DISINFO: Gross US interference in the internal affairs of Russia is a proven fact
  • Outlet: ru.armeniasputnik.am (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 31, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Russia
social media fake news Alexei Navalny Protest

DISINFO: Gross US interference in the internal affairs of Russia is a proven fact


Gross US interference in the internal affairs of Russia is the same proven fact, as the “promotion “of fakes and calls for unauthorized actions by Washington-controlled Internet platforms. Support for the violation of the law by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is another confirmation of Washington’s behind-the-scenes role. Actions aimed at encouraging protests are part of the strategy of containing Russia.


The statement followed a tweet from Antoni Blinkens calling for the release of Alexei Navalny. This message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are "colour revolutions" directed and funded by Western or US intelligence services or other Western actors in order to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change. And the West is always an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups and colour revolutions in post-Soviet states. This narrative has been applied, among others, to the Arab Spring revolts, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia, Venezuela, Georgia, and Belarus.

“The Russian government makes a big mistake if it believes that this is about us,” Blinken said in the interview. “It’s about them. It’s about the government. It’s about the frustration that the Russian people have with corruption, with autocracy, and I think they need to look inward, not outward.”

The 2021 Russian protests began on 23 January 2021 in support of the arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny and as a reaction to the investigation Putin's Palace. The rallies — from Russia’s Far East to central Moscow — came less than a week after Navalny returned from Germany, where he recovered from a nerve agent poisoning in August during a trip to Siberia. Navalny was arrested shortly after stepping off the plane. More than 5,000 people were arrested in protests that took place on 31 January, "the harshest show of force the country has seen in recent years."

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The EU has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.


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