Disinfo: Belarusian opposition and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya are puppets of the West

Summary

If the Belarusian opposition together with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya come to power, they will develop an anti-Russian agenda. They do not want to keep the union with Russia. It shows the rhetoric and persons that stand behind them. They are puppets of the West.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative against Belarusian opposition member Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Belarusian opposition powers in general.

Kremlin propaganda tries to present events in Belarus as anti-Russian. See similar examples here, here and here. On top, representatives of the Belarusian opposition are portraited as puppets of the West. Similarly, events in Belarus, where people are protesting against Alexander Lukashenko and falsified results of elections, are presented as a coup d’état supported by Poland (see example), Lithuania (see example), the US (see example) etc.

The Belarusian opposition aims to force authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko to leave his post. This aim is not against Russia. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya supports dialogue with Moscow. In her interview to “Radio Svoboda” (“Radio Freedom”), she says that the opposition wants to be in contact with all countries. Tikhanovskaya would like to meet Vladimir Putin and provide her view on events in Belarus. “We are neighbours, and we will keep relations in the future” said Tikhanovskaya about relations with the Russian Federation.

See similar examples of disinformation: Juan Guaido and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya are American and Western puppets; Tsikhanouskaya’s trip to Germany shows that Merkel is her handler (and Navalna’s); Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and the West force the people to go on the streets.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Anti-Russian, Puppets

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