Poroshenko and Saakashvili came to power thanks to the external support

Summary

Presidents who come to power thanks to the “orange revolutions” are doomed. Saakashvili left Georgia and cannot enter the country, and the other day Poroshenko left Ukraine. The former and the latter came to power thanks to the external [foreign] support and caused irreparable harm to their countries.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the “colour revolutions” and the foreign support of the protests in Georgia (recent cases here and here and an older one here) and Ukraine (the recent case here).

Both presidents of Georgia and Ukraine were elected in democratic elections in the aftermath of the anti-governmental protests.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Mikheil Saakashvili, Petro Poroshenko
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Disproof

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