Disinfo: Navalny is a NATO agent, provoking a colour revolution in Russia


What makes Navalny so dangerous isn’t that he’s a “pro-Western liberal, anti-migrant nationalist, or political opportunist” like RT described him, but that he’s attempting to mislead dissatisfied people — and increasingly even children — into breaking the law by exploiting their frustrations with the state of affairs. The content of his political platform isn’t as bad as the means through which he’s seeking to implement it. This NATO agent is manipulating people for the purpose of provoking a Colour Revolution, hoping that the authorities’ legally justified but sometimes forceful response to his illegal protests can be decontextualized, misreported, and then weaponized to incite a self-sustaining cycle of unrest.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny and popular protests as staged operations by foreign powers. Similar claims can be found here on Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong and, now, Russia.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation often targets Russian opposition figures accusing them of being agents of Western intelligence services. There is no basis to claims that Navalny has connections with foreign intelligence. He has been charged with mock accusations on embezzlement in trials. The European Court of Human Rights have concluded that the trial were politically motivated. The European Union has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.


  • Reported in: Issue 231
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Protest, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy theory, NATO
see more

Disinfo: In the US, white American citizens are demonised and are viewed as racists and fascists

In the US, white American citizens, who were the founders of the United States, are demonised and viewed as racists and fascists who must be suppressed. White Americans are seen as second-class citizens and “enemies of democracy”.


The article combines recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the alleged victimisation of white people in American society and about racial war and state of collapse in the United States.

The narrative about the alleged persecution of white people in America was spread by several pro-Kremlin outlets in the context of the 2020 racial justice protests in the US. The narrative was again amplified by these outlets in the context of the 2020 US election.

Disinfo: The White Helmets are organising a false flag provocation in Idlib, Syria

The White Helmets are organising a false flag provocation in Idlib, Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defence has evidence that the White Helmets militant group has arrived in North-East Syria to organise a provocation and accuse Syrian government forces of attacking settlements in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

The Russian army has observed an increase in the operations of the Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group in the village of Al-Fuah, north-east of Idlib. Members of the White Helmets have also been observed there.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the White Helmets as a Western-backed terrorist proxy and, implicitly, denying the responsibility of the Assad regime for chemical attacks perpetrated during the Syrian civil war.

There is no evidence to support the article’s claim that the White Helmets are planning a false -flag attack in Idlib.

Disinfo: Belarus and Russia withstood attempts of a soft coup d'état

The technology for a velvet revolution was widely used in the summer of 2020 in Belarus. Later, the same toolbox was attempted in Russia. Both countries withstood the attempts of a soft coup d’état.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about protests in Belarus and Russia. The EUvsDisinfo database contains almost 400 similar claims, attempting to describe protests anywhere in the world - from Venezuela to Hong Kong and currently in Russia- as a result of foreign involvement.

The protests in Belarus have continued for over six months, despite severe police repression. The protests erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent expertsand are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called the Belarusian elections neither free nor fair. In October 2020, the EU-Council imposed sanctions against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process.