East StratCom disinformation claim:
Syrian president Bashar Assad is not a terrorist, he is the legitimate president of Syria, democratically elected, just like Stalin was, whether we like it or not.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 2. October 2016
The last presidential elections in Syria were far from “democratic”: https://eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140604_03_en.pdf
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 43. The item is located at row number 19 in the report.