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

Debunk claim:

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

Additional information

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.

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