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#Commentary of Elena Melnik on new round of confrontation between United States and Russia in information field

The Russophobic campaign in the United States, which reached its peak under the presidency of Barack Obama, unfortunately, continues today. So, on May 3, the House of Representatives of the US Congress voted to create an interdepartmental committee to counteract the supposedly “active hidden influence” of Russia in other countries.

According to US congressmen, Russia uses such methods of hidden influence as “terrorist acts, political murders, manipulation of the media, misinformation and financing of agents of influence” in order to change the political situation in its favour in a number of countries. This explains the creation of a new interdepartmental structure. The new structure will include representatives of the National Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Energy, the Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI. The Committee will act on an ongoing basis and report annually on the work done before the Congress.

Moreover, investigations into the detection of allegedly hidden influence of Moscow will be conducted not only in the United States, but also in other countries, primarily European ones.

Back in November last year, the European Parliament approved a resolution condemning “Russian propaganda.” Among the measures proposed by the authors are the deepening of cooperation between the EU and NATO, increasing the “information literacy” of Europeans and increasing information broadcasting in the areas where “people especially prone to propaganda” live. And the authorities of France, the Netherlands and Germany agreed to establish a data exchange on the issue of countering the influence of Moscow. I want to note that it is the opposition leaders of these three countries (Marin Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in Holland and Frauke Petry in Germany) who are calling on the European Union to repeal the anti-Russian sanctions that are most harmful to the Europeans themselves. For this reason, they are attacked and charged with links to the Kremlin. I am sure that among the countries-vassals of the United States, which will support the fight against the “Russian threat” on their territory, there will be Ukraine, which has been under foreign control of the overseas masters for a long time.

All these accusations of Russia’s hidden influence continue remaining proofless to this day. Until now, not a single fact confirming the “Russian influence” neither in the history of allegedly Russian hacker attacks on the servers of Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters, nor in the electoral assistance to Donald Trump and Marin Le Pen has been provided.

It seems that the US plan to demonize Russia has not yielded the expected results and requires reconsideration. The creation of this committee should be seen as the coordination of efforts of different departments working in this direction.

It is pity that Obama’s legacy is again in demand, but with the new US president. Donald Trump during the campaign had repeatedly stated that he wanted to be through with the heavy heritage of his predecessor and establish relations with Russia. And great hopes were anchored in, first of all, by his own voters. But, in fact, such political decisions as the creation of the committee to combat the hidden influence of Russia will certainly not facilitate the establishment of relations between Washington and Moscow. It seems that it’s time for Donald Trump showed his true intentions: to remain true to his election promises and voters, or to go against the ambitious Russophobic political elite of the US Congress.

Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy

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