Disinfo: Euromaidan was a coup where pro-Western forces teamed up with ultranationalists

Summary

The 2014 Maidan coup saw pro-Western forces team up with outright ultranationalists and topple the nation’s legitimate government.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a violent coup spearheaded by "ultranationalists."

The Euromaidan was not a coup attempt but a nationwide popular protest against the government's sudden announcement that it would not sign the EU Association Agreement. See the full debunk here.

Moreover, far-right groups had a very limited presence during the protests and have suffered spectacular defeats in every national election since 2014.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Coup, Euromaidan, The West, Nazi/Fascist

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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Mike Pompeo travelled to Jerusalem to develop plans for future terrorism with the Israelis

A few days ago, in the midst  of a questionable “pandemic”, while the borders of most countries were closed, Mike Pompeo visited occupied Palestine to meet his terrorist comrades in the Zionist entity in order to develop plans for future terrorism and future crimes.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is given.

This message is part of a broader pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory alleging that the United States, Israel and other Western states have created and supported many terrorist organisations and control global terrorism.

Joe Biden was personally profiteering in Ukraine

Joe Biden was personally profiteering in Ukraine. Not only his son, Hunter Biden, who has fictitiously worked for Burisma company in Ukraine receiving enormous amounts of money for nothing, but also Biden himself [got] a million dollars for his family for consultations.

The purpose of this consultation was actually to pressure then-president Poroshenko so that he would fire the prosecutor-general Victor Shokin, who was investigating the corruption of the Biden family – the father Joe and son Hunter, who were unlawfully helping themselves in Ukraine. For the firing of inconvenient Shokin, the US vice president promised Poroshenko one billion dollars which could be used by Poroshenko’s companies that received military contracts. […] It is a story of international corruption and high treason.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.

The disinformation message appeared after the leak of the audio tapes containing edited fragments of a conversation between former US Vice President Joe Biden and former president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

US creates ethnic weapons against Russians and Slavs in its biolabs

The main goal of the US [biological laboratories] is to surround Russia not only with troops but also with bio laboratories, which, in the event of a possible military threat, will make it possible to deliver a swift strike with the most unpredictable and deadly biological weapons. As we know, a new virus can spread very quickly and its effects on humans scare even experienced doctors.
At the same time, the Americans may be creating not just biological weapons, but ethnic weapons aimed exclusively at the extermination of Russians and the entire Slavic ethnic group.

Disproof

This is a recurring conspiracy theory alleging, without evidence, that the United States develops biological weapons and has secret biological laboratories around the world. The disinformation claim also capitalises on the oft-recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia, as well as laboratories in Ukraine, all of them encircling Russia. According to this and similar claims, the main task of these labs is to create "combat" viruses against Russians.

In fact, virology laboratories in Ukraine are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases by pathogens and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism. Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Georgia officially addressed the conspiracy theories behind the Richard Lugar Centre as "nonsense and typical of Russian misinformation and propaganda campaigns." The Richard Lugar Centre for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. It is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system. Read more about the disinformation campaign surrounding the Lugar Laboratory on Myth Detector.