Disinfo: Clashes in Nagorno Karabakh are part of an Anaconda Ring plan against Russia

Summary

The events in Nagorno Karabakh are not only a confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia, but a war unleashed against Russia. The bloody massacre in Transcaucasia is part of a unified plan to surround Russia with a burning arc of conflicts in all post-Soviet space. The “Anaconda Ring” is narrowing around Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based in a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia being encircled through a so-called “Anaconda plan. There is no evidence that 2020 military confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan was aimed against Russia.

See other examples in our database, such as claims the escalation in the Caucasus is directed against Russia, because someone wants to divert Moscow’s attention from Belarus and Syria; that the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is a cover up operation, as was the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; that Ukraine is sending weapons and nationalist fighters to this war theatre; that the US embassy in Armenia is a mini-Pentagon escalating tension in the region and the Middle East; or that the US is encircling Russia with biological labs for a future attack and is ready to carry out a false flag operation in Alaska to blame Russia.

Edit 20 October 2020: Unprecise wording removed.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia
  • Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, Encircling Russia

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Italy and other states have deliberately used the COVID-19 pandemic to establish sanitary dictatorships

Italy and other states  have deliberately used the COVID-19 pandemic to establish sanitary dictatorships and subjugate the population by spreading fear and terror. The virus of fear spread by governments is the most dangerous virus. The virus of fear has transformed people into slaves of  sanitary dictatorships who voluntarily give up their civil rights.  This system of terror is used to keep de-legitimised  regimes in power that have lost popular support.

In Italy, the sanitary dictatorship imprisoned the population for three months. Hidden persuasion techniques were used by the government to make terrorised citizens accept measures which were crazy and destructive of civil liberties.

In contrast to the Italian government, the political communication strategy adopted by President Putin and President Trump aimed at containing the spread of fear. Putin and Trump also supported workers hit hard by the economic crisis, while in Italy the state abandoned needy workers and even imposed the payment of taxes on them. President Putin, moreover, has restored spiritual values in Russia, thus effectively protecting the population from the virus of fear.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is given to support the article’s claims that the Italian or other Western governments have deliberately spread fear about COVID-19 in order to establish dictatorships.

This is an example of the recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Western governments have exploited the coronavirus pandemic, and have spread exaggerated fears about it, in order to abolish liberal democracies and establish dictatorships, while Russia has adopted a rational and balanced approach to handling the pandemic, aimed at preventing the spread of fear among the population.

Poland, Lithuania and Western countries directly involved in the organisation of a coup in Belarus

The Czech Foreign Ministry calls its ambassador back from Minsk for consultations after Western countries supported an attempted coup in Belarus.

The diplomat will leave Minsk in about a week. Therefore, the Czech Republic wants to express its solidarity with Poland and Lithuania. These countries were directly involved in the organisation of the Belarusian coup, so Minsk demanded that they recall their ambassadors and reduce their diplomatic presence in the Republic of Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Belarusian protests.

Belarusian authorities recently demanded that Lithuania and Poland reduce their diplomatic staff in Belarus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania held intensive consultations with other Foreign Ministries of the European Union on this demand and agreed, together with Poland, that a temporary leave of the Polish and Lithuanian ambassadors for consultations would help to reduce tensions and to maintain diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, there has been no agreement on the non-reduction of staff. However, if Belarus continues to insist, adequate “mirror” measures will be taken in response. In solidarity with their Polish and Lithuanian colleagues, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Bulgaria decided at 8th October 2020 to temporarily recall their ambassadors from Belarus.

There is no evidence that Poland, Lithuania or any other Western governments are at all involved in the protests in Belarus. Protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020 the European Council called the Belarusian elections neither free nor fair. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actorsopposition politicians and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.

Latvia and Estonia backed an attempted putsch in Belarus

The ambassadors of Latvia and Estonia were recalled from Minsk after the Baltic countries had backed an attempted putsch in Belarus.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a coup or colour revolution in Belarus.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020 the European Council called Belarusian elections neither free nor fair. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actorsopposition politicians and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.