Disinfo: The West always dreams of splitting Russia


Anti-Russian hysteria in Georgia was a well-prepared provocation. It proves that there are forces that want to break cultural and economic ties with Russia. The same as with Ukraine and Moldova. Because even though the USSR disappeared, the connections remain. The West has always dreamed of splitting Russia into many small states in order to control them.


Conspiracy theory, based on a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting civil uprisings as externally-funded "colour revolutions" or being geopolitically engineered, also seen in cases about Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela.

The disinformation message is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia, Western attempts to sever relations between Russia and Georgia, and protests as a part of hybrid war against Russia.

The current protests in Georgia were a spontaneous public reaction calling for the resignation of key national officials after Russian State Duma Deputy, Sergei Gavrilov, sat in the Georgian parliamentary speaker's seat while addressing a council of lawmakers from predominantly Orthodox Christian countries - the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO). Gavrilov is known for his support to Russia's aggression in Georgia's Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

Russia continues its military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of international law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union.


  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: West, Provocation, Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions, The West


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The protests in Georgia are manipulated from the US

It would be better for Georgia to wake up and understand that [current protests in Georgia] are not a “home grown” protest but one carefully manipulated from the US.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting civil uprisings in other countries as US-funded "colour revolutions", also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela.

Consistent with multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its global role. 

Poland wants Belarus to return the property of Second Polish Republic

Poland wants Belarus to follow Ukrainian failed economic model, i.e. massive emigration of the youth, education reforms focused on foreign labour market demands, full opening of the domestic market for European goods, and liquidation of high-technology companies.

Poland also wants Belarus to adopt a lustration law, which would strip members of any pro-governmental organizations of their rights. Furthermore, Poland wants from Belarus restitution of II Rzeczpospolita [Second Polish Republic] property, a total clean-up of the political sphere and a crackdown on opposition under the guise of fighting against Russian influence.


This is a collection of conspiracies with no evidence of Polish plans concerning the adoption of lustration and restitution laws in Belarus, a crackdown on the opposition with alternative views, or elimination of high-technology sectors in Belarus and Ukraine. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Polish and Western plans to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations as well as about the negative impact of the EU Association Agreement on the Ukrainian economy.

The message misrepresents the outcome of EU-Ukraine economic cooperation. During 2016-2018, Ukraine increased its export to the EU from EUR 13.2b to EUR 18b. Read more about Ukraine-EU economic cooperation here.

Zelenskyy claims that there is a civil war in Ukraine

Zelenskyy claims that there is a civil war. By moving away from the traditional rhetoric of calling Russia an aggressor, he does basically say that it is indeed a civil war, where brother is against brother. He shows that he wants to put an end to this.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine. See similar cases here.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has never said that the conflict in Eastern Ukraine is a civil war. The President of Ukraine publicly speaks about Russia's involvement in the war in Donbas.