  • newhub.org,
  • iq.shafaqna.com,
  • alsjl-news,
  • khabar.one,
  • headtopics.com,
  • sahafaty.net
US
17.07.2020
  • antifashist.com
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
17.07.2020
  • de.news-front.info
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
17.07.2020
  • it.sputniknews.com
UK, Russia
17.07.2020
  • pl.sputniknews.com
Poland, US
17.07.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
Malaysia, Australia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
17.07.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
Malaysia, Australia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
17.07.2020
  • mejdurecie.md
EU, US
17.07.2020
  • novoross.info
US, Ukraine
17.07.2020
  • RT English
Syria
17.07.2020
  • news-front.info
Ukraine, Russia
17.07.2020
  • sputnik-ossetia.ru
Georgia, US
17.07.2020
  • novorosinform.org
Malaysia, The Netherlands, US, Ukraine, Russia
16.07.2020
  • news-front.info
Ukraine
16.07.2020
  • iz.ru
Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Latvia
16.07.2020
  • ru.armeniasputnik.am
EU, US
16.07.2020
  • vz.ru
EU, Poland, Russia
16.07.2020
  • iz.ru
Ukraine, Russia
16.07.2020
  • it.sputniknews.com
UK, Russia
16.07.2020
  • it.sputniknews.com
UK, Russia
16.07.2020
  • dnr-pravda.ru,
  • RIA,
  • Komsomolskaya Pravda - Ukraine
US, Ukraine
15.07.2020
  • bgr.news-front.info
Bulgaria, US, Russia
14.07.2020
  • Voskresnyi vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym - YouTube
Ukraine, Russia
13.07.2020
  • ro.sputnik.md
US
10.07.2020
  • nahnews.org
EU, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
10.07.2020
  • flux.md
Romania, US, Russia
10.07.2020
  • sputnik.by,
  • RIA
Russia
10.07.2020
  • mundo.sputniknews.com
Russia
10.07.2020
  • mundo.sputniknews.com
Mexico, US
10.07.2020
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
Ukraine, Russia
09.07.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Spanish, Castilian
EU
09.07.2020
  • mundo.sputniknews.com
US, Ukraine, Russia
08.07.2020
  • shamra.sy,
  • 6060news.com,
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • abu-link.com,
  • akhbarlibya,
  • akhbarlibya,
  • alaan.org,
  • albidda.net,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • arab-turkey.com,
  • arabic.rt.com,
  • bcarabic.com,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • eg24hours.com,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • fye-yemen.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lmsthnan.com,
  • lmsthnan.com,
  • Khabaralyoum,
  • masr20.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • ruarab.top,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • sabq-sa.com,
  • sada-ar.com,
  • shamra.sy,
  • sns.sy,
  • soshals.com,
  • soshals.com,
  • sportnewsps.com,
  • taqrirnews.com
Lithuania, Russia
08.07.2020
  • RT English
Lithuania, Russia
07.07.2020
  • PolitPuzzle,
  • 1k.com.ua,
  • riafan.ru
France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia
07.07.2020
  • RIA,
  • sputnik.by
Germany, US, Russia
07.07.2020
  • es.news-front.info
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
04.07.2020
  • hu.news-front.info,
  • Donbass Today
Ukraine, Russia
03.07.2020
  • hu.news-front.info,
  • politnavigator.net
Ukraine, Russia
02.07.2020
  • fr.sputniknews.com,
  • RIA
France, Russia
01.07.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
EU, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
30.06.2020
  • arabic.sputniknews.com,
  • masr20.com,
  • albidda.net
Baltic states, Russia, Latvia
30.06.2020
  • arabic.sputniknews.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • saadaonline.net
Baltic states, Russia, Latvia
28.06.2020
  • RT France - YouTube
Italy, France, US, Ukraine, Russia
26.06.2020
  • ru.armeniasputnik.am
EU, France, US, Russia
21.06.2020
  • tvzvezda.ru
Ukraine, Russia
10.06.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
US, Russia
04.06.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
EU, US

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