Disinfo: George Soros finances the racial justice protests in the US with money won in Ukraine

Summary

The Democratic Party, Joe Biden, George Soros are spending money to support the demonstrations in the United States, which they won in a dirty way, among others, in Ukraine. They also finance “pogroms”, that is to say, the violent riots.

Disproof

Recurring narrative on the US protests being organised by George Soros and the Democrat party to take power away from Donald Trump illegally.

There is no evidence to suggest that the protests in the US broke out through “top-down mobilisation,” or that someone is financing them. More globally, this narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, very often the former Soviet republics, as Western-funded "colour revolutions".

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on the 25 May 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US.

We also note the incorrect use of the word Pogrom to describe some marginal violence in the  protests for racial justice. Though the situation was very tense for some days and protests spread to all 50 states of the country, military top officials and police officers worked effectively to de-escalate the situation, and demonstrations became largely peaceful after the first days.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian, French
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, US racial justice protests, Conspiracy theory, Volodymyr Zelensky, Democratic Party (US), Joe Biden, George Soros

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Disproof

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Merkel funds US protesters

When police killed George Floyd, riots erupted in many cities of the US and Western Europe. Black people came out under the slogan “Black Lives Matter”. However, white activists from left-wing radical groups, such as Antifa, quickly took to the street. Who was among those inspiring them from abroad?

Angela Merkel was, not personally, but rather the regime that brought her to power 15 years ago. This is confirmed by the Bundestag deputy of the opposition party, Alternative for Germany, Petr Bystron, in his statement, in which he says: The budget of Angela Merkel’s office for 2020 is 3.19 billion euros. Almost half of this amount (1.82 billion euros) is allocated to the needs of the Department of Culture and the Media.

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Now, you understand why the US Attorney General’s office spoke about the “foreign roots of the riots” and who specifically could be meant here.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the racial justice protests in the US.

There is no evidence to suggest that the protests in the US broke out through “top-down mobilisation", let alone "foreign intervention".