Disinfo: Protests in the US will end the same as protests in Ukraine in 2014 - with Nazism, radicalism, and separatism

Summary

The protests in the US are a symptom of a very serious social illness that affects US civil society. Americans thought that their society was healthy by different parameters, but the real information was hidden from the establishment. You can draw parallels with what was happening in Ukraine in 2014 and what is now happening in the US. How will this end? How did it end for Ukraine? An extensive corruption march, Nazism, etc. For the United States, this will end with the same Nazism, radicalism, separatism, because they will begin to divide the states, and will end with the mythologisation of this process.

Disproof

An attempt to denigrate the racial justice protests in the US using the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi Ukraine. The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on the 25th of May, 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have consistently tried to frame the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat, and Ukrainian politics as dominated by fascist/Nazi groups and ideology. See previous disinformation narratives alleging that the 2014 Ukraine coup was orchestrated by neo-Nazis and that Nazis took over Ukraine with a coup. For more information about the protests in the US read here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/06/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Protest, Euromaidan, Nazi/Fascist
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Disproof

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US tests ethnic weapons against Slavs in its biolabs in Ukraine

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Western support to the Islamic State and other terrorist organisations in the Middle East. The mention of a US base in the Al Tanf region in southern Syria seems an attempt to suggest some US involvement in these alleged terrorist plots against Russian forces. The UK and the US are part of the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State, and both countries are part of the Operation Inherent Resolve that has been ongoing to attack and degrade the capabilities of the group since 2014. The EUvsDisinfo database has a long set of disinformation cases on this subject, such as claims that Donald Trump cancelled Daesh funding because he opposes the destruction of the Middle East, that jihadists are US and European proxies in the region, that the US created ISIS when Al Qaeda went outside the script, that US special forces were deployed with Al Qaeda in Idlib, that US and UK will use terrorist organisations against China, that the US is moving ISIS to Afghanistan or that the US may have evacuated ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi instead of killing him.