Disinfo: The protests in the US are a dress rehearsal of the Orange Revolution

Summary

What we are looking at [in the US] is the dress rehearsal for the Orange Revolution. Since there is no US embassy in the US, the dress rehearsal is not well organised. We have seen the technology that was copy-pasted across all the post-Soviet space and was recently used in Ukraine. It is when someone comes, puts people on their knees and forces them to apologize.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about colour revolutions.

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on the 25th of May, 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US. There is no evidence to suggest that the latest wave of protests is pre-arranged.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation has consistently portrayed popular protests around the world - in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Hong Kong and elsewhere as organised by external actors, especially by the US.

The disinformation message appeared in the same TV broadcast as the claims that symbols used during the protests in the US prove they are directed by Soros and the Democratic party. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Colour revolutions

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US unrest is a second civil war

We can discuss if the events in the US are a racist war or a class war. Rather, it may be a multi-factor civil war, where what stands out is the demographic war of the white Anglo-Saxon protestants (WASP) against the unstoppable rise of Latins and permanent tensions with African Americans, the second and third minorities of the country, as well as the generational war between baby boomers and millennials. The dynamic of this second civil war is highlighted in those two incompatible cosmogonies, when each of them reclaims its existential fight.

Disproof

Despite high polarisation in the US, the unrest after the death of African American citizen George Floyd at the hands of a police officer is not a civil war. Though the situation was very tense for some days and protests spread to all 50 states of the country, military top officials and police officers worked effectively to de-escalate the situation, and demonstrations became largely peaceful after the first days.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the racial justice protests in US , such as claims that they may be a colour revolution orchestrated by leaders of the Democratic Party or that they are being fuelled by Bellingcat site.

Americans provoked the overthrow of legitimate authority in Ukraine and civil war in Donbas

Time has shown that Washington is least concerned about the welfare of the population of Ukraine. Americans provoked the overthrow of legitimate authority and the civil war in Donbas.
Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives painting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat that was artificially orchestrated by the US intelligence. As well as recurring disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

The clain is in the line with the disinformation narrative claiming that the United States supports the so-called "colour revolutions" around the world. This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, as Western-funded "colour revolutions", including the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan) in Ukraine, which began in 2013 without any outside influence. Ukrainians spontaneously united against the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych after his government refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union, which had taken seven years to negotiate, due to pressure from Russia. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence.

Military exercises, like Defender 2020, are directed against Russia

In NATO, they said the main task of the exercises (Defender Europe 2020)  is to develop logistics and interaction between the Allies forces. However, the Russian Ministry of Defense indicates that maneuvers are directed against Russia. Almost all combat missions were practiced at training grounds located in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders. Objects located on the territory of the Russian Federation were considered as probable targets of defeat.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO threatening or encircling Russia and the military exercise "Defender-Europe 2020".

US Major General Andrew Rohling Deputy Commanding General for the US Army in Europe, informs that the US-led exercise "Defender 2020" is an American exercise with 18 NATO partner countries. Rohling emphasises that the aim of the exercise is not to target any country, but rather to test strategic readiness and how to react to a crisis. Defender Europe 2020 is not aimed against Russia and is defensive in nature. NATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg affirmed as well that it is not directed against any particular country. Its purpose is to practice the rapid deployment of large-scale forces across the Atlantic into Europe, demonstrating the US military’s ability to quickly send a massive contingent to support NATO and respond to any crisis.