Disinfo: Belarus will follow the path of Poland, losing its national property to Western corporations

Summary

It is unfortunate that Poland becomes a counsellor for changes in Belarus – these changes show that Belarus will follow the path of Poland. It means that the national property will be taken over, there will appear unemployed, the neo-Liberal system will start to function in the interest of Western corporations.

Disproof

This message is a pro-Communist disiformation narrative promoting the idea that liberal economic reforms cause exceptionally negative economic downsides, such as the loss of the “national” property, unemployment and “evil” presence of Western corporations.
In addition, this message distorts the presentation of the socio-economic situation in Belarus presenting this country as a highly developed Communist-style welfare state, while the Capitalist/EU countries face challenges such as unemployment and homelessness.
For years, the “unique” economic model of Alyaksandar Lukashenka has been based on direct Russian subsidies – when Russia reduced the volume of these subsidies, the Lukashenka’s economic model started to collapse very fast.

One of the main reasons for the current protests in Belarus is the dramatic reduction in the level of life of the population, which has been taking place during recent years. At the present moment, Belarus is one of the poorest countries in Europe – it has a lower GDP per capita than any EU member state. Other socio-economic indicators also prove that Belarus has a substantially lower level of life than any other EU member state – life expectancy (74 – one of the lowest in Europe), minimal salary – 124 EUR (lowest in Europe), unemployment benefit – from 9 to 18 euros per month (a “symbolic” payment); average salary – 440 EUR.

In terms of the “symbolic cost of municipal services”, the Belarusian authorities recognise that the population pays 83% of the market price of these services. Today, the population pays market price for all services with the exception of hot water and heating (as for 2020). In terms of “free education”, 54% of the students of the Belarusian universities pay for their studies.

As concerns Poland, as a result of its transition from Communism to Capitalism, Poland has become one of Europe’s most dynamic economies, enjoying uninterrupted economic growth since the early 1990s, with average GDP growth of 4.2% a year, doubling its GDP between 1990 and 2015. This growth has allowed Poland to narrow the economic gap with the EU's most developed economies: the Polish GDP (at PPP) increased from 32% to 60% of the Western European average.

The disinformation message appeared in the same publication as a claim that The “Solidarity” Movement did not save Poland from evil neo-Liberal Trans-Atlantic Globalist systems.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Socialism, Alexander Lukashenko, Capitalists, Economic difficulties, The West

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The “Capital” wants to destroy Belarus because it presents an alternative to Capitalism

For years, the Polish public debate has been censored in order to promote the message that “There is no alternative to Capitalism”.  At the present moment, Belarus, one of such alternatives, is being destroyed. Belarus, as a state, does not pose any threats to its neighbours. So, this situation is taking place because of the economic model realised by President Lukashenka – it may potentially be interesting for other countries, so it is perceived as a “bad example”. It shows that the enterprises can be used as a communal property; that it is possible to carry out egalitarian policies providing all citizens with minimum social benefits. For 26 years, Belarus has been ruining the beliefs dominating the minds of young Europeans – that is why the Capital wants to destroy it.

Disproof

This narrative is promoting the idea that some external forces continue to destroy various non-Capitalist “alternatives” to the Capitalist system.

In addition, this message distorts the presentation of the socio-economic situation in Belarus presenting this country as a highly developed Communist-style welfare state, while the Capitalist/EU countries face challenges such as unemployment and homelessness.
The statements that Belarusian authorities implement “egalitarian policies” do not have anything in common with the real socio-economic situation in the country.

The West made it clear to Ukraine that Crimea is Russia

The Head of the Crimea State Committee for Interethnic Relations Albert Kangiev assures that the refusal of Western countries to discuss the issue of Crimea [in the Normandy format] is a signal to the current Kyiv authorities. Foreign states have long come to terms with the fact that the peninsula is part of Russia. Therefore, he said, there simply cannot be any negotiations on this matter.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The EU still does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and continues to condemn this violation of international law. In June 2020 the European Council decided to renew the sanctions introduced in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation until 23 June 2021.

Foreign TV stations instigated violence in Belarus, advising on how to attack policemen

Violence took over Minsk and most Belarusian cities since August 9. Provokers, well organised and directed by TV stations Nexta Live and Nexta, created by Poland, have been transmitting from Warsaw and the Lithuanian capital Vilnius instructions to their leaders both foreigners and Belarusians, informing them on police movements, especially on counter-riot forces, and giving them advice on how to attack policemen and set them on fire.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on post-electoral events in Belarus, framing popular protests against the election result as caused by foreign interference through a ‘colour revolution’. No evidence is provided to support any of the affirmations.

Contrary to the claim, anti-Lukashenko protests have been mostly peaceful, and violence has come from Belarusian police and authorities against demonstrators, including beatings, torture and excessive force.