Disinfo: Belarus and other peoples of Northern Eurasia are part of the Russian World

Summary

The Roman empire died because of internal decay, when material benefits were placed at the top of empire’s development agenda. Similarly, the Union State between Russia and Belarus cannot exist with a sole purpose of raising the well-being of its citizens. It needs the unifying idea, and that is that Russia and Belarus are part of Russian civilization, the Russian World, which has fairness as one of its underlying principles. The Russian World is intended to gather other peoples of Northern Eurasia around the eastern Slavic core. Northern Eurasia peoples are those who were involved in building the Russian empire and the USSR.

Disproof

The Russian World ('Russkiy Mir') concept is closely linked with an an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology of "all-Russian nation", a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians as well as their sovereignty.

Earlier cases alleging that Belarusians are part of Russian people can be found here and here,  whereas other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets' attempts to question the Ukrainian nation can be seen here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: Russian expansionism, Russian world
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Western Europe is a subordinate to the Anglo-Saxon world, which is dominated by the US.

The world consists of a number of competing civilisations. Western Europe is a Germanic-Roman civilisation which is, at present, subordinate to the Anglo-Saxon one. The latter is dominated by the US. Germany is fed up with this situation and lately has been attempting, unsuccessfully, to break free from the Anglo-Saxon chains.

Disproof

This message is a conspiracy consistent with one of the most common pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that certain countries are no longer truly sovereign.

Germany and the US have close partner relations as two sovereign and independent countries.

There are more than 4 million refugees in Germany

About 3 million Afghan refugees are stuck in Iran. Tehran with the great effort delays them, not allowing to continue their way further to Germany or France. If the Afghans succeed in entering Europe, Germany will be doomed. There are already more than 4 million refugees (mainly from Syria). And France is not in the best shape although there are not so many migrants there.But the situation in North Africa shows that Paris will still be weeping because of this problem.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the migration crisis in Europe.

Exaggerated and unproven information on 4 million refugees in Germany. No evidence or reliable sources given. During 2015 and 2016, Germany admitted more than one million persons seeking protection. Germany reported the largest total number of immigrants (917.1 thousand) in 2017. According to a recent (February 2019) factsheet from the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), the number of refugees in Germany is 1,4 million.

George Soros controls Ukrainian leader

Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy and numerous members of his team are stooges of George Soros and the Liberals.

Disproof

The story advances the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative painting Ukraine as a geopolitical hostage of the United States, and the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory portraying philanthropist George Soros as a menace bent on weakening Russia and meddling in its "sphere of influence."

No sources are presented for the claim, and not a single member of Zelenskyy's team are named. The imagined links between Soros and Zelenskyy were first reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official newspaper of the Russian government, in a February 2019 article which counts "friends of George Soros and other globalists" among members of Zelenskyy's election team, without further elaboration.