Disinfo: NATO sponsoring colour revolutions in post-Soviet states


NATO is preparing colour revolutions in a number of post-Soviet countries, which will result in coups d’état and installation of Western-friendly regimes in those states.


Recurring disinformation narrative invariably casting popular uprisings in the post-Soviet states and elsewhere as regime-change devices, including those in Georgia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Armenia; and portraying Russia as a non-interfering global actor encircled by Russophobes. Accordingly, the agents of regime change behind mass protests around the world include, but are not limited to, the US, NATO, the CIA, the EU, the West in general, "certain forces," and George Soros. No evidence is ever given to support these claims; in fact, the lack of proof is the very foundation of "Big Conspiracy" narratives, which authoritarian governments make abundant use of.


  • Reported in: Issue 157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Puppets, Russophobia, NATO, Conspiracy theory


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The US and allies supported the coup d’état in Ukraine

The US and several of their allies supported the coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Euromaidan was a coup d’état, organised by the US and other Western states. The protest movement known as Euromaidan, which lasted from the end of November 2013 until the end of February 2014, was a spontaneous uprising of the Ukrainian people, not a coup d’état. People protested against the government of former President Yanukovych who, in a U-turn decision, decided not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union that he had promised for years. For more disinformation cases about Euromaidan see here.

George Soros destabilises states in order to provoke civil wars like Euromaidan in Ukraine

George Soros destabilises states in order to provoke civil wars like Euromaidan in Ukraine


No evidence given. Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming George Soros aims to destabilise countries and topple regimes in post-communist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. See here for similar cases. In reality Soros’ Open Society Foundations [OSF] - which are inspired by Karl Popper’s concept of the “open society” - aim to promote civil society, the rule of law, human rights and liberal democracy around the world by funding civil society groups. The International Renaissance Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO founded by Soros, played an important role supporting civil society during the Euromaidan protests. The foundation ensured that legal aid was made available throughout the crisis to civic activists, protesters, and journalists; supplied victims of violence with medical care; enabled civil society solidarity and organization; supported channels like Hromadske TV in independent, live reporting about events on the Maidan; and documented cases of torture, beatings, and police and courts abuse.  

Ukraine will not survive as a country in the current state of civil war

Japan disputes Russian sovereignty over the Kuril Islands but has been endlessly delaying this issue for a century or so. Ukraine cannot follow Japan’s strategy. It will just not survive this long, especially in the current state of civil war which it does not want to put an end to.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about failing Ukraine and the war in Ukraine. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas. Prior debunks of this narrative can be found here and here.

The war in Ukraine was supported by Russian Federation armed forces, it is not a civil war as some want to portray it. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded Russia to stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and from the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded Russia to comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.