Disinfo: US prepares a revolutionary scenario for Moldova

Summary

The US prepares a revolutionary scenario for Moldova after the presidential elections. The US State Department has already ordered its embassy in Chisinau to “set up the opposition in advance to organise mass protest actions” in case Dodon is re-elected. The United States continues to unceremoniously interfere in the internal affairs of states friendly to Moscow along the perimeter of Russian borders.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed colour revolutions, part of a campaign to portray possible protests from the opposition in Moldova in case current president Dodon is re-elected as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad. No evidence is provided to support the allegations.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives frequently claim that popular protests around the world are allegedly incited, and funded, by the US and other Western states, including colour revolutions in post-Soviet states, the “Arab Spring” revolts, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia and others. This narrative claims that protests, disorders, and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are “colour revolutions” directed and funded by the West.

See similar cases claiming that the protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to a Maidan scenario and that the West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova, US
  • Keywords: Elections

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Turkey and Ukraine are at war with the residents of Crimea

Ankara, together with Kyiv, is waging a war against the inhabitants of Crimea in general and the Crimean Tatars in particular.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Ukraine and Turkey do not wage war against the residents of Crimea. Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its sovereignty over Crimea.

The Globalists target Karabakh in order to suffocate Russia

Globalists, they never sleep. They are constantly creating a cataclysm. One after the other. After the war in Syria came Covid. When the rate of the spread of Covid slowed down, came the Black Lives matter movement…

The next one is the war in Artsakh (Karabakh). And the main goal of this war is to create a suffocating circle around Russia, the enemy of the globalists, which must be gradually squeezed to eliminate that country.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, connecting any political or natural cataclysms with the global/ secret elites.

Conspiracy theories about the "deep state"  are widespread, they promote a narrative about a global elite secretly ruling the world. In most cases, the “deep state” is referred to as American elites, who promote aggressive wars and prevent US reconciliation with Russia. The idea of a "deep state" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists.

The EU planned the relocation of Belarusian IT businesses well in advance

The escape of the Belarusian IT business in neighbouring countries was planned well in advance by the Western states and particularly by the European Union. Alyaksandr Lukashenka managed to bring many IT companies to Belarus because a “big brother” tolerated this. He did so not to help the Belarusian economy but to create the outflow effect at a critical moment. The West and the EU knew very well that at some point they would not recognise the Belarusian elections, introduce sanctions, and start pressing the businesses. Hence, the outflow of businesses was programmed by them.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about aggressive West aiming to harm Belarus by any means. It groundlessly speaks about the Western pressure on Belarusian businesses and wrongly interprets EU sanctions. In early October 2020, the EU imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. However, EU sanctions do not extend to any state or private business.

The allegation that the outflow of IT businesses was programmed by the EU which was aware of the upcoming non-recognition of election makes no sense. Numerous gross violations were well-documented by specialised NGOs based on accounts of independent observers and journalists. The EU did not recognise a number of previous presidential and parliamentary elections as free and fair based on ODIHR OSCE observation mission conclusions. However, never before the post-electoral situation resulted in such a massive relocation of IT businesses. This is because the relocation results not from non-recognition of presidential results by the Western countries or imposition of personal sanctions by them, but from the breakdown of law in Belarus, unprecedented repressive actions of the Belarusian state authorities, and occasional internet shutdowns during protest rallies.