Disinfo: Navalny’s supporters are expected to stage violent riots


It is expected that this weekend forces behind the Navalny group will try to stage violent riots in Moscow and other large cities of Russia. The real scale and outcome of this attempt will show the real influence of the Western forces and their local allies in the country.

Will the neo-liberal flag carrier of the Western influence in Rusia (sic!), Alexey Navalny face justice, or his hundreds of violations be swept under the rug, as his foreign supporters wish?


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny and protests in Russia.

For two consecutive weeks, thousands of Russians have taken part in demonstrations in support of Alexei Navalny, protesting against corruption, stagnation and the lack of democratic liberties in Russia. The protestors have gathered peacefully and in accordance with Russian constitutional law. The only manifestation of violence recorded has been the brutal crackdown of police forces on demonstrators. The EU has condemned mass detentions and police brutality during the protests in Russia.

The claim is also consistent with unfounded 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 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.


  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/02/2021
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: neoliberalism, neo-liberalism, West, Protest, Alexei Navalny


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