Disinfo: US involvement in the protests in Russia is a proven fact

Summary

The blatant involvement of the United States in Russia’s internal affairs is proven by the fact that the internet platforms, under US control, spread fakes and calls to participate in un-sanctioned actions. Videos with calls to participate in manifestations, sometimes addressing minors, have been published by YouTube, controlled by Google.

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This message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are "colour revolutions" directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors in order to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change(opens in a new tab). And the West is always an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups (opens in a new tab)and colour revolutions(opens in a new tab) in post-Soviet states. This narrative has been applied, among others, to the Arab Spring revolts, Euromaidan(opens in a new tab) in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia(opens in a new tab), Venezuela(opens in a new tab), Georgia(opens in a new tab), and Belarus(opens in a new tab).

Unlike traditional media, content of social media is provided by the users. YouTube, Facebook, Google etc provides platforms for peer-to-peer exchange of content, be that pictures of kittens, political memes or discussions on current affairs. The companies issue terms of use for the platforms and can, if necessary, limit the access to the exchange if a user violates those terms. The platforms themselves do not produce the content.

The 2021 Russian protests(opens in a new tab) began on 23 January 2021 in support of the arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny and as a reaction to the investigation Putin's Palace(opens in a new tab). The rallies — from Russia’s Far East to central Moscow — came less than a week after Navalny returned from Germany, where he recovered from a nerve agent poisoning in August during a trip to Siberia. Navalny was arrested shortly after stepping off the plane. More than 3,300 people were arrested in protests spanning nearly 70 cities and towns across Russia(opens in a new tab).

See other similar cases claiming that The neo-liberal forces behind Navalny will intensify their attempts to destroy Russia(opens in a new tab), or that The West is sending Navalny back to Russia to prevent him from becoming irrelevant(opens in a new tab).

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Google, social media, YouTube, Alexei Navalny, Protest
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EU sanctions against Russia are illegal

Everyone knows our attitude to sanctions. Firstly, they are an illegal tool. Secondly, they are a tool that is contrary to the interests of the European Union. I think that this awareness is now coming to many European countries.

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This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about EU sanctions against Russia.

The EU sanctions against Russia are not illegal. They were adopted as a reaction to the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. The EU imposed sanctions against the Russian individuals involved in the conflict adding them to the list of people and entities who have been hit with sanctions for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The ruling elite and Greta Thunberg wants to reduce world population

Efforts to reduce world population. The Million Diamond or global ruling elite has realised that with the increase in the population of the planet, the resources will not be sufficient to maintain the same status and current quality of life for that elite for long. From here we see the forced imposition of anti-social values ​​by people advocating for globalisation, such as LGBT values, the destruction of family values, and the legalisation of drugs.

In my opinion, all of this is designed to serve the goal of reducing the world’s population at the expense of the poorer and less fortunate classes of education and thought, and therefore the most vulnerable to the penetration of this propaganda.

The likes of Greta Thunberg, the green economy advocates and similar people, it seems to be an attempt to find an ethical justification to reduce the consumption of the poorer classes in society.

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Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret global elites" planning to control the world's population merged with a negative message about Greta Thunberg who is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation.

The narrative about “threatening values” is adapted to a wide range of topics and typically used to discredit liberal attitudes about the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBTI groups, among others.

US embassy information about the protests is an additional indict of its relation with Navalny 

The US embassy’s decision to publish the routes and places of protests in a number of Russian cities and the process of insinuating information about a “march to the Kremlin” organised by the opposition, came as additional evidence of coordination and connection between Washington and European capitals and [Alexei] Navalny.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation associated with 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.