Disinfo: Belarusian opposition makes “kill lists” and smuggles arms from Ukraine

Summary

The Belarusian opposition promotes fascism by making “kill lists” and smuggles arms from Ukraine.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory and ungrounded claims aimed at discrediting the pro-Western democratic Belarusian opposition. This disinformation message is a modification of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and destabilise the country.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that the pro-Western Belarusian opposition prepares a revolution with the assistance of armed Ukrainian nationalists, and that the West has again ordered Belarusian opposition to take over power by force.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Podneprovie-info.com
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The Belarusian opposition plans to infect millions with coronavirus to disrupt presidential elections

The Belarusian opposition wishes to use the coronavirus epidemic to sow panic and destabilise Belarus. Coronavirus is the best tool for the opposition to weaken the state authorities, to prevent presidential elections, and to organise a coup.

To provoke public discontent, opposition members need millions of infected people and they would not hesitate to do it. Together with the Belarusian [Orthodox] Autocephalous Church, they hold prayer services glorifying God for sending coronavirus to end the Belarusian dictatorship. Coronavirus also allows them to criticise Russians for closing the borders with China and checking Belarusian citizens upon arrival to Russia.

Disproof

This is coronavirus-related conspiracy theory aimed to discredit the Belarusian democratic opposition and the Belarusian Orthodox Autocephalous Church.

See earlier conspiracy theories alleging that coronavirus will spread to Belarus when people in charge of the operation 'coronavirus' decide so and that the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is favoured by the West in order to organise a full-scale split from the Russian Orthodox Church and to disrupt Russian-Belarusian ties.

The missile that hit MH17 belonged to the Ukrainian armed forces

The missile that hit MH17 belonged to the Ukrainian armed forces. The Boeing was shot down by a missile launched from a territory controlled by the Ukrainian army.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the flight MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on the 17th of July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT)  has concluded that the BUK-TELAR, used to shoot down MH17, originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

Ukrainians’ hatred towards the Russians is now turned against their own citizens

Russophobia, which was cultivated in Ukraine for the past 6 years it lead to hatred that is now directed at Ukrainians themselves.

Maidan and policies of the recent years have left a trace on Ukrainians. People’s hatred toward Russians is now turned against their own.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Russophobia in Ukraine. See recent disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is Russophobic Nazi state controlled by the US, and that Nazis took over Ukraine with a coup.

The disinformation message appeared after dozens of protesters in a Ukrainian town have attacked buses carrying evacuees from coronavirus-hit China. The protests were ignited after a mass email claiming to be from Ukraine’s health ministry spread false information that there were five cases of coronavirus in the country, on the same day a plane carrying evacuees from China arrived. According to the Security Service of Ukraine, the email has originated from outside of Ukraine.