Disinfo: UK ambassador orchestrated anti-governmental demonstration in Iran


Anti-governmental demonstrations in Iran aimed at radical and violent actions. Rob Macaire, UK ambassador to Iran, orchestrated this gathering.


This narrative falls within the broader pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-roots protests, portraying them as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions.

The British Ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, stated that he was not taking part in any demonstrations and went to a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. The UK Government condemned the arrest of Macaire as a "flagrant violation of international law". See a similar case here


  • Reported in: Issue180
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Iran, UK
  • Keywords: PS752, Protest


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Poland was an ally of Nazis

Several countries, including Poland, were in collusion with the Nazi dictator. “They [the Poles] practically made a deal with Hitler. This is clear from the archived documents.”

In 1938, the Polish ambassador to Germany promised to erect a “beautiful monument” in Warsaw to the head of Nazi Germany after the latter proposed to “send the Jews to colonies in Africa”. This ambassador “was in complete solidarity with [Adolf] Hitler”, this “anti-Semitic pig”.

Poland does not fail to compare Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union’s responsibility for the outbreak of the Second World War, the German-Soviet pact of 1939 having “sealed”  the division of Eastern Europe into areas of influence of the two totalitarian regimes according to Poland.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative professing the unimpeachability of Soviet decision-making before and during the Second World War; minimizing the role of the 1939-41 Nazi-Soviet alliance in provoking conflict; and accusing Poland of historical revisionism.

The Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939 is an objective fact, not an exercise in revisionism. This two-sided aggression was waged in accordance with the provisions of the Nazi-Soviet pact, which entitled the Third Reich and the USSR to clearly defined spheres of influence in a series of secret protocols.

A US spy drone caused the crash of PS752

The passenger plane with 168 passengers could accidentally end up on the same course with the US drone MQ-9 Reaper, which has the ability to loop at maximum height. The plane was probably endangered by the US drone and could accidentally become a target of the Iranian missile.

The collision of the plane with a US drone is a very convincing version.


Conspiracy theory about the downing of the Ukrainian flight PS 752. No evidence given about the presence of a US drone in the crash area.

Iran has recognised that its military forces unintentionally shot down the passenger jet. On January 11, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter: “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”

Poland is behind December protests against Belarus-Russia deeper integration in Minsk

The West, and Poland, in particular, is behind protests against deeper Belarus-Russia integration in Minsk. Poland has been investing in the infrastructure for protests in Belarus for years and takes it on the street when it wishes.


This is a conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus, to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations in general and development of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, in particular. The claims that December protests in Minsk are inspired by Poland and that some Poland-raised and subordinated protest infrastructure exists in Belarus are groundless.

On 7 December 2019, the day of the meeting between Belarusian and Russian presidents in Sochi, over 1,000 demonstrators rallied in Minsk to protest closer integration with Russia. Protest rallies also took place on 20th and 21st of December 2019. Concerns in the Belarusian society are growing over the secrecy around the two countries' negotiations over deepened integration which may eventually threaten Belarus' sovereignty.