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Five days after the election in Belarus, an op-ed in Kremlin-owned RT described the protests as “Scripted by the imperialists”. The author, a frequent contributor to RT, describes the hundreds of thousands protesting against election-fraud, violence and dictatorship in Belarus, as duped by the evil puppet-masters of the West. In his narrative, Lukashenka represents an “unabsorbed government”, attempting to secure its independence:

US-centralized empire tries to grow larger by absorbing a nation which is fighting to maintain its military, financial, economic and/or resource sovereignty.

What hundreds of thousands of Belarusians want – fair and free elections, human rights, stop to violence and democracy – is obviously irrelevant. Everything that is going on is merely “scripted by the imperialists”.

Pro-Kremlin pundits and outlets exclude any thoughts of protests as an expression of public discontent. The protests, claims state-owned Russian news agency Sputnik, are nothing but foreign influence operations; thousands of foreign militants are instigating political unrest on instructions from their Western curators.

Lethal Lithuanians and Perditious Poles

Attacks on Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states is a core element in the disinformation on Belarus. 10 cases this week accuse Lithuania for instigating unrest in neighbouring Belarus. Ukraine is attacked in around 20 cases. Poland is the target in 15 cases, and this is just a tip of an iceberg seen by EUvsDisinfo. And of course George Soros is involved; how could anyone doubt it? In the pro-Kremlin universe, nothing happens, unless George Soros pulls the levers. Or Washington.

So why is it all happening? The author of the above-mentioned RT op-ed suggests that “The Empire” cannot tolerate “unabsorbed governments”:

The entire western political/media class finds protests and uprisings endlessly fascinating when they are in opposition to governments which haven’t yet been absorbed into the imperial blob like China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, pre-collapse Libya, or then-Moscow-aligned Ukraine, but any protests or uprisings within that empire are ignored at best or demonized at worst.

This week’s cases hint that the EU is part of this process of absorbing governments, and views the protests as a chance to expand its sphere of influence. Belarus and Ukraine are “rightfully” parts of a Russian “sphere of interest”, while the EU dreams of turning Belarus into yet another anti-Russian outpost.

Now here’s the hard fact: the concept of “spheres of interests” does not exist outside the Kremlin’s fantasies, and it hasn’t been used in international agreements since the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact 81 years ago. An agreement still occasionally praised by the Russian leadership.

Cui Bono?

The Latin phrase “cui bono?” means “to whom is it a benefit?” The term is often used for identifying a scapegoat whenever something bad happens. This week, pro-Kremlin outlets suggest that “The West” wants to see Aleksey Navalny dead, in order to introduce new sanctions against Russia. The database shows us several examples of similar logic used on MH17, the Skripal case and the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Suggestive conspiracy theories with shadowy rulers behind the scenes are a staple in the disinformation production facilities. When it comes to the Navalny case, the Kremlin has already decided that the dissident leader only had too much coffee. Maybe just as the late Alexander Litvinenko had too much “tea”…

The pro-Kremlin outlets’ campaign against the White Helmets in Syria follows similar lines. This organisation – a volunteer group of emergency rescuers – has been in the cross hairs of pro-Kremlin media for years – the first documented case in the Disinformation Database is from November 2016. Even since the beginning, the White Helmets have been accused of “staging” chemical attacks in order to discredit the Assad regime. This week, disinformation outlets claim the White Helmets splash chemical substances on children to fake attacks on civilians; that they extort, loot and rob and aid terrorists. Obviously, all those claims are forwarded entirely without any evidence. The White Helmets’ work is internationally recognised, and the organisation received the prestigious Right Livelihood Award in 2017.

The pro-Kremlin media is consumed by the fear of freethinking and independent people, so it is busy reducing them to unwitting pawns played by powerful puppet-masters. Blunt force and lies can subdue the protests, but it can never prevail.

