Disinfo: Belarus is the main target of Western psychological war against Russia

Summary

The destabilisation of Belarus by various means including through information technologies is a well-known arsenal of the age-old West’s historical and psychological war against Russia. Its highest ambition is to get Russian resources. The minimal goal is to split the society and distract attention from solving domestic problems to dealing with consequences of political and economic turmoil. At present Belarus is the target of Western strategists, who do their best to tear it away from Russia.

Disproof

This publication promotes recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about Western Russophobia and anti-Russian activities, Western anti-Belarusian activities, and attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations.

The West neither aims to destabilise Belarus by all means nor leads an "age-old" psychological war against Russia. As our past analysis explains, pro-Kremlin media often present Russia as the West's target or victim thereby manipulating the public and evading responsibility for its aggressive foreign policy.

See earlier disinformation cases claiming that Western hybrid war against Belarus is a preparation of attack against Russia, that the EU is trying to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, and that the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash.

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Conspiracy theory, Information war
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Lithuania is planning to grow its defence budget to 2.5 per cent of GDP till 2030 ignoring the consequences of the pandemic. Lithuania also wants to switch to compulsory military service for both men and women.

But people do not need any of these, Lithuania is not going to fight anybody. Maybe if Lithuania was an independent state and had its own army it would be different.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the sovereignty of Lithuania and presenting it as a puppet of US and/or NATO. See related disinformation claims about the US presence in Europe.

Lithuania re-established its independence from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990. The process of restoring the Lithuanian military began the same year and in 2004 Lithuania joined the European Union and NATO. The modern Lithuanian military has 4 major defence units: land forces, air forces, navy forces, special forces.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West and Sputnik V vaccine.

The claim on Western and more specifically EU officials are trying to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine is unfounded and presented without evidence.

Russophobic historical concepts, including so-called holodomor-genocide, have brought Ukraine to a civil war

History teaches that it teaches nothing. Russophobic historical concepts, including so-called famine-genocide, have already brought Ukraine to a civil war that has lasted almost seven years and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Disproof

Historical revisionism and a recurring pro Kremlin disinformation narrative about Holodomor, claiming that there was no artificially created famine in Ukraine and about the war in Ukraine, presenting the latter as a civil war.

The Holodomor was an artificial famine created with the aim of destroying the Ukrainian peasantry. The Soviet state took away livestock, crops and seeds from the peasants under the guise that the peasants "plundered" state property. The Soviet law on the seizure of food from peasants was adopted in 1932. The punitive document is known as the "Five Spikelet Law". Everyone who gathered several ears of wheat on the collective farm field was a culprit in the "theft of state property". If the law was not enforced, people were shot, including children. Convicts were not subject to amnesty. The famine of 1932-1933 claimed the lives of 7 to 10 million citizens of the Soviet Union; the disaster affected not only Ukraine but also parts of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia.