Description: Viral reports
Circulating since: July 2013
Status: FALSE (see details below)
As shared via Twitter and Facebook on July 2, 2013:
- #FEMA signs deal w/ Russian troops to patrol U.S. events.
- Obama Requests 15,000 Russian Troops For "Upcoming" Disaster
- FEMA Plans to Use Russian Troops in U.S. WOW!!! Good luck America!!! People need to rise before its to late!
- Make sure you have plan to keep your family safe. This sounds like a bad movie. This should scare the crap out of you. Obama and the left are bringing America to it's knees. According to the terms of a deal signed in Washington last week, Russian soldiers will soon be allowed to patrol American soil, "to provide security at mass events."
- OBAMA IS A TRAITOR ALLOWING RUSSIAN TROOPS TO POLICE MAJOR US EVENTS!!!!!
Analysis: Is it true that FEMA signed an agreement to deploy Russian troops to provide security at mass events in the U.S.A.? No, that's a fictional claim which distorts the terms of an actual agreement signed by representatives of FEMA and the Russian Emergency Ministry on June 25, 2013.
The actual agreement states that the two countries will share the expertise of first responders and emergency managers of both nations as part of an ongoing collaborative emergency preparedness program originally launched in 1996 and last renewed in 2007.
The agencies also agreed to collaborate on improving protections against meteorite impacts and other space threats. There was no mention in the official announcements of these agreements of deploying Russian troops on U.S. soil, much less 15,000 of them.
A FEMA spokesperson quoted by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti confirmed that there will be no exchange of security or military personnel under the agreements.
Misinformative reports about the terms of the agreements issued from standard conspiracy theorist venues such as the European Union Times ("Obama Requests 15,000 Russian Troops for 'Upcoming' Disaster," original article credited to Sorcha Faal) and Alex Jones' Infowars website ("Russian Forces to Provide 'Security' at U.S. Events," written by Paul Joseph Watson), none of which provided documentation for their hyperbolic claims apart from the publicly available sources I have linked to above.
Sources and further reading:
Several Documents Signed During Joint Work of Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA
EMERCOM of Russia, 26 June 2013
FEMA, Russian Ministry Join Forces Against Space Threat
RIA Novosti, 26 June 2013
No Russian Security Guards at American 'Mass Events' – US Agency
RIA Novosti, 2 July 2013
FEMA's International Programs & Activities
FEMA, 16 June 2012
Joint Report: 2009-2010 Results of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission: Emergency Situations
U.S. Dept. of State, 24 June 2010
Russia, USA to Continue Cooperation in Emergency Relief Efforts
BBC News, 4 December 2007
Last updated 10/05/13