After the regional elections held in Ukraine, it is becoming clear that Ukraine has started disintegrating. In the West, the Poles are ready to take Lviv, they are introducing their language and culture in the city already. In the South, Kyiv has no control over Donetsk and Luhansk.
Riots in Belarus are seen as a general rehearsal for future unrest in Russia. The “shelf life” of the dictators of the post-Soviet space expires! The further slow disintegration of the Soviet/Russian empire is predetermined! With such slogans, deputies rise to the rostrum of the European Parliament when it comes to events in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.
“Slow” is the only thing that annoys the exporters of revolutions. To speed up the process, they support “oppositional Belarusian civil society” and “unrest in the only country in Central Asia with a grain of democracy, but prone to instability due to deep poverty, clan rivalry and division between the north and south.” The strategic goal is not hidden: to stir up, shake Russia, create chaos, push the Russians towards the “inevitable democratisation of the country along with the Western model.”
Conspiracy theory framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based on several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russia being encircled and about colour revolutions, framing popular protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan as Western-backed destabilisation attempts. There is no evidence backing any of the claims.
The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential elections in Belarus that took place on the 9 August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.
On 19 August 2020 the European Council called the Belarus elections neither free nor fair and on 2 October 2020, the Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process.
The protests in Kyrgyzstan erupted to contest the results of the parliamentary elections that took place on 4 October, which are considered unfair by oppositional parties. As a result of the elections, none of the twelve established oppositional parties secured seats in the parliament. The parties declared they would not recognise the results of the vote. The President and the ruling parties were accused of vote-buying and voter intimidation. On 7 October, the electoral authorities annulled the election results.
Pro-Kremlin media frequently use disinformation narratives about popular protests around the world allegedly incited and funded by the US and other Western states. It has been applied, among others, to protests in Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus, as well as to present a deceiving narrative on the aggressive West constantly preparing new coups with a final goal of destroying Russia.
See other examples in our database, such as claims that the escalation in the Caucasus is directed against Russia, because someone wants to divert Moscow’s attention from Belarus and Syria; that The West is creating a “fire belt” around Russia through protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan; that events in Kyrgyzstan are a test before a colour revolution in Russia and that The West pursues a Maidan policy towards Belarus to encircle Russia.