There is exactly zero evidence that the US or EU played any part in the Maiden movement. If there is I challenge you to provide it.
There are two sides to this story:
1. The Russian side (what you're repeating, partially)
2. The truth
We in the west have a legitimate free press. It may be imperfect, it may be incompetent, but it's legitimately free to report what it wants and no single government has any controls to stop it. As long as *somebody* is paying attention the true story WILL get out eventually. Russia none of this is the case. The Russian government tolerates a domestic free press up until the point they do something they don't like. Then they make up some BS excuse to arr