Disinfo: The protests in Moscow were coordinated from the US


Numerous sources and experts confirm that the rallies of the so-called “opposition” in Moscow in recent weeks were coordinated and financed from abroad. The US embassy is openly advertising a rally in Moscow.

US State Department has prepared a manual on protest activities in Russia, which is distributed through the ECHR. The manual instructs the protesters to provoke the arrests, so that the number of detainees exceeds 1 million. The goal is to accuse the Russian authorities of tyranny and project this idea all over the world. The Western puppet masters expect that Russia’s economy will weaken, if it has to make payments on the basis of the ECHR verdicts, especially to a million people.

We are talking about full-scale intervention, which aims to overthrow the legally elected Russian government.


Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about US-funded "colour revolutions" and US and its global role. Similar disinformation messages also appeared in cases of GeorgiaUkraineBelarus and Venezuela.

The protests in Moscow started in July after the election committee banned opposition candidates from running for the elections to the city council - the Moscow City Duma, disqualifying their ballots because of what officials claimed were irregularities in the 5,000 signatures each had to gather to run. The protesters also demanded the right to fair elections and the right to free assembly.

The Russian state officials and the media, however, circulated the message that the protests were organised by the U.S. embassy in Moscow. The reason for this claim was a message (a demonstration alert) published on an official website of the Embassy on 2 August. This alert, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, amounted to U.S. interference in Russian affairs. The U.S. embassy's message, however, was addressed to U.S. citizens living in the Russian capital and warned of an unauthorised protest and a likely heavy police presence, suggesting that Americans avoid the area. Such alerts are a regular practice of U.S. and other embassies to inform their own citizens of different public protests and other mass events.

The US is not a party to the European Convention of Human Rights, and thus has no relations or influence to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Recently Russia's voting rights in the Council of Europe were restored, which means its citizens can appeal to the EHCR if a state violates their rights.

Russian officials have long been accusing the U.S. of organising protests in Russia, especially since the 2011-12 protests when thousands of Russian came on to the streets to protest against Putin's decision to return to the Presidency after being Prime Minister from 2008-2012.


  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions


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