Disinfo: Americans and Europeans sent Navalny back to Russia to divert attention


[Alexei] Navalny and those behind him planned the attempt to destabilise the country not according to the Russian political calendar, but the American one… His masters put the Russian protest plan according to the American calendar, coinciding with [US President Joe] Biden’s inauguration. The United States is divided at the moment, and there is a possibility that the Biden administration may orchestrate an escalation of the confrontation with Russia, as an attempt to unify the internal American ranks on the fight against the traditional enemy. After decades of anti-Soviet propaganda, and later Russia, Russia may be an ideal target to divert the attention of Americans and Europeans away from domestic problems.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation associated with opposition figure and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

The unfounded claim is presented without evidence aiming to deflect the authorities' responsibility in the poisoning attempt of Navalny and to discredit Navalny by portraying him as a puppet of the West.

Navalny’s decision to return to Russia is related to his refusal to become an exile and to internal deliberations of his political movement, not to any order from abroad.

This message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are "colour revolutions" directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors in order to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change. And the West is always an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups and colour revolutions.

The 2021 Russian protests began on 23 January 2021 in support of the arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny and as a reaction to the investigation Putin's Palace. The rallies — from Russia’s Far East to central Moscow — came less than a week after Navalny returned from Germany, where he recovered from a nerve agent poisoning in August during a trip to Siberia. Navalny was arrested shortly after stepping off the plane. More than 3,300 people were arrested in protests spanning nearly 70 cities and towns across Russia.

The European Union has condemned mass arrests and police brutality during the protests in Russia.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Alexei Navalny in our database, such as claims that his anti-corruption foundation has never done any investigation, that he is being helped by Western intelligence services, that only caffeine and alcohol were found in his blood during his poisoning, that the US wanted to use his case to block Russia's vaccines, that the West hopes that he dies to have an excuse for new sanctions, or that neo-liberal forces are behind Navalny, or that the West is sending Navalny back to Russia to prevent him from becoming irrelevant.

The same article mentioned another claim that Protests in Russia erupted at the exact moment set by the US embassy.


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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: West, Protest, Alexei Navalny, Intelligence services, Joe Biden, Colour revolutions, Europe


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Protests in Russia erupted at the exact moment set by the US embassy

Protests erupted in Russia on Saturday 23 January, at the exact time and according to the same places mentioned and published on the official page of the US Embassy in Moscow with the utmost precision.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation associated with opposition figure and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

While the narrative alleges that the US moved to interfere with Russian domestic affairs and therefore violated Russia's sovereignty, the aforementioned statement, which was published by the US Embassy in Moscow and the US State Department, specifically advised US citizens residing in Russia to stay away from the demonstrations.

The ruling elite and Greta Thunberg wants to reduce world population

Efforts to reduce world population. The Million Diamond or global ruling elite has realised that with the increase in the population of the planet, the resources will not be sufficient to maintain the same status and current quality of life for that elite for long. From here we see the forced imposition of anti-social values ​​by people advocating for globalisation, such as LGBT values, the destruction of family values, and the legalisation of drugs.

In my opinion, all of this is designed to serve the goal of reducing the world’s population at the expense of the poorer and less fortunate classes of education and thought, and therefore the most vulnerable to the penetration of this propaganda.

The likes of Greta Thunberg, the green economy advocates and similar people, it seems to be an attempt to find an ethical justification to reduce the consumption of the poorer classes in society.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret global elites" planning to control the world's population merged with a negative message about Greta Thunberg who is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation.

The narrative about “threatening values” is adapted to a wide range of topics and typically used to discredit liberal attitudes about the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBTI groups, among others.

The US is heading towards a civil war

The Biden – Harris couple did not win the elections, they occupied the White House. The counting of the presidential election took place in many places behind closed doors, as in a dictatorship. The US is becoming more divided every day and is heading towards a civil war. When the Soviet Union broke up, Professor Igor Panarin predicted that the United States would soon fall apart too and would break up into several different countries along ethnic lines. The events of September 11 temporarily prevented the disintegration of the United States and allowed Washington to once again become master of the world.


The article contains two recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. The first narrative is about an imminent civil war and state collapse in America, with the disintegration the United States into separate nations. The second narrative claims that the 2020 US Presidential elections were fraudulent and seeks to de-legitimise the conduct and results of these elections.

The article provides no evidence to support its claims that the US is heading towards civil war and that the 2020 US presidential elections were fraudulent.