Disinfo: CNN confirms the FSB's accusations against the CIA


A CNN investigation into an attempt by the Ukrainian services to abduct dozens of Russian citizens via Belarus lifts the veil on the CIA's involvement in the operation. The latter also proved to be an attempt at destabilisation between Moscow and Minsk on the eve of the Belarusian presidential elections.


This article contains a distortion of an investigation by American media outlet CNN to support the theory that the CIA operated to destabilise relations between Minsk and Moscow.

Although Sputnik provides an actual link to the CNN article, the explanations given change the conclusions. The CIA did not play a leading role in the operation that had for purpose to trap some Russian mercenaries, while private military companies are illegal in Russia (Article 359 criminal code Russian Federation).

CNN explains the fact that the transit of the group of mercenaries through Minsk was not anticipated and lead to the failure of the operation:

The Russians were told they would be flown to Turkey for a flight connection to Caracas. The real plan was to get them to Ukraine where they could be arrested, the sources told CNN. Belarus was seeing tense protests and clashes ahead of the presidential election when the Russians arrived in Minsk. The coronavirus pandemic threw an unexpected wrench in the plan when Russia closed its borders to stop the spread of Covid-19.

To read more about the distortion of Western media articles read: The New York Times reveals an operation against the “deep state” or According to The Financial Times in the US there is no democracy.


  • Reported in: Issue 258
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/09/2021
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus, US, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: CIA, SBU, Alexander Lukashenko, CNN, FSB, Media
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Disinfo: Washington and Brussels implement information war against people of Russia and Belarus

The West is using information warfare to destroy cultural and worldview spheres of life in Russia and Belarus. It is the war for consciousness. The purpose is to re-format the consciousness of the people of Russia and Belarus according to the matrix from Washington