Disinfo: Soros is linked to the Orange Revolution and regime changes in Ukraine

Summary

George Soros involvement in Ukraine is well known, his name is linked to the Orange Revolution and regime changes in this country. Like in Georgia. George Soros himself acknowledged, in an interview with CNN, that he actively contributed to the overthrow of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. “I created a foundation in Ukraine before it became independent from Russia. The foundation has functioned since then and has played an important role in current events,” explains the financier.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about George Soros. A foundation sponsored by George Soros, the International Renaissance Foundation, as part of the Open Society Foundations, was established in Ukraine in April 1990, following the aim to assist the transition to democracy and a market economy. At that time, the Open Society Foundations’ focused in former Communist states on modernization and reforming of national institutions and support for civil society groups/organizations. The Foundation in Ukraine has many projects in different areas, such as fighting corruption by strengthening transparency and accountability, supporting investigative journalism projects, supporting the creation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine since 2014 as well as the development of independent media outlets. Since 2014, the foundation has been among the founders of StopFake.org, an initiative dedicated to exposing lies and myths about Ukraine. More about George Soros foundation in Ukraine read here. In his interview to CNN in 2014, George Soros said the his foundation started working in Ukraine in 1989, i.e. before Ukraine became independent from Russia. He dis not talk about the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich. Read more about pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns targeting George Soros.

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  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Romanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: George Soros, Conspiracy theory
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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