Disinfo: Colour revolutions and NGOs lead to the destruction of states, Armenia is an example

Summary

We are breaking the arc of instability around Russia.

Why did Pashinyan capitulate? Pashinyan is an Armenian Navalny, he came to power after a coup d’etat, and then legitimised his rule. This is the result when a non-systemic oppositionist, behind whom is the American embassy, ​​takes power in the state. Nowhere, and never, does the colour revolution bring good. Not in any country. […]

A lesson for everyone is that colour revolutions lead to the destruction of a state. The largest American embassy leads to the destruction of the [Armenian] state. Soros’ NGOs undermine state structures. This is a lesson for the entire post-Soviet region.

Disproof

This case presents a mix of multiple recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on encircling Russia, colour revolutions, and the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, claming that the peaceful protests in most of the post-Soviet states are directed against Russia.

This recurring pro-Kremlin narrative paints all manifestations of popular discontent in the region as colour revolutions, portrays entire nations of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as pathologically Russophobic, and alleges that the West is attempting to encircle Russia and create instability around all Russian border.

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".

Peaceful protests, cooperation with the West, and NGOs do not lead to the destruction of states in the post-Soviet region. Many conflicts in the region are a result of direct armed aggression of Russia, such as in the case of Ukraine or Georgia.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that certain forces have encircled Russia with an explosive geopolitical belt, that protests and revolutions in former Soviet countries are part of a plan against Russia, that NATO tanks aimed at Belarus and Union State, that Russia will be surrounded by an arc of instability, or that clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh are part of an anaconda ring plan against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, Encircling Russia, Colour revolutions

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