Disinfo: The US government intends to destabilise the Russian Federation by sending jihadists to Russia


The US government intends to destabilise the Russian Federation by sending jihadists to Russia.


The article repeats a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the US and other Western states are supporting and using jihadist groups to advance geopolitical goals. This message is part of a broader conspiracy theory alleging that the United States and its NATO partners have created and supported many jihadi terrorist organisations and control global terrorism.

The article’s message is also consistent with the recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative claiming the US and other Western states pursue a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia and that the West seeks to humiliate, weaken, disintegrate, conquer or subdue Russia.

There is no evidence that the US or other Western governments and their intelligence services have supported radical Islamist terrorist groups in any region of the world. On the contrary, ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks the US and its allies have been engaged in enormous military and intelligence efforts to counter Al Qaeda, ISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups around the world. Furthermore, efforts are underway to develop US-Russia cooperation in the fight against radical Islamist terrorism.

Read here a similar case claiming that the US and Britain are exploiting  radical Islam in the Balkans to encircle and weaken Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian, English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Jihad, Military, Islamic extremism, Anti-Russian, Terrorism, Conspiracy theory, Daesh


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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