Disinfo: George Soros wants to exploit US violence

Summary
Soros’s foundation, which wants to “exploit” the moment of violence in the US, shows the perversity of the billionaire’s plans. But the protests are aimed at removing Trump from power, which is why the money Soros is “donating” has a direct link to the US presidential elections later this year.
Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the racial justice protests in the US are supported by George Soros.

There is no evidence to prove that the protests in the United States were funded by someone or that they were controlled by someone in the shadows, with the goal of removing Trump. The 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.

You can read more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on the US racial justice protests, such as claims that the US riots are a Maidan-style plot to oust Trump; that the US is suffering from a colour revolution it used to support abroad; that far-left Democrat organisations supported by Soros aim to oust Trump; that the protests are a second Civil War; or that the protests are directly organised by George Soros.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Romanian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Conspiracy theory, Donald Trump, Colour revolutions, George Soros

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Second civil war began in the USA

America has lost its landmarks, and a country that has lost its landmarks begins to distort and destroy its past. The second Civil War in the United States actually began.

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Part of recurring pro-Kremlin false messaging about a civil war in the US, earlier seen in relation with the migration crisis in the EU, aiming to show an imminent collapse of a certain country

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 25 May 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US. Despite high polarisation in the US, the unrest is not a civil war. The situation was very tense and protests spread to all 50 states of the country, top military officials and police officers worked to de-escalate the situation and demonstrations became largely peaceful. However, also violent confrontation continues. 

Clinton and Biden are preparing a coup d’etat in the United States

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are preparing a coup d’etat in the United States.

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Here we are talking about the forceful elimination of political opponents, as well as members of their families and ordinary supporters of the Republican Party, who will not accept usurpation of power by Clinton. The coup will be covered up with another portion of anti-Russian rhetoric, and hatred towards supporters of Trump. Ukrainian scenario might repeat already not in Kyiv, but in Washington. 

Group of “unknown snipers” to create a “democratic heavenly hundred” will be easily found by the American directors of color revolutions, that is not a problem. — The electoral drama may turn into a real bloody tragedy.

Disproof

No evidence given of any coup preparations. Conspiracy theory about the upcoming US presidential elections using a recurring method of drawing parallels between Ukraine, Euromaidan, and the US 2020 elections.

Democratic candidate for US president, Joe Biden, warned of potential efforts by China and Russia to disrupt the November election.

The US sold patrol boats to Ukraine because it wants revenge in Crimea

The US sold 16 Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine to reinforce the defence capabilities of the country. However, while both countries try to hide their intentions, it is clear that they both want revenge in Crimea. Washington is willing to help Ukraine to fight Russia in the sea. The US wants to undermine Russia’s national security with the sale of these boats. The US is helping Ukraine to increase its naval fleet in the Azov Sea in order to challenge Russia’s presence in Crimea. According to the Pentagon, this sale will reinforce Ukraine’s capabilities “to repeal current and future threats”, which doubtlessly is a reference to Russia. However, it has been Ukraine who threatened Crimea’s security in the last years.

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Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea and Ukraine, accusing other countries of taking aggressive actions in order to divert attention from its own violations of international law in the region.

The sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats was approved in the frame of the US support strategy to improve the security of Ukraine, and on the understanding that this equipment doesn’t alter the basic military balance in the region. The boats are not designed for sea combat, but for force protection and supporting maritime intercept, search and seizure operations, among other tasks. This is an attempt to portray Ukraine and the US as the aggressors in Crimea when it was actually Russia’s illegal takeover of the territory in 2014 that triggered the current conflict.