Divide and Conquer: The 5 Most Popular Anti-Western Narratives in Ukraine So Far in 2020


In past years, but especially after the 2019 elections in Ukraine, anti-Western and anti-democratic messages have become more widespread in the Ukrainian information space. UkraineWorld has studied five anti-western narratives which have been very popular in Ukraine’s information space in 2020.

Note: this research is based on our regular roundup of anti-Western messages in Ukraine as well as data provided by Semanticforce. The search was conducted over 9 thousand news websites, 2 thousand blogs and all popular social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, VK, Odnoklassniki). The timeframe of this research is January 1 — June 15, 2020.

“George Soros has numerous servants in Ukraine, the so-called “sorosiata”
This narrative has been the most popular: we’ve spotted 79811 messages in 708 sources which have promoted it. We can see the biggest surge in January 2020 — that’s when the term “sorosiata” started being actively promoted by anti-Western actors to target the government of Oleksiy Honcharuk. Another key moment was the beginning of March when a broadcast marathon called “It Reeks of Soros” was held on ZIK TV channel.

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