Disinfo: Biden will organise colour revolutions and support terrorists

Summary

The [US President Joe] Biden administration will spread democracy by organising "colour revolutions," and even support for insurgencies, terrorists and warring parties where there are wars.

Disproof

A clear pre-emptive distortion of the actual statements made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about colour revolutions.

In his first major foreign policy speech, Blinken outlined the US President [Joe] Biden administration's priorities, promising to avoid "costly military interventions".

Blinken clearly said:

“We will use the power of our example. We will encourage others to make key reforms, overturn bad laws, fight corruption, and stop unjust practices. We will incentivize democratic behaviour.
We will not promote democracy through costly military interventions or by attempting to overthrow authoritarian regimes by force. We have tried these tactics in the past. However well-intentioned, they haven’t worked”.

The Financial Times described this move as seeking to avoid longstanding criticisms that Washington is a meddling global policeman.

Moreover, this case paints popular protests occurring anywhere in the world as “colour protest” staged operations by foreign powers. Similar claims can be found about Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong and Russia.

See more similar disinformation cases in our database claiming that the Arab Spring was organised by the West; or that Joe Biden came to power after a colour revolution; or that US forces transport ISIS members inside Syria; or that Anthony Fauci admits that the COVID-19 vaccine situation has turned into a competition.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Joe Biden, fake news, Conspiracy theory
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ECHR's Navalny ruling is an attempt to meddle in Russian affairs

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)’s demand that Moscow immediately release Alexei Navalny is an attempt to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs and exert pressure on Russian courts.

On 2 February, a Moscow court ruled that Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves-Rocher embezzlement case be converted to a real prison term of two years and six months. The claim that Navalny is a victim of repression has already been refuted by the ECHR itself; the latter found no evidence of political persecution in the Yves-Rocher case.

Disproof

The claim is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign targeting Russian activist Alexei Navalny.

The story grossly misrepresents the ECHR’s interim ruling concerning Navalny’s arrest. The Court is not seeking a reversal of Navalny’s conviction, but merely imploring Russia to respect the defendant’s rights under the Convention. The ECHR press release summarising the above-mentioned ruling reads:

No evidence Russia waged disinformation campaign targeting Western coronavirus vaccines

By accusing Moscow of spreading disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, US propagandists that spread the original ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy are doing it again, stoking fear and hatred and projecting amid a pandemic.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine casting Russia as the spearhead of the global race to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19 and to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The claim that the West is trying to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine is unfounded.

Experts' reports conclude that Russia has perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine in terms of geopolitical and economic gain.

The ECHR refuted that Navalny is being persecuted for his political activity

By defending Alexei Navalny, Josep Borrell doesn’t even respect the resolutions of the Court in Strasbourg. The claims that Navalny is persecuted for his political activity were refuted by the European Court of Human Rights, which didn’t find any political intrigue in the case open against him after the denunciation of the company Yves Rocher.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that sentences handed down by Russian courts against Alexei Navalny and his brother on financial charges were “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable”. In a second rulling in 2019, the ECHR determined that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by placing Navalny under house arrest and said it was "apparent that he had been treated in that way in order to curtail his public activities." Given these precedents, in February 2021 the ECHR demanded that Russia release Navalny.