Disinfo: Victoria Nuland is one of the organisers of Euromaidan in 2014


Former US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was denied a Russian visa, because she is one of the organisers of the Euromaidan in 2014.



The claim that Ms. Nuland is one of the organisers of Euromaidan in 2014 in Ukraine is a part of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that claims that protests were organised by foreign forces.

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. More similar cases here.


Former US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was indeed denied a Russian visa. Sources in the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Nuland is on the "black list", drawn up in response to US sanctions against Russian citizens. Nuland applied for a Russian visa to take part in a closed international conference in Moscow from May 20 to 21.



  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Victoria Nuland, Euromaidan


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Global neo-colonialists stage colour revolutions and conquer indigenous national elites

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This message is in line with the concept of big conspiracy and is consistent with the Shadow Government narrative. It is also aimed at discrediting a number of democratic and liberal concepts such as civil society and market economy, and to question the legitimacy of Ukrainian state institutions. Above all, this message is in line with the narrative of lost sovereignty, in this case as a result of alleged purposeful actions by global elites.

International think-tanks including the Chatham House elaborate plans to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations

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One probable future scenario envisages the Eastern European region in the 21st century as the main bone of contention between the key global actors. Given this, the allied relations between Belarus and Russia can become an important factor for stabilisation in Eastern Europe. For this reason, a number of international think-tanks, which have no interest in a stable Eastern Europe, elaborate plans to disrupt integration between the two countries. These plans envisage the following:

  • The change of domestic and foreign policies of Belarus, its turn in foreign policy towards the West;
  • Inadequate response by Russia which will start counteracting Western influence along the Ukrainian scenario by forceful means;
  • Formation of a broad anti-Russian coalition of Eastern European countries, followed by the displacement of the Russian presence in Eastern Europe;
  • Increasing chaos and conflicting relations stemming from the confrontation with Russia;
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One example is the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). In November 2018, it published a report about three Eastern European countries (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine) where Belarus-Russia relations were given significant attention.


This is a conspiracy consistent with repetitive pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, to destabilise Belarus through a colour revolution or otherwise, and the West's far-fetching anti-Russian activities.

The mentioned Chatham House report analyses ways to increase societal resilience in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova in response to threats emanating from Russia, which deploys a set of tools aimed at weakening their sovereignty.