East StratCom disinformation claim:
The elites in Europe are Russophobic and have been under the control of US foreign policy for 25 years, whereas ordinary Europeans want to live in peace and alliance with Russia.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 7. March 2017
No evidence given. Disinformation campaign often aims at creating divisions in society, for example between the “elite” and “ordinary people”; without actually having any sociological data for such claims. Despite current difficulties in the relationship with Russia, the EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, e.g.through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts.
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 62. The item is located at row number 28 in the report.