DISINFO: US interferes in Russian politics by posting Navalny-protest routes
  • Outlet: de.rt.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 24, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Russia
Alexei Navalny Protest

DISINFO: US interferes in Russian politics by posting Navalny-protest routes


The US announced the routes of protesters in Russian cities in advance – allegedly to protect its own citizens from the dangers of an unsanctioned demonstration in corona times. However, the Russian Foreign Office did not give credence to this argument.

The US Embassy’s announcement of the march routes for unauthorised protests in 12 major Russian cities was criticised as improper. This is indirectly an absolute interference in Russia’s internal affairs. This would also mean direct support for breaking the law, as the actions had not been sanctioned.

Comments were made on the publication, criticising it as “disregard for diplomatic norms and rules.” Such broad data went beyond “caring” for Russia’s own citizens and instead constituted “support for unsanctioned protests in Russian cities.” The US had encouraged “violent actions” that were “hypocritically declared as a peaceful protest.”


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation associated with the poisoning and imprisonment of Russian opposition figure and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

While the narrative alleges that the US moved to interfere with Russian domestic affairs and therefore violated Russia's sovereignty, the aforementioned statement, which was published by the US Embassy in Moscow and the US State Department, specifically advised US citizens residing in Russia to stay away from the demonstrations.

It is common practice in diplomacy for embassies to inform foreign nationals in a country about potentially risky political events by issuing so-called Demonstration Alerts.

The disinformation narrative builds on previous claims alleging that it was the Western secret services that are associated with Navalny's poisoning, not the Russian. On December 14, a joint investigative report of CNN, Bellingcat, The Insider Russia and Der Spiegel revealed that the Kremlin-controlled Federal Security Services was behind the poisoning.


Related disinfo cases


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

    Your opinion matters!

    Data Protection Information *

      Subscribe to the Disinfo Review

      Your weekly update on pro-Kremlin disinformation

      Data Protection Information *

      The Disinformation Review is sent through Mailchimp.com. See Mailchimp’s privacy policy and find out more on how EEAS protects your personal data.