Disinfo: Belarus is the beginning. Russia will face blows from the West, South and East

Summary

Belarus is the beginning. Russia will face blows from the West, South and East.

The engine and resource base for the unification of the West itself is … the process of the disintegration of Russia, the entire post-Soviet space. That is, they are building their project, ruining ours. Accordingly, the more the pro-Soviet bloc collapses, the more the West “bites off”.

Disproof

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 or elsewhere as Western-backed destabilisation attempts in the post-Soviet space.

The narrative has been applied to report about protests in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, as well as to portray the West as an aggressive actor constantly preparing new coups.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that US is creating a destabilising belt around Russia, that the goal of the US global “Anaconda” strategy is to limit the living space of geopolitical opponents, and that the West's objective is to encircle Russia entirely thanks to the "Anaconda ring" and "Great Turan" doctrines, that The West is creating a “fire belt” around Russia through protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.

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  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: West, Encircling Russia

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