Disinfo: Western spy networks target Russian teens to involve them in protests

Summary

The pro-Western opposition makes significant efforts to get them involved in protests. In general, the stake is made specifically on teenagers, with apparently full activation of the Western spy network in Russia. The scripts for these protests are written by people who are familiar with the peculiarities of adolescent psychology. They take into account the long period of quarantine, the lack of full-fledged communication, their hunger for action, the opportunity to throw out the energy accumulated over several months.

Disproof

Recurrent conspiracy narrative on "colour revolutions". The pro-Kremlin ecosystem excludes popular discontent as a genuine reaction to grievances and view them exclusively as instruments of powerful outside forces. “A colour revolution, instigated by the Anglo-Saxons/America/the West” is the reaction of pro-Kremlin media whenever crowds gather in the streets to protest against corruption, government abuse and curbing of civil rights.

Alexey Navalny is a prominent Russian opposition leader, head of the Anti-Corruption Foundation FBK, who was brutally poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in Omsk, Siberia. Pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about this poisoning are mutually exclusive: "Navalny was not poisoned", "he could have caused the coma himself", "his friend poisoned him", "he might had been injected with Novichok in Germany", "Khodorkovsky is the suspect number one in attack on Navalny" and others.

While portraying him as a "colour revolutions' mastermind" or an "anti Russian project", pro-Kremlin media also try to denigrate him saying that he is not even a true politician and enjoys no support.

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  • Reported in: Issue 228
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: social media, West, Alexei Navalny, Protest, Colour revolutions
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Kyiv is against the return of its soldiers from "LDNR"

Kyiv is against the return of its (captured) soldiers from LDNR. The telegram channel “Klymenko Time” published on Thursday 21 January information that Kyiv is against the return of Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers to Viktor Medvedchuk.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative aimed to discredit Ukraine.

Ukraine is not against recalling Ukrainian soldiers who are in captivity in the territories not controlled by Kyiv. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine opposed the decision to transfer prisoners to a private person - Viktor Medvedchuk, who happens to be Putin's personal friend.

Biden came to power after a colour revolution

In a manner very similar to the Ukrainian events [in 2014], Biden has seized power from Trump in the US. This is a kind of geopolitical cycle in nature: at first, the United States “Americanised” Ukraine, tested it twice during “colour revolutions” and, in the end, practically turned it into its neo-colony under its own rigid external control with the use of native collaborators. Now the Ukrainian methods have been applied in the United States: the “colour revolution” technology was successfully used in the struggle for power.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about colour revolutions, recent US Presidential elections, and the Ukrainian statehood.

There was no colour revolution in the US. Allegations of electoral fraud have been dismissed more than 60 times by different US courts and judges, both Republican and Democrats, due to lack of any significant evidence, including by the Supreme Court on two occasions. There were extensive investigations about possible fraud, which turned out to be unfounded. This unprecedented scrutiny led to the conclusion that the November 3rd elections were the most secure elections in the history of the United States. Donald Trump lost the presidential election and the next US president, Joe Biden, was inaugurated on the 20th of January, 2021.

The Polish position on Belarus is exceptionally hostile

Probably, no Belarusian will argue with Poland. Another thing is that Poland will argue with Belarus. The actions realised by Poland after the Presidential elections in Belarus show that the attitude of the Polish state towards this country is exceptionally hostile.

Therefore, Poland will not achieve anything good unless it changes its Eastern foreign policy. No one in Minsk will dream about the Intermarium [geopolitical concept promoting the partnership of Central and Eastern European countries] together with Poles; no one will give up the Belarusian sovereignty in the name of Polish geopolitical ambitions. Belarus clearly supports its alliance with Russia – Poland should accept this fact and give up its attempts to drag Belarus to another geopolitical camp.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus – Poland is presented here as a country with hostile and aggressive plans towards Belarus.

The claims that Poland “occupies an exceptionally hostile position on Belarus” or it has some aggressive geopolitical plans towards this country are unfounded. Poland is a neighbour of Belarus and it continues to support the Belarusian people. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.