Belarusian opposition is tasked by the West to disrupt Belarusian-Russian integration

Summary

While the Belarusian opposition is concerned about Belarus’ sovereignty, the Belarusian people support integration with Russia in the Union State. The people have to provide for their families and to work in Russia, whereas the opposition is tasked with implementing the West’s goal to disrupt [Belarusian-Russian] integration.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory aimed to discredit the West and democratic Belarusian opposition. This disinformation message is a modification of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organize a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West destroyed the USSR and is currently targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia, that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that Russia saved Belarus from Western bombing like in Yugoslavia, and that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, The West, Belarus
  • Keywords: Union State of Belarus and Russia, Anti-Russian, Sovereignty
  • Outlet: Podneprovie-Info
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy and disinformation narrative on Lithuania's ex-president and Russophobia.

No evidence is given to support the claim that Dalia Grybauskaitė worked as a KGB agent. As explained by the Insider, the disinformation message started to circulate in 2015, when the website of the Center for Research of Genocide and Resistance of Lithuanian residents was hacked and fake documents about Grybauskaitė as the agent "Magnolia" were published. One of the documents was a letter that contains inaccuracies and formulations not used in the USSR in 1982 when it was allegedly written.

EU provided economic subsidies to Poland to act as a barrier against Russian aggression

Poland became the largest beneficiary of EU subsidies because it positioned itself as a barrier against Russian aggression. The logic was to promote the Western European way of life [to Russians] by increasing Polish living standards. Many EU politicians followed this logic and provided financial support for Poland.

Disproof

It is a conspiracy theory to claim that EU funds are based on Russia-focused political rationale.

The "anti-Russian barrier" is not among the factors which are taken into account when it comes to EU funds. The long-term budget - the Multiannual Financial Framework - sets out the EU's long-term spending priorities and limits. The EU budget finances activities ranging from developing rural areas and conserving the environment to protecting external borders and promoting human rights. The Commission, the Council and Parliament all have a say in determining the size of the budget and how it is allocated. EU expenditure and national contributions to the EU budget for the 2014 -2020 financial programming period can be consulted here.

Swedish social services suspect Greta Thunberg’s parents for child abuse

Swedish social services suspect Greta Thunberg’s parents for child abuse. The Swedish social services are questioning the parents of the activist Greta Thunberg. Staffers of the service were worried about the state of the 16-year old school child during her appearance before the UN General Assembly.

Disproof

An unfounded claim. The social services of Sweden have not expressed suspicions on abuse against Greta Thunberg, not by her parents or anyone else. The social services are obliged to investigate expressions of concern on the well-being of children and have received letters from the public, suggesting abuse. Letters, quoted by a nationalist Swedish website, contain referrals to known conspiracy theories.

This claim is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about climate change, following the narrative that global warming is a "hoax" perpetrated by special interest groups like green business that stand to benefit from climate hysteria.