Disinfo: Trump plans a raid to seize Venezuela


Washington’s actions against Caracas deserve to be included in textbooks on how to seize power in a foreign country. US is directly financing a coup in Venezuela.

The TV series “House of Cards” demonstrated to millions of viewers how a person who has not passed through nation-wide elections can become a president. Now Washington clearly shows how, instead of Nicholas Maduro, who was elected by the majority of Venezuelan citizens, it intends to place for a leading position a man whose level of support in the country is absolutely unknown.



No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the protests in Venezuela.

Nicolas Maduro was officially re-elected president of Venezuela on May 20, 2018.  Several Venezuelan NGOs, such as Foro Penal Venezolano, Súmate, Voto Joven, the Venezuelan Electoral Observatory and the Citizen Electoral Network, expressed their concern over the irregularities of the electoral schedule, including the lack of the Constituent Assembly's competencies to summon the elections, impeding participation of opposition political parties, and the lack of time for standard electoral functions.

After that the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, Australia and the United States expressed concerns on electoral process. In the declaration on behalf of the EU on the situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini reiterated that the presidential elections last May in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, lacking democratic legitimacy. The EU has called for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in Venezuela.

Food shortages, poverty and hyperinflation (which according to the IMF estimates is about to reach over 10 million % based on the average consumer prices) have generated a wave of 3 millions refugees from Venezuela and the protests in Venezuela itself, when President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Juan Guido stepped in as an interim president on the basis of the Venezuelan Constitution. Read more here.

Also read on: Russian trolls and the "House of Cards".


  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Venezuela, US
  • Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, Protest, Coup


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