Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about lost sovereignty and threatened values as well as colour revolutions . This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, as West-funded "coups".
There was no coup d'etat in 2018 in Armenia, but peaceful protests of hundreds of thousand people in response to Serzh Sargsyan's third consecutive term, and the country's prime minister and former president for a decade. Sargsyan resigned in response to overwhelming opposition pressure, including deserting soldiers, admitting that he was "wrong". “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand,” his statement said.
The disinformation narrative has been applied, among others, to report about protests in Ukraine, Venezuela, Georgia, and Belarus, with the aim to portray the West as an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups.
It is also aimed at discrediting a number of democratic and liberal concepts such as civil society, and to question the legitimacy of Armenian state institutions.
See earlier disinformation cases alleging that global neo-colonialists stage colour revolutions and conquer indigenous national elites, that the Anglo-Saxons rule America “from abroad” and are now trying to control Russia, that Armenia is under Soros occupation, and that agents of Soros are destroying Armenian statehood, that Armenia is under Anglo-American occupation, and that Open Society Foundations-Armenia, as well as dozens of other foundations and NGOs in Armenia, are serving foreign agendas aimed at the collapse of Armenian statehood, Armenia is occupied by foreign agent network.