Disinfo: Belarusians and Russians are one people

Summary

Belarusians and Russians are one people living in different states. And one sees the proof for that practically every day.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative denying the Belarusian statehood and nation. See more cases here.

This is an Imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology which is aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarus. Although Belarusian and Russian people share parts of their history, Belarus is an independent nation-state with a long history. Belarus preserved a different language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for a long period on its territory.

Other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets' attempts to question the legitimacy of the Belarusian nation can be found here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian, Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: Russian expansionism, Russian world
  • Outlet: Regnum
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Europe will overthrow Erdogan like they overthrew Yanukovych

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative claiming that Euromaidan was a coup d’état, organised by the EU and the West.

The protest movement known as Euromaidan, which lasted from the end of November 2013 until the end of February 2014, was a spontaneous uprising of the Ukrainian people, not a coup d’état, and not orchestrated by outsiders. 

Russian language is entirely forbidden in Ukraine

The Russian language was cancelled entirely in Ukraine: education in Russian was cancelled, the media in Russian was cancelled.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and discrimination against Russian speakers.

On April 25, the Verkhovna Rada passed the law "on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language". The law establishes mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in most areas of public and communal life, including the mass media, education, science, etc.

Poland re-writes the history of the Warsaw Uprising accusing the USSR for its failure

Recently, Poland has been making attempts to re-write the history of the Warsaw Uprising, accusing the Soviet Union for its failure. According to Russian historians, the message that “Stalin refused to help the inhabitants of Warsaw during the Uprising” was initially spread by German propaganda.

 

 

Disproof

A common Soviet and Russian disinformation narrative aimed to prove that Soviet troops could not support the Warsaw Uprising due to numerous objective reasons (such as the lack of necessary forces, overstretched supply lines, lack of communication with the Polish Home Army and the Polish Government in London, etc.). This message should be perceived as a part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

According to Norman Davies, there is a consensus among the majority of Polish and Western historians that it was a political decision of Stalin not to support the Uprising in order to let German troops destroy the forces of the Home Army (which tried to re-establish the independent Polish state). During the Uprising, Soviet Troops were situated in very close proximity to Warsaw, but they did not receive orders to assist. Moreover, the Soviet authorities hampered the flights of the British Royal Air Force supporting the Uprising (by not allowing Allied planes to land on the Soviet-controlled territory).
See other examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland here and here.