Disinfo: West arranges puppet governments through colour revolutions


The West succeeded in arranging the 2014 coup in Ukraine, whose borders are only 755 kilometres from Moscow. They set up a puppet government that receives its instructions, policies and strategies from the American embassy in Kyiv. Later the West tried to replicate the same thing in Belarus. It became clear for Russia that there are foreign funds for clients, groups, and institutions working for the West, spreading discontent and anger among the citizens, trying to instigate protests and colour revolutions.


A recurring narrative that Ukraine is influenced by the West and that Euromaidan protests in 2014 were a coup d'etat planned by the West. The article attempts to paint all manifestations of popular discontent as colour revolutions orchestrated from abroad.

There was no coup, let alone a Western-sponsored coup, in Ukraine; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former president Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

Pro-Kremlin outlets often use this narrative of different countries being under the American thumb or as so-called 'Western puppets', to imply that their national sovereignty is under threat and that they have limited power. The narrative also hides a cynical disregard for ordinary people; for their free will and ability to express political desires for the countries in which they are citizens. It is also a narrative often aimed at driving wedges and fomenting tension between allies.

This narrative has also been applied, among others, to the Arab Spring revolts, protests in Georgia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belarus and Russia and all disinformation is presented without evidence.

Read more about the concept of "colour revolutions" in the pro-Kremlin media.


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  • Reported in: Issue 270
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US, Belarus, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, West, Provocation, Protest, Euromaidan, Coup, Puppets, Ukrainian statehood, Encircling Russia
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Disinfo: Events in Kazakhstan are another Western-made colour revolution

Another attempt of the "colour revolution" in Kazakhstan is due to the intervention of external forces rather than internal problems in the country. There is a well-organised network of the West, which at one time carried out similar colour revolutions in a number of post-Soviet countries. These were not only aimed at overthrowing authoritarian regimes and replacing them with Western-style democracies but were mostly anti-Russian in nature. Let us remind you that the events in Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan were held under the anti-Russian flag.

The real goal is to reduce Russia's influence in the post-Soviet countries and to overthrow the path of integration into the Eurasian Economic Union chosen by some countries.


This claim advances an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the January 2022 anti-government protests in Kazakhstan are part of a US policy of staging “colour revolutions” worldwide with the aim of destabilising Russia.

The pro-Kremlin media frequently falsely portray popular protests around the world as instigated from abroad, often by the US and the West. The disinformation narrative has been applied, among others, to reports about protests in GeorgiaUkrainethe Czech RepublicBulgariaBelarusVenezuelaSlovakiaHong Kong, with the aim of portraying protest movements as aggressive actors supported by foreign powers who constantly prepare new coups.

Disinfo: Protests in Kazakhstan are a new Western attempt to organise a colour revolution

Protests in Kazakhstan are a new attempt to organise a colour revolution in the post-Soviet space. All the current Kazakh elite studied in Western universities, mostly British. Therefore, there are many influence agents in Kazakhstan. They don’t have anything to do with Russia, and they promote European integration. Generally, Kazakhstan is being played by the West according to the Ukrainian scenario.

Signs of a coup can be clearly traced in the events in Kazakhstan. First, the call to take governmental buildings, military units and security forces. Second, the presence of organisers according to long-data manuals and footprints. Third, the presence of foreigners, plus the interests of the collective West.


This case mixes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests contrary to the Kremlin’s interests as "Western-backed colour revolutions" with an attempt to explain the new developments in Kazakhstan.

The case seeks to lay the blame on the West for the entire unrest in Kazakhstan which is fueled by high gas prices and social discontent in the Kazakh society.

Disinfo: Russia is better than Europe at vaccines and protecting civil rights during the pandemic

Brussels says there are no civil liberties in Russia, but Europe itself has restricted basic freedoms. The situation of civil liberties in Russia is much better than in COVID-seized Europe. People in Russia are vaccinating by free will, in support of the public interest. Europe is forcing people to do it. Russia is producing effective vaccines. By the way, it is not clear if Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are as effective as Sputnik V.


This narrative includes disinformation about restriction measures in Europe due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes a message about the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

Oxford COVID-19 government response stringency index shows that response to the pandemic in Russia is quite similar to Europe. There are also differences between European countries: in some EU countries stricter measures are implemented (Germany, France) and in some softer measures are in place (Portugal, Poland, Baltic states) compared to Russia.