Disinfo: Soros’ offices and George Soros himself are known around the world as tools of civil revolutions

Summary

The public has little information about Soros’ activities and sees only the visible part of the iceberg. The missing part is known to special services. Soros’ office in Armenia has influence over the country’s authorities and has been an active participant of the velvet revolution. Soros’ offices and George Soros himself are known around the world as tools of revolutions. Or as active participants. They played an important role in the scenarios for colour revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about George Soros. Part of this narrative is about painting civil uprisings in other countries as "colour revolutions" provoked by Soros. This is also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Armenia and Slovakia.

Soros has been falsely accused of a wide range of sins: destabilising Europe, organising colour revolutions, attacking churches and traditional values as well as sponsoring the film "Joker" as a tutorial for colour revolutions.

Read similar cases claiming that Soros foundation is organising clashes in Armenia, serving foreign agendas aimed at the collapse of Armenian statehood and that Armenia is occupied by Soros.

Read more about how pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets target George Soros.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Conspiracy, George Soros
  • Outlet: Verelq.am
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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