Disinfo: Euromaidan was a coup d’etat financed by global corporations


Euromaidan was a coup d’etat financed by global corporations


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives depicting  the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat that was artificially orchestrated by US intelligence, Western powers and/or “global élites”.

This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially in the former Soviet republics, as Western-funded "colour revolutions", including the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan) in Ukraine, which began in 2013 without any outside influence.

Ukrainians spontaneously united against the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych after his government refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union, which had taken seven years to negotiate, due to pressure from Russia. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence.

Read similar cases claiming that the US has recognised Euromaidan as a coup controlled by US officials and that Ukrainian government lost its legitimacy after 2014 coup


  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian, English
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Secret elites / global elites, Colour revolutions, Coup, Euromaidan


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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