Disinfo: The West has launched a second wave of colour revolutions

The West has launched a second wave of colour revolutions with wider geography. The goal is to create a zone of instability around Russia, China, and Germany, with a new chain of coups. An example of such actions is the series of Arab Spring in the Greater Middle East. The aim was to control oil production, to weaken Russia’s traditional and China’s growing influence over Arab countries. And to export processes to rival countries.

This is a conspiracy which presents many social and political events in various countries as a consequence of West-instigated provocations against Russia and China. It is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative presenting colour revolutions as the West's attempts to create instability around all Russian border and to encircle Russia and to destabilise China.

The narrative has been applied, among others, to report about protests in Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, and Hong Kong as well as to portray the West as an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups.

Read similar cases about the US using all colour revolution technologies to destabilize China and to create a belt of instability around Russia, Arab spring being directed by global elites, as well as the US being responsible for colour revolutions, coups and occupation of Germany and Japan.


  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: China, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Arab Spring, Encircling Russia, Destabilising Russia, Middle East, Colour revolutions


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Actions of NATO are a hidden war preparation

Nobody declares war on Russia, but at the same time, many NATO actions can be regarded as unfriendly. These are not actions of a peaceful period. This is a hidden preparation for war.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO belligerence towards Russia and on Russophobia.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country. Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd.

NATO promised not to expand to the East

After the collapse of the Warsaw bloc, NATO made promises that they would not expand to the East. But this did not happen. And with all the expansion of NATO that took place, they brought the bloc closer to Russia’s borders.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West encircling Russia via NATO.

NATO Allies take decisions by consensus and these are recorded. There is no record of any such decision having been taken by NATO. Personal assurances from individual leaders cannot replace Alliance consensus and do not constitute formal NATO agreement. This promise was never made, as confirmed by Mikhail Gorbachev, then-president of the Soviet Union.

Russian defence expenditure is only $44 Billion

The military expenditures of Russia, which NATO was set up to fight, amount to about $44 billion, while the expenses of its European counterpart of the alliance is more than $280 billion, and the US defence budget is estimated at $700 billion. Paradoxically enough to refute the allegations of a Russian military threat.


According to the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute, the Russian military spending has fallen to the sixth highest in the world in 2018, at $61.4 billion, not $ 44B.

In reality, Russia’s effective military expenditure, based on purchasing power parity (Moscow buys from Russian defence manufacturers in rubles), is more in the range of $150-180 billion per year, with a much higher percentage dedicated to procurement, research and development than Western defence budgets.