Disinfo: Soros sees big opportunities after COVID-19 ‘puts our civilisation at risk’

Summary

Billionaire speculator George Soros sees big opportunities after Covid-19 ‘puts our civilisation at risk’. He labelled the pandemic as the crisis of his lifetime, having the chance of remaking society amid the “revolutionary moment” that, according to him, preceded the virus. While he didn’t elaborate, Soros has invested 1 billion dollars in the last months to set up a university network to fight “nationalism” and climate change, calling the initiative “the most important project of my life”. And he hinted that the political lives of Chinese president Xi Jinping and US president Donald Trump, which he called “dictator” and “aspiring dictator” respectively, were coming to an end. Soros’ Open Society Foundations played a key role in fomenting “colour revolutions” in societies that lack the kind of “openness” determined by Soros, adding a potential layer of threat to what on the surface sounded benign. Soros-funded groups have been working to remove Trump from power practically since his inauguration, and the billionaire sees dictators everywhere.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the interview billionaire Geore Soros gave to the outlet Project Syndicate, where he made clear that he saw the Covid-19 pandemic as a catastrophic event that “totally disrupted people’s lives and required very different behavior”, and where he made no mention to “big opportunities” or the chance of remaking society. The aim is to portray Soros as an evil and ever-destabilising figure with no morality, part of a Shadow Government ruling the world and promoting its own agenda.

George Soros is a recurrent target of Russian disinformation, which frequently accuses him of being behind controversial issues. See the EUvsDisinfo article about the all-powerful Mr. Soros.

Here you can find other examples of this disinformation narrative, such as Soros’ alleged promotion of massive migration to Western countries, his destabilising manoeuvres all over the world, his participation in ‘colour revolutions’ and protests in Romania, Russia, Armenia, Czech Republic or Mexico (among many others), his supposed links to the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment process against Donald Trump, or his adoption of the term “conspiracy theory” to discredit those who speak the truth.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Donald Trump, Colour revolutions, George Soros

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that portrays any outside criticism of Russia as a symptom of Russophobia. The article also contains elements of conspiracy theory about the coronavirus pandemic.

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