Disinfo: Events in Kyrgyzstan are a test before a colour revolution in Russia

Summary

The events in Kyrgyzstan are a continuation of the Western policy to work out the scenario of a “colour revolution” in Russia, scheduled for 2021. The upcoming elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation are speeding up the West’s preparation.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Kyrgyzstan based on recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that accuses the West of orchestrating "colour revolutions" in Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, and other states.

The protests in Kyrgyzstan erupted to contest the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on 4 October, which are considered unfair by oppositional parties. As a result of the elections, none of the twelve established oppositional parties secured seats in the parliament. The parties declared they would not recognise the results of the vote. The President and the ruling parties were accused of vote-buying and voter intimidation. On 7 October, the electoral authorities annulled the election results.

Pro-Kremlin media frequently use disinformation narratives falsely claiming popular protests around the world are incited and funded by the US and other Western states. It has been applied, among others, to protests in UkraineVenezuelaGeorgia, and Belarus, as well as to present a deceiving narrative on the aggressive West constantly preparing new coups.

See similar cases claiming that the protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to a Maidan scenario and that the West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Kyrgyzstan, EU, UK, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions

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