American methods are clearly behind the protests against the construction of church in Yekaterinburg. It is a “strange coincidence” that the largest US consulate in the Russian Federation is in Yekaterinburg. And it is exactly in this city where Western programmes are the most active in the universities.
The rhetoric of the protesters is an exact copy from Ukrainian Maidan, and “revolutions” in other countries.
[…] Without the US assistance the protests would fade away on their own if the state authorities did not attempt to start an unnecessary dialogue.
This is a conspiracy consistent with a pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's attempts to stage a colour revolution in Russia or to harm the country by other means. No proof that the US has provided assistance to the Yekaterinburg protesters.
The protests by Yekaterinburg residents against plans to build a cathedral to replace a city square started on 13 May. A key argument of those who oppose the construction project is an insufficient number of parks in the city. For more information about protests in Yekaterinburg, see here and here.