Belarusians and Ukrainians are part of the Russian people

Summary

The Russian people consist of Belarusians, small Russians [Ukrainians] and Great Russians. Common characteristics of the Russian people are a strong sense of justice and search for the truth.

Disproof

The "all-Russian nation" is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians as well as their sovereignty.

Ukraine and Belarus are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.

Other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets' attempts to question the Ukrainian and Belarusian nations can be seen here, here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 140
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Russian world, Ethnic Russians
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Russia’s huge natural resources are the reason why the neo-liberal world is fighting against it

Russia’s huge natural resources are the reason why the neo-liberal world is fighting against Russia. The former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, said in an interview that “It is a great injustice that 40% of the world’s mineral resources belong to one country, Russia.”

Disproof

There is no record that Albright has ever made such statement.

More debunking from Polygraph.info in this September 2016 article, which tracked the earliest mention of the alleged remark to February 2005.

West is preparing a new colour revolution in Belarus

In 2010, Belarus became the first post-Soviet country in which a colour revolution did not succeed. The West invested millions of dollars in the revolution, however, the Belarusian authorities managed to withstand their attempts. Western political consultants honed their skills in Ukraine and are ready to try again in Belarus. Preparations are already underway through the creation of information platforms and foreign media, including the Ukrainian UATV channel which started broadcasting in Belarus. On top, there is a high probability that nationalists who have been trained on the Maidan and in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine will be sent to Belarus.

Disproof

This disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood and to arrange 'Belarusian Maidan'. Examples of earlier disinformation with a similar narrative here and here. In Belarus in 2010, post-election mass demonstrations were a peaceful civic protest by Belarusians against false elections rather than a product of western destabilising actions.

The article also follows another disinformation narrative about the destabilising effect of the Ukrainian UATV channel which was allowed to broadcast on Belarus' cable networks.

NATO considers instigating local war along Russian borders

As a global conflict would mean the end of mankind and is therefore impossible, NATO and other military powers instead seriously consider inflaming destructive local conflicts and wars along all perimeter of Russian borders.

Disproof

No evidence provided. This disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the belligerent West attempting to encircle and weaken Russia.

NATO is not a threat to Russia. NATO's official policy towards Russia was most recently articulated by the heads of state and government of the Alliance at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016. They stated that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest".