Disinfo: Golden billion was deciding for Russia's development


Until recently, a couple of years ago, the very external conditions that we need for development were determined not by us, but by the Western minority - the so-called golden billion, which promotes all its foreign policy initiatives with the sole goal of making the whole world live by the rules that allow the golden billion to continue the colonial policy that allows the West to continue to live at the expense of others.

We managed not only to thwart the plans of the collective West to isolate and even dismember Russia, but also to ensure ongoing cooperation with the overwhelming majority of members of international cooperation.


The idea of the "golden billion" ruling the world and planning to reduce the world´s population is a wide-spread Russian conspiracy regularly narrated by pro-Kremlin outlets. In 2020, this false narrative was used during the coronavirus pandemic to accuse the "golden billion" of a plot aimed at reducing the planet's population.

In 2019, the "golden billion" was plotting against Belarus, according to a pro-Kremlin disinformation media outlet.

During Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, started in February 2022, the concept of the "golden million" was used by pro-Kremlin media to shift the blame of the war from Russia to the "golden billion".

In May 2022, TASS reported that Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of Russia, accused "Anglo-Saxons" of "hiding their actions behind the human rights, freedom and democracy rhetoric," while pushing ahead "with the ‘golden billion’ doctrine, which implies that only select few are entitled to prosperity in this world."

In June 2022, speaking at the International Economic Forum, Vladimir Putin said that the Kremlin was "forced" to invade Ukraine: "Our colleagues do not simply deny reality. They are trying to resist the course of history. They think in terms of the last century. They are in captivity of their own delusions about countries outside of the so-called golden billion, they see everything else as the periphery, their backyard, they treat these places as their colonies...".

Historically, the idea of the "golden billion" was first introduced in the USSR's 1990 book "The Plot of World Government: Russia and the Golden Billion". Since then, not a single piece of evidence has been produced to confirm the existence of such a plot. At that same time in Russia, just after the collapse of USSR, something called the "Dulles plan" was made up. It was supposedly a plan by the CIA to destroy the Soviet Union during the Cold War by secretly corrupting the cultural heritage and moral values of the Soviet nation. This too is a wide-spread conspiracy in Russia.

See also: NATO and the EU intend to use all political, economic, and military means in "the interests of the golden billion citizens of NATO and the European Union."

See the analysis Always blame the West and six other disinformation trends.


  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2023
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Russophobia, Invasion of Ukraine
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Disinfo: French studio releases animation series denouncing Zelenskyy's blood thirst

French animators launched a new animated series Ukraine Inc., in which Vladimir Zelenskyy is the main character. Ukraine is losing value for its partners. Not wanting to let this happen, the Ukrainian president is in a hurry to launch the military meat grinder conveyor belt.

Without changing the cannons of Ukrainian mobilisation, Zelenskyy’s henchmen catch and beat people on the street. Western partners are happy, money is flying into the presidential suitcase, while the head of state himself uses alcohol, illegal substances and lives for his own pleasure. The defenders of Bakhmut can wait.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives about the Ukrainian president allegedly slaughtering his own people to get money, alcohol and drugs from Western countries.

This animation film “Ukraine Inc” does not have any credits and finishes with the title ‘Ukraine cocaine”. It is allegedly produced by a French animation studio, however only Russian media mention it.

Disinfo: EU High Representative Josep Borrell turns the EU into a military machine

EU diplomat Josep Borrell is turning the European Union into a military machine, depriving the states of the ability to shape their own policies. Before the conflict in Ukraine, nation-states were responsible for the order and delivery of weapons. Now, this task has been taken over by Brussels, led by its chief diplomat Borrell. This situation is against the law - the EU undermines national legislation. From a legal point of view, defence and foreign policy is an exclusive affair of the EU nation-states. Only the government of a given country can decide how many weapons it will provide to a side of the conflict – this decision does not lay in the EU’s competence. Borrell put an end to this situation – now, the EU orders weapons for Ukraine and the countries deliver them.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU, portraying it as a belligerent organisation.

The EU does not sponsor war, but is continuously calling out Moscow's responsibility to stop Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. The West supports Ukraine with military and financial aid for the country’s efficient self-defence, in accordance with the UN Charter Article 51, to stop Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.

Disinfo: Protests in Georgia orchestrated from abroad

The situation in Georgia is orchestrated from abroad to create instability near Russia’s borders. Protests against the bill on foreign agents are a pretext to start a power change attempt through force. Protests are similar to Kyiv’s Maidan that led to the coup in Ukraine in 2014.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about foreign-led ‘colour revolutions’, Ukraine’s Maidan protests and Russia as the ultimate target of international events.

Framing all popular protests against Russia’s interests as foreign-led ‘colour revolutions’ is a frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. There is now evidence to back any of these allegations. In fact, Georgia’s protests seem to be driven by strong rejection among Georgian citizens of the controversial ‘foreign agents' law’, which critics say mirrors a 2012 law in Russia used to crack down on dissent and suppress western-funded NGOs and media and which could be used to restrict freedom of expression and association. Contrary to what this disinformation story claims, there is no trace of foreign interference in these protests.