Disinfo: Armenia is under the control of the most anti-Russian transatlantic forces

Summary

The fact is that from 2018, after the coup, Armenia is under external rule: the country is controlled by the most anti-Russian transatlantic forces.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about lost sovereignty and threatened values as well as colour revolutions . This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, as West-funded "coups".

The narrative has been applied, among others, to report about protests in Ukraine, Venezuela, Georgia, and Belarus, as well as to portray the West as an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups.

There was no coup d'etat in 2018 in Armenia, but peaceful protests of hundreds of thousand people in response to Serzh Sargsyan's third consecutive term, and the country's prime minister and former president for a decade. Sargsyan resigned in response to overwhelming opposition pressure, including deserting soldiers, admitting that he was "wrong". “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand,” his statement said.

Armenia is a sovereign state, which declares its independence in 1991. The incumbent government of Armenia has been democratically elected in 2018 snap parliamentary elections. Those were the first elections after the 2018 revolution and the country's first-ever snap elections. The result was a landslide victory for My Step Alliance, which received 70% of the vote and won 88 of the 132 seats in the National Assembly.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that global neo-colonialists stage colour revolutions and conquer indigenous national elites, that the Anglo-Saxons rule America “from abroad” and are now trying to control Russia, that Armenia is under Soros occupation, and that agents of Soros are destroying Armenian statehood, that  Armenia is under Anglo-American occupation, and that Armenia is occupied by foreign agent networkand that masters of the colour revolution are only aimed at changing the geopolitical direction of Armenia,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Armenia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Sovereignty, Coup, The West

Disclaimer

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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Disproof

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Disproof

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