Disinfo: Moscow prevented a colour revolution in Kyrgyzstan

Summary

Kyrgyz president Sooronbay Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Some data suggests that he is under the protection of the Russian police. Bishkek thinks that Russia’s participation prevented another “colour revolution” and a division between the north and the south of the country.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing any popular protest as a colour revolution, and accusing the West of attempting to destabilise Kyrgyzstan. No evidence is provided to support the claim. See other examples in our database, such as claims that external forces are acting in Kyrgyzstan, and that those events are a test before a colour revolution in Russia; that the EU funds the protests in Kyrgyzstan in exchange for valuable minerals; or that the US is stirring up conflicts around Russia aiming to achieve destabilisation in the post-Soviet space.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Kyrgyzstan
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions
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Disproof

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Disproof

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