Disinfo: The goal of Maidan was to bring oligarchs to power


It has been 6 years since the Maidan coup in Ukraine. People were expecting Europe, freedom and heavenly manna, but instead got European slavery. And also a hike in crime, corruption and debts. Despite the rotation of government officials, nothing has changed in the country. But this was the goal of Maidan – to bring oligarchs to power and consolidate their position. Western puppet masters are behind this all.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Euromaidan. 

The demonstrations that began in Kyiv in November 2013, called "Maidan" or "Euromaidan", emerged organically as a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn on the highly anticipated EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which had been under negotiation for seven years. The protests were followed by Presidential and parliamentary elections.

The EU continues to support independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised a package of more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the ambitious reform process. For more information on EU-Ukraine relations see here. 


  • Reported in: Issue185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Euromaidan


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The Belarusian opposition promotes fascism by making “kill lists” and smuggles arms from Ukraine.


This is a conspiracy theory and ungrounded claims aimed at discrediting the pro-Western democratic Belarusian opposition. This disinformation message is a modification of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and destabilise the country.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that the pro-Western Belarusian opposition prepares a revolution with the assistance of armed Ukrainian nationalists, and that the West has again ordered Belarusian opposition to take over power by force.

The Belarusian opposition plans to infect millions with coronavirus to disrupt presidential elections

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This is coronavirus-related conspiracy theory aimed to discredit the Belarusian democratic opposition and the Belarusian Orthodox Autocephalous Church.

See earlier conspiracy theories alleging that coronavirus will spread to Belarus when people in charge of the operation 'coronavirus' decide so and that the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is favoured by the West in order to organise a full-scale split from the Russian Orthodox Church and to disrupt Russian-Belarusian ties.

The missile that hit MH17 belonged to the Ukrainian armed forces

The missile that hit MH17 belonged to the Ukrainian armed forces. The Boeing was shot down by a missile launched from a territory controlled by the Ukrainian army.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the flight MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on the 17th of July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT)  has concluded that the BUK-TELAR, used to shoot down MH17, originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.