DISINFO: Belarus is a military range for the upcoming US's interference into Russian affairs
  • Outlet: sputnik.by (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 21, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: China, US, Belarus, Russia
Union State of Belarus and Russia Anti-Russian Colour revolutions Joe Biden

DISINFO: Belarus is a military range for the upcoming US's interference into Russian affairs


During the ruling of Joe Biden’s administration, Russia and its allies, including Belarus, will replace China as the main US’s external opponents. Belarus has served as a military range for the interference in Russian affairs, particularly in light of the upcoming 2021 parliamentary elections in Russia. The lessons of the colour revolution attempt in Belarus will be taken into account in Russia. Moscow needs to consider the Belarusian experience in counteracting hybrid aggression.


This article promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West's attempt to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and Russia and to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations.

There is no evidence that the US or any other Western governments are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus. Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against election fraud and police violence towards thousands of rally participants. According to statistical data and independent observers, the official result of the presidential election was itself heavily doctored. A joint monitoring effort by three NGOs demonstrates the scale of falsification based on election protocols from 1,310 polling stations across Belarus and concludes that the announced result (80% of votes cast for Lukashenka) is mathematically "impossible" (p. 7).

See earlier similar disinformation cases alleging that Poland and Lithuania are destabilising Belarus to turn it into a Russophobic limitrophe, that the West destabilises Belarus to destroy Russian civilisation, and that American 'Deep State' will continue a hybrid war against Russia through Joe Biden.


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