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The Kremlin’s New Take on Colour Revolutions

Pro-Kremlin media are continuing to push disinformation around the racial injustice protests in the US – claiming for example that the Democratic Party and philanthropist George Soros are funding the demonstrations with “dirty money” obtained in Ukraine. The idea that the protests are part of the “colour revolution” playbook also persist, with claims that George Floyd’s death at the hands of police was staged using drugs in order to incite the protests. Allegedly, this all part of a broader “globalist conspiracy” to prevent President Trump’s re-election, enabled by Soros-owned media outlets.

The pro-Kremlin media can never resist playing up the “colour revolution” theme. The West is thus accused of destabilising Belarus on the eve of its election. Hong Kong’s new security law – which the EU has warned “risks seriously undermining the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong” – is instead interpreted as a way for China to “eliminate the vulnerability of inadequate countermeasures to colour revolutions”. In fact, we are told that China is more democratic than the United States! Another case claims that “Western intelligence” is behind Hong Kong’s civil unrest, with the goal of “eroding China’s image in the eyes of Western public opinion”. The genuine democratic aspirations of Hong Kong’s civil society are of course entirely unacknowledged by the pro-Kremlin media.

And in recent events…

The pro-Kremlin media was surprisingly quiet about the Polish presidential election this week, describing it in one case as a “clash of Russophobic forces”. Even so, disinformation outlets could not resist getting a few jabs in about Poland’s alleged “Russophobia” and World War II historical revisionism. The Polish government was decried as “xenophobic” for its supposed hatred of all things Russian and accused of declaring war on historical truth and monuments – in addition to absolving the Nazi Third Reich.

Meanwhile, Latvia became the second EU country after Estonia to crack down on Russian state-sponsored disinformation outlets by enforcing EU sanctions against Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of Russian state media company Rossiya Segodnya. Kiselyov is on the EU sanctions list for his support of the annexation of Crimea and armed intervention in eastern Ukraine. Estonia’s enforcement of the sanctions is described by Sputnik as a violation of free speech. Meanwhile, Latvia’s media watchdog announced a ban on RT television channels on its territory due to the sanctions against Kiselyov. This rationale has been twisted around by the pro-Kremlin media, which falsely denies the existence of a link between Kiselyov and RT and calls Latvia’s decision “stupid and ignorant”, blinded by “Russophobia”.

 