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Date
Title
Outlets
Country
25.08.2020
  • Tsargrad TV,
  • octagon.media
Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Latvia
25.08.2020
  • One World
US, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
23.08.2020
  • News Front - Georgian
Russia
23.08.2020
  • Vesti News @Rossiya 1 - YouYube
Russia
20.08.2020
  • Opednews.com
Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine
20.08.2020
  • Vesti FM - YouTube,
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
UK, Russia
20.08.2020
  • Strategic Culture Foundation
US, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
20.08.2020
  • Strategic Culture Foundation
Belarus, Ukraine
19.08.2020
  • Opednews.com
US, Belarus, Lithuania
19.08.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Belarus, Russia
19.08.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
US, Ukraine
19.08.2020
  • Sputnik Spain
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia
19.08.2020
  • Sputnik Spain
Venezuela, Belarus
19.08.2020
  • News Front - German
US, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
18.08.2020
  • ukraina.ru
Germany, Belarus, Ukraine
18.08.2020
  • Solovyov Live - YouTube,
  • politnavigator.net
EU, Poland, US, Belarus
18.08.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • RT Arabic - YouTube
Belarus, Russia
18.08.2020
  • RT Germany (old)
Belarus
18.08.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, US, Belarus
18.08.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania
18.08.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, US, Russia
17.08.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Belarus
17.08.2020
  • Together with Russia
EU, UK, Poland, US, Belarus, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
17.08.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • syrianownews.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • New Hub,
  • iraqakhbar.com,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • Head Topics,
  • ,
  • newsformy.com,
  • Sahafaty,
EU, France, Belarus
17.08.2020
  • mejdurecie.md
Poland, Belarus, Ukraine
17.08.2020
  • Asaval-Dasavali (print only)
Belarus
16.08.2020
  • antifashist.com
EU, US, Belarus
16.08.2020
  • tvzvezda.ru
Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine
16.08.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia
15.08.2020
  • News Front - Georgian
The Netherlands
14.08.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • newsformy.com,
  • algerie9.com,
  • iq.shafaqna.com,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • sahafatak.net,
  • Khabaralyoum,
  • eshraag.com
EU, Belarus
14.08.2020
  • Komitet spaseniya Ukrainy
EU, Belarus, Ukraine
14.08.2020
  • Sputnik Spain
UK, US, Russia
14.08.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
US, Russia
13.08.2020
  • nahnews.org
EU, US, Belarus
13.08.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
EU, US, Belarus, Russia
13.08.2020
  • Sputnik Abkhazia - Russian
Belarus
13.08.2020
  • News Front - Russian,
  • News Front - Russian
EU, Poland, Belarus
13.08.2020
  • Sputnik Spain
Russia
12.08.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
12.08.2020
  • nahnews.org
US, Belarus, Ukraine
12.08.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Slovakia, US, Russia
12.08.2020
  • Tsargrad TV
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Latvia
12.08.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania
12.08.2020
  • politnavigator.net,
  • 60 minut @Rossiya 1 - YouTube
US, Belarus
12.08.2020
  • Vesti FM - YouTube
Poland, Belarus
12.08.2020
  • Pervyi Kanal
Poland, Belarus
12.08.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • Tsargrad TV,
  • TASS - Russian,
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Belarus
12.08.2020
  • RT France - YouTube
Belarus, Ukraine
11.08.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Russia
11.08.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
Poland, US, Russia
11.08.2020
  • politnavigator.net,
  • Teleskop
Belarus
11.08.2020
  • politnavigator.net
Belarus, Ukraine
11.08.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
Belarus
11.08.2020
  • News Front - Russian
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine
11.08.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • RT France - Facebook,
  • RT France - Twitter
EU, France, US, Belarus
10.08.2020
  • novoross.info
Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine
10.08.2020
  • Ria Novosti,
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian,
  • Sputnik Uzbekistan - Russian
Belarus, Russia
10.08.2020
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • Alalam TV,
  • alarabi.press,
  • albaosala.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • alhemyarianews.com,
  • alkawthartv.com,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • athrpress,
  • dnn-sy.net,
  • elnel-news.com,
  • elnel-news.com,
  • Gulf 365,
  • islamtimes.org,
  • rumaf.net,
  • shaamtimes,
  • shrouro.com,
  • sinmarnews.com
UK, Syria, US
08.08.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
EU, US, Belarus
08.08.2020
  • Livenews.am
Lebanon
08.08.2020
  • Sputnik Italia
EU, Italy, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, US, Ukraine, Russia
07.08.2020
  • RIAFAN - Russian
EU, Ukraine
07.08.2020
  • Vremya Pokazhet
US, Belarus
05.08.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • almanar.com.lb,
  • New Hub,
  • newsformy.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • iq.shafaqna.com,
  • akhbarnaonline.com,
  • beirut-news,
  • almanar.com.lb
Lebanon, Middle East, US
02.08.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
US
30.07.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Italy
30.07.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Italy
28.07.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • New Hub,
  • newsformy.com
US, Russia
25.07.2020
  • Sputnik Azerbaijan - Russian
Syria, Russia
23.07.2020
  • albidda.net,
  • alderaah-news.net,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • Golantimes,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • mwatan.news,
  • news.leportale.com,
  • newsaliraq.com,
  • ugaritpost.com,
  • urdupoint.com
Syria
23.07.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
Russia
23.07.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
EU, Russia
23.07.2020
  • Solovyov Live - YouTube
Syria
21.07.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • akhbarak.net
UK, US, Russia
20.07.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
Armenia, Russia
18.07.2020
  • Margarita Simonyan - Facebook
Armenia, Russia
17.07.2020
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • akherkhabrtoday.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • asabnews.com,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • eltakrer.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • lmsthnan.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • news.leportale.com,
  • sabq-sa.com,
  • sns.sy,
  • sportnewsps.com
China, Hong Kong
17.07.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, US
16.07.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • elnashra.com,
  • sana.sy,
  • thawra,
  • alghad.tv,
  • akhbar1.com,
  • dostor.org,
  • news.leportale.com,
  • elmarada.org,
  • sportnewsps.com,
  • mkhbr.com,
  • elssayda.com,
  • eyesofqatar.qa,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • lebanontimes.news,
  • Khabar One,
  • egypt.shafaqna.com,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • news-world0.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • barada.org,
  • dmcnews.org,
  • watan.news
Libya, Russia
13.07.2020
  • RT Germany (old)
EU, Syria, US