By Finian Cunningham
March 12, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" -
German media reported this week that Germany
is the “most-targeted European Union member
for Russian disinformation”.
Apart from the sensational headlines,
there is actually very little substantiating
detail to back up the provocative claim.
source of the allegations of Russian
disinformation is an EU media monitoring group
called EUvsDisinfo, which claims it
has identified a “systematic campaign against
Germany” allegedly run by the Kremlin.
The Russian government and media have
repeatedly rejected accusations of interference
in other states’ internal affairs.
Again, when you parse the German media
source’s supposedly investigative study there is
little in the way of substance. It’s laden with
grave claims of “Russia aggression” but light on
EUvsDisinfo claims to have identified over
700 fake Russian media stories targeting Germany
over a five-year period. It only cites a few
though, including a story about a Russian family
being harassed by German authorities over their
children’s welfare; and Russian media reports
claiming Alexei Navalny’s wife has dual
citizenship and may be working with German state
intelligence. Hardly stuff that would knock your
socks off or bring state institutions crashing
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Curiously, the EU media monitor speculates
that the German-related stories may be intended
for a “domestic audience”, that is for people
living in Russia.
The report says: “Most
of the topics mentioned above have not been
exploited in Russia’s channels in German:
neither RT, nor Sputnik have chosen to
report on ‘Germany’s oppression of
Russians’ or on the ‘Spy Story’ or even Ms
So, the media analysts at EUvsDisinfo
acknowledge that Russian media based in Germany
have not reported on the above stories. How then
is Russian disinformation targeting Germany if
Russian media channels are not running
supposedly harmful stories for German audiences?
The EUvsDisinfo analysts resort to paranoia
by speculating that this is sneaky
“But Russia’s doublespeak is a systematic
and deliberate approach. It intends to
create uncertainty, sow discord; give
Russian officials room for manoeuvre.
Germany can be played against other EU
Member States, against the EU itself,
against other countries…” it conjectures
The whole affair smacks of a put-up job.
Elements within the EU administration routinely
accuse Russia of disinformation and interference
and this latest study looks like a contrived
effort to lend some credibility to that ropy
Similarly, the German tabloid newspaper Bild
ran a sensational report this week claiming that
RT is on orders from the Kremlin to spy on
Germany. Once again, typically, the shock and
awe headline, however, does not stand up from
the flimsy details reported. (The tabloid might
consider renaming itself “Bilge”.)
Paradoxically, it is the EU and German media
which are far more guilty of peddling
disinformation against Russia, than the
other way around.
In the EUvsDisinfo “study”, it is casually
asserted without any evidence that Russia is
conducting aggressive acts such as
the “attempted assassination” of former spy
Sergei Skripal and blogger-fraudster Alexei
Navalny; the “annexation of Crimea”; the “shooting
down of MH17”, among other alleged malign
incidents. All these incidents are dubious,
unproven and strongly contestable in a way that
absolves Russia from any wrong-doing. Yet, the
EU media monitor has no qualms about reeling off
assertions as if they are facts beyond dispute
in such a way that is highly defamatory and in
breach of due process or diplomatic protocol.
Who is the real victim of disinformation? Sounds
like Russia is way more the target than Germany.
If the EU and German media were so concerned
about false claims poisoning public perception,
they would be better highlighting constant
American media disinformation about the Nord
Steam 2 gas pipeline being a ploy by Russia to
dominate Germany and Europe; or American media
disinformation relentlessly claiming without
evidence that Russia is meddling in internal
politics when it was the American NSA that
tapped the personal phone calls of German
Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Germany, and Europe more generally, has been
the target of mind-numbing American
disinformation for decades in order for
Washington to keep the Europeans in a
subordinate role as deranged lackeys in spite of
their best interests being to have normal
relations with Russia.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
this week said he wanted to align Germany
more with the United States to apply sanctions
on Russia (and China). Say no more, case rested.