Disinfo: The protests in Russia were a failure


In two words: a failure and a disappointment. No coordination whatsoever, very small numbers. Together with journalists and curious bystanders maybe up to two thousand.


Pro-Kremlin media are attempting to downplay the country-wide protests in Russia in support of Alexei Navalny.

The Russian civil rights’ NGO OVD-info has documented over 1,800 detained in Moscow alone during the manifestation 31 January, 2021. Around 4,000 people have been detained country-wide. This number equals the numbers detained during the manifestations 23 January, 2021.

Police authorities in most major cities limited the access to city centres, making it virtually impossible to reach meeting points. Despite heavy police presence, several thousands gathered to express support to Alexei Navalny, currently under custody in Moscow.


  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Protest
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Disinfo: EU sanctions against Russia are illegal

Everyone knows our attitude to sanctions. Firstly, they are an illegal tool. Secondly, they are a tool that is contrary to the interests of the European Union. I think that this awareness is now coming to many European countries.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about EU sanctions against Russia.

The EU sanctions against Russia are not illegal. They were adopted as a reaction to the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. The EU imposed sanctions against the Russian individuals involved in the conflict adding them to the list of people and entities who have been hit with sanctions for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Disinfo: The ruling elite and Greta Thunberg wants to reduce world population

Efforts to reduce world population. The Million Diamond or global ruling elite has realised that with the increase in the population of the planet, the resources will not be sufficient to maintain the same status and current quality of life for that elite for long. From here we see the forced imposition of anti-social values ​​by people advocating for globalisation, such as LGBT values, the destruction of family values, and the legalisation of drugs.

In my opinion, all of this is designed to serve the goal of reducing the world’s population at the expense of the poorer and less fortunate classes of education and thought, and therefore the most vulnerable to the penetration of this propaganda.

The likes of Greta Thunberg, the green economy advocates and similar people, it seems to be an attempt to find an ethical justification to reduce the consumption of the poorer classes in society.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret global elites" planning to control the world's population merged with a negative message about Greta Thunberg who is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation.

The narrative about “threatening values” is adapted to a wide range of topics and typically used to discredit liberal attitudes about the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBTI groups, among others.

Disinfo: US embassy information about the protests is an additional indict of its relation with Navalny 

The US embassy’s decision to publish the routes and places of protests in a number of Russian cities and the process of insinuating information about a “march to the Kremlin” organised by the opposition, came as additional evidence of coordination and connection between Washington and European capitals and [Alexei] Navalny.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation associated with opposition figure and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

While the narrative alleges that the US moved to interfere with Russian domestic affairs and therefore violated Russia's sovereignty, the aforementioned statement, which was published by the US Embassy in Moscow and the US State Department, specifically advised US citizens residing in Russia to stay away from the demonstrations.