DISINFO: Belarusian opposition wants to turn Belarus into 51st state of the US
  • Outlet: Podneprovie (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 18, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Belarus
Mike Pompeo Colour revolutions Media Conspiracy theory

DISINFO: Belarusian opposition wants to turn Belarus into 51st state of the US


Independent Belarusian media see the country as 51st state of the US headed by Uncle Sam and cowboy Marlboro. The meeting of US State Secretary with Belarusian activists proves it. The Belarusian opposition would like to hand over Belarusian state to Americans. Julie Fisher who will likely become the US ambassador to Belarus knows everything about colour revolutions and their methods.


This publication is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propagandistic narratives about subservient Belarusian opposition and independent media, alleged plans of the Belarusian opposition to stage a coup in Belarus with US military assistance, and Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

The US and other Western countries do not have plans to organize a forceful power change in Belarus. Belarusian authorities expelled US ambassador in 2008 in response to US sanctions introduced for the rigged presidential elections in Belarus and poor human rights record. The sides announced their plans to restore ambassadors during the US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale' s visit to Minsk in September 2019. This intention was confirmed during US State Secretary Mike Pompeo visit to Minsk on 1 February 2020.

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