Disinfo: Western-sponsored colour revolutions prevent governments from nationalising their own resources


Any government that attempts to nationalise its country’s resources, instead of selling them off, is struck by Western-sponsored colored revolutions.


Conspiracy theory. No evidence is given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that depicts colour revolutions as attempts by the West to overthrow unwelcome regimes in post-Soviet states and in other regions, and as Western-sponsored efforts to subvert governments seeking to regain national sovereignty and control over national resources.

According to this narrative, which has been recently applied also to explain protests in Venezuela, and in Bolivia any civil uprising is not spontaneous, but is supported, if not outright organised by the West, which is portrayed as an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups.

This message is also consistent with the narrative of lost sovereignty, which denies the existence of genuine grass-roots protests, portraying the latter as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions.

Read here a case claiming that colour revolutions have been promoted by democracy-obsessed neo-liberal Western elites who aim to export by any means the model of society they prefer, including through war.


  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Keywords: West, Democracy, Secret elites / global elites, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy theory


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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OPCW omitted key facts in report on Douma chemical attack

An internal OPCW email reveals that the organisation doctored its own report on the 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Syria by misrepresenting or omitting key facts. This was done in order to bring the report’s conclusions in line with Western claims that the attack had been perpetrated by the Syrian government.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives attacking the independence and integrity of the OPCW; lending credence to the claim that the 2018 Douma attack was staged; and absolving the Syrian regime of responsibility for chemical attacks in general.

The email in question is dated 22 June 2018 and therefore could not have been referring to the final OPCW report on Douma, which was released 1 March 2019. In fact, the final report addresses all the points raised by the employee and addresses some of his/her concerns. See here for a point-by-point disproof by Bellingcat.

Europe is engulfed by sanctions against Russia

Major European countries are overwhelmed by sanctions against Russia […]. Nearly half of the losses caused by sanctions against Russia are incurred by Western countries.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia are ineffective and/or meaningless.

In fact, the sanctions from the US and the EU do not aim to punish Russia or the Russian people but were introduced to send a clear signal to the Russian government after Russia's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane MH17.

White Helmets do nothing to help civilians

The White Helmets are cooperating with the terrorist group “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra).

What or who is hiding behind the White Helmets organization and why are they supported by the West? The White Helmets do nothing to help civilians, but instead, they cooperate with terrorists. Riam Dalati, a BBC producer in Syria, recently announced that the recording of the scene in the hospital after the chemical attack in the Syrian Douma region, which was claimed to have occurred in early April 2018, was fabricated.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the White Helmets. No evidence is given to substantiate the claim that they have connections to Al Qaeda and/ or other terrorist groups.

The claim that the White Helmets are the creation of Western intelligence” is unsubstantiated and constitutes a groundless conspiracy theory.