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."
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