Disinfo: The US is leading the final phase of a Maidan scenario in Venezuela and calls it operation “Liberty”


The American government is orchestrating a Maidan scenario in Venezuela called Operation “Liberty”, which is in its final phase. However, even if the final phase fails, the USA will not let go of Venezuela and instead of the colour revolution, Trump’s administration will drown Caracas in blood. As much as the US would like to regain control over Venezuelan oil, Trump will not like to see the “import of coffins covered with US flags” amid an election campaign. Therefore, American businesses offered him a solution – to start a military intervention with the help of 4500-5000 mercenaries.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about events in Venezuela.

No proof is given about the plan for US military intervention. According to Reuters, "U.S. officials have dismissed Russian allegations about U.S. plans for Venezuela as baseless "propaganda". Also, several US military officials have stressed there are no military options being actively considered for Venezuela. See a similar disinformation case here.


  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Venezuela, US
  • Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, Military, Euromaidan


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Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation in LNR and DNR after the coup d’état

In April 2014 Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LNR and DNR, which had announced independence after the coup d’état of February 2014 in Ukraine.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the coup d’état in Ukraine. For similar cases see here and here.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The Euromaidan protests were a spontaneous reaction among large parts of the Ukrainian population, ignited by the decision of former President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The Maidan movement resonated with widespread discontent with corruption and mismanagement under Yanukovych’s rule.

Candidate for Mayor of Zugdidi trades in human organs

Mikheil Saakashvili’s wife, who is currently running for the Mayor of Zugdidi, trades on human organs. Saakashvili brought Georgian doctors and servicemen from Ukraine who now take wounded and newly killed soldiers out of an anti-terrorist operation zone. After that, they place these soldiers in specialised transport, where they remove organs from their bodies. A now-former employee of the Ukrainian Security Service disseminated a video exposing Saakashvili and his wife of their “black transplant” activities. The EU and the US have an interest in human organ trafficking.


Recurring disinformation narrative about Mikheil Saakashvili's family being involved in human organ trafficking.  The claim reoccurred in the Georgian media in the context of the upcoming mayoral elections in Zugdidi, where Saakashvili's wife is running for office. No evidence is given to support the claim that the EU and the US have an interest in human organ trading. This is part of the reappearing pro-Kremlin narrative that human organ trafficking is systematic and is encouraged by the West.

Furthermore, the video referred to as proof of the claim is manipulated (see section video montage). The video of an unspecified representative of Ukraine's Secret Service appeared on Youtube on September 23, 2015. The footage in the video was a fragment from the video uploaded on Youtube on August 9, 2014, by a user Диванный партизан (Couch partisan). A video containing analogous footage was also uploaded later, on May 5, 2015, by an information portal, Hunter News, with the title: Трупы детей, убитых украинскими карателями Луганск 18+ (Corpses of children killed by Ukrainian chasteners, Luhansk, 18+). The further debunking of the video can be found here.

The US is using jihadist terrorism to destabilise Asian countries

It is likely that US and Saudi intelligence ordered the recent Easter Day attacks perpetrated by jihadist terrorists in Sri Lanka against Christians in churches and hotels. The US aim to destabilize Sri Lanka because the latter is one of Beijing’s main partners in the One Belt One Road Initiative and is moving into China’s sphere of influence.

It is also probable that ISIS attacks in the Philippines – which took place when Manila was trying to break away from its alliance with the US and to draw closer to China – were supported by US intelligence. It also likely that US and Saudi intelligence have exploited religious tensions in Thailand to destabilize this country, which is also an important partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

US, British and Saudi intelligence services have supported and used jihadist terrorist groups to achieve geopolitical goals in countries such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Bosnia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that US and other Western intelligence services are supporting and using jihadist groups to advance geopolitical goals.

There is no evidence that the US, UK nor other Western governments and their intelligence services have supported radical Islamist terrorist groups in any region of the world.