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politnavigator.net
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15.07.2020
politnavigator.net
Ukraine, Russia
15.07.2020
News Front - Russian
Ukraine
14.07.2020
RT Russia
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14.07.2020
RIAFAN - Russian
Ukraine, Russia
14.07.2020
politnavigator.net
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14.07.2020
politnavigator.net
Ukraine, Russia
13.07.2020
politnavigator.net
Belarus
13.07.2020
nahnews.org
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13.07.2020
politnavigator.net
EU, Ukraine, Russia
13.07.2020
Moskovskij Komsomolets
EU, UK
12.07.2020
Sputnik Greece
US, Ukraine, Russia
12.07.2020
Sputnik Arabic, , New Hub, Khabar Masr
Ukraine, Russia
12.07.2020
6060news.com, 6060news.com, 6060news.com, akhbar1.com, akhbar1.com, akherkhabrtoday.com, akherkhabrtoday.com, akherkhabrtoday.com, akherkhabrtoday.com, Al-Binaa, alaan.org, AlAraby AlYoum, albidda.net, albidda.net, albidda.net, albidda.net, albidda.net, albidda.net, albidda.net, albidda.net, alekhbarya.com, alhilalalyoum.com, almasryalyoum.com, Al Minasa Press, Sputnik Arabic, asrar7days.com, aymna.com, corwna.com, dmcnews.org, dmcnews.org, dmcnews.org, dmcnews.org, dostor.org, elmowatn.com, elssayda.com, elwatannews, elwehda.com, eshraag.com, gate.ahram.org.eg, innfrad.com, Khabaralyoum, Khabar Masr, lmsthnan.com, lomazoma.com, Khabaralyoum, masr20.com, nabd.com, nabd.com, pressbee.net, pressbee.net, rosaelyoussef.com, saadaonline.net, saadaonline.net, sabq-sa.com, sabq-sa.com, sabq-sa.com, sabq-sa.com, sportnewsps.com, sportnewsps.com, sportnewsps.com, The Nation Press Arab, youm7.com
Ukraine, Russia
10.07.2020
PolitPuzzle
EU, Malaysia, The Netherlands, US, Ukraine, Russia
10.07.2020
Sputnik Spain
Mexico, US
10.07.2020
Sputnik France, News Front - French, rg.ru, RT Russia, Interfax, TASS - Russian, Interfax, argumenti.ru
Russia
10.07.2020
Sputnik Georgia
Syria, US
10.07.2020
Alalam TV, alansaar.net, alarabi.press, albaosala.net, albidda.net, alhemyarianews.com, almada.org, almasirah.net, almayadeen, almesasports.com, Al Minasa Press, alshbaka.net, alwaght.com, ar.suchtv.pk, Sputnik Arabic, Sputnik Arabic, arabipress, dmcnews.org, elfagrsport.com, elfagrsport.com, elnel-news.com, elnel-news.com, Gulf 365, Klyoum.com, Klyoum.com, Klyoum.com, kol-masr.com, masr20.com, mepanorama.net, raialyoum.com, sabq-sa.com, sahafah24, sahafah24, shamra, sportnewsps.com, sst-news.com, urdupoint.com, vedeng.co, wakalaagency.com, wakalaagency.com
Syria
10.07.2020
Sputnik Germany
France, US
10.07.2020
Sputnik Italia
Lebanon, Syria, US
10.07.2020
RT Arabic , almanar.com.lb, eltakrer.com, nabd.com, akhbarak.net, bawabaa.org, youm7.com, , AlAraby AlYoum, newsformy.com, egypt.shafaqna.com, rtarab.com, almanar-tv.org, manarnews.net, nadormagazine.com, almanarnews.org, saadaonline.net, Head Topics, Sahafaty
Syria, US, Russia
09.07.2020
novorosinform.org
Malaysia, The Netherlands, US, Ukraine, Russia
09.07.2020
News Front - French, Ria Novosti, rg.ru, topwar.ru, Russkaya Planeta, inosmi.ru
France, Ukraine, Russia
09.07.2020
Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Russia
09.07.2020
Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Italy
09.07.2020
Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
Ukraine, Russia
09.07.2020
Pervyi Kanal - YouTube
China, EU, US, Russia
08.07.2020
nk.org.ua
EU, US, Ukraine
08.07.2020
TASS - Russian, Pervyi Kanal, regnum.ru
EU, Ukraine, Russia
08.07.2020
Sputnik Arabic, dmcnews.org, elsiyasa.com, khafayalb.com, masr20.com, sabq-sa.com, transparencynews.com
US, Ukraine, Russia
08.07.2020
Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany
08.07.2020
Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Russia
08.07.2020
RT Germany (old)
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
08.07.2020
Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Germany, US
08.07.2020
Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
US, Ukraine
07.07.2020
Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Estonia, Baltic states
07.07.2020
asd.news
EU, Ukraine
07.07.2020
PolitPuzzle, 1k.com.ua
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
07.07.2020
News Front - Russian
Ukraine, Russia
07.07.2020
RT France, Sputnik France, Sputnik France, Sputnik France
Ukraine, Russia
07.07.2020
Iravunk.com
Armenia
07.07.2020
politnavigator.net, Tsargrad TV, Izvestia
Ukraine, Russia
07.07.2020
News Front - Spanish
Turkey, Georgia, US
06.07.2020
Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Germany, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
06.07.2020
Sputnik Armenia - Russian
EU, Italy, Russia
06.07.2020
politnavigator.net
Ukraine, Russia
06.07.2020
News Front - Spanish
Ukraine, Russia
06.07.2020
Sputnik Poland
Poland, Russia
06.07.2020
Sputnik Poland
Poland, Russia
06.07.2020
Gosudarstvennaya teleradio kompaniya Yuzhnoy Osetii (GTRKIR) - YouTube
Georgian region of South Ossetia, Georgia, US
05.07.2020
Rossia 24 - YouTube, vesti.ru
Ukraine, Russia
04.07.2020
RT English
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
04.07.2020
Sputnik Germany
EU, US, Russia
04.07.2020
RT France - YouTube
EU, France
04.07.2020
RT Russia
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
04.07.2020
myvideo.ge Resource
US
03.07.2020
politnavigator.net
Russia
03.07.2020
dnr-pravda.ru
Malaysia, The Netherlands, US, Ukraine, Russia
03.07.2020
novoross.info
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03.07.2020
Ria Novosti - Crimea
Ukraine, Russia
03.07.2020
News Rambler
EU, Ukraine, Russia
02.07.2020
6060news.com, akhbarlibya, albidda.net, RT Arabic , arabipress, eltakrer.com, kachaf.com, kol-masr.com, lb.shafaqna.com
Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia
02.07.2020
News Front - Russian
EU
02.07.2020
Pervyi Kanal
Bulgaria, France, Sweden, Germany, Russia
02.07.2020
Ria Novosti - Crimea, regnum.ru, Argumenty i Fakty, Parlamentskaya Gazeta
EU, Ukraine, Russia
01.07.2020
Ria Novosti, Sputnik Belarus - Russian
China, Hong Kong, US, Russia
01.07.2020
asd.news
EU, US, Ukraine
01.07.2020
rubaltic.ru
Lithuania
30.06.2020
e-news.pro, News Front - Russian, News Front - French
US, Ukraine
30.06.2020
RIAFAN - Russian
UK, Ukraine
30.06.2020
tvzvezda.ru
Ukraine, Russia
30.06.2020
RT Spanish - YouTube
China, Hong Kong
30.06.2020
Sputnik France, rg.ru, kp.ru, Ria Novosti, RIAFAN - Russian, Ria Novosti, Sputnik Latvia - Russian
Russia, Latvia
29.06.2020
News Front - Spanish
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
29.06.2020
Sputnik Poland
EU, Russia
28.06.2020
Sputnik Poland
Poland, Russia
27.06.2020
News Front - French, News Front - Russian
China, US, Ukraine, Russia
27.06.2020
Tsargrad TV
Ukraine, Russia
26.06.2020
News Front - Bulgarian
US
24.06.2020
RT France
Ukraine, Russia
23.06.2020
Sputnik Armenia - Russian
EU, Ukraine, Russia
22.06.2020
mejdurecie.md
US
15.06.2020
Rossia 24 - YouTube
Kosovo, Serbia
13.06.2020
akwadon.com, albidda.net, alghad.tv, alhadeel.net, aliwaa.com.lb, Al Minasa Press, altajadud.com, RT Arabic , eltakrer.com, eshraag.com, Head Topics, iraqnews-in.com, kachaf.com, kachaf.com, kol-masr.com, rtarab.com, saadaonline.net, sns.sy, RT France
EU, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Russia
11.06.2020
News Front - German
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
10.06.2020
akwadon.com, abu-link.com, akhbarak.net, albidda.net, RT Arabic , eltakrer.com, kachaf.com, kol-masr.com, nabd.com, raialyoum.com, rtarab.com, rtarab.com
Syria, Russia