Disinfo: Washington is using Venezuela to compensate for its failure in Syria


‘This whole story with Venezuela’ is a compensation for US’ failure in Syria. It is inspired by the Americans. Washington is burning the Latin America. 


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the protests in Venezuela and the Western meddling. Nothing suggests that there is a link between US Syria and Venezuela policies.

Nicolas Maduro was officially re-elected president of Venezuela on May 20, 2018.  Several Venezuelan NGOs, such as Foro Penal Venezolano, Súmate, Voto Joven, the Venezuelan Electoral Observatory and the Citizen Electoral Network, expressed their concern over the irregularities of the electoral process, including the lack of the Constituent Assembly's competencies to summon the elections, impeding participation of opposition political parties, and the lack of time for standard electoral functions.

After that the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, Australia and the United States expressed concerns on electoral process. In the declaration on behalf of the EU on the situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini reiterated that the presidential elections last May in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, lacking democratic legitimacy. The EU has called for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in Venezuela.

Food shortages, poverty and hyperinflation (which according to the IMF estimates is about to reach over 10 million % based on the average consumer prices) have generated a wave of 3 millions refugees from Venezuela and the protests in Venezuela itself, when President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Juan Guido stepped in as an interim president on the basis of the Venezuelan Constitution. Read more here.



  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Venezuela, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, Protest
  • Outlet: Regnum
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Unsubstantiated claim, no evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the West preparing for war.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. Estonia does not punish for negative attitudes towards the state, instead the law mentioned in the news is about intelligence activities directed against the security of the Republic of Estonia.The necessary elements of the criminal offences of the establishment or maintenance of a relationship that is against the Republic of Estonia, and anti-state influencing of officials are also specified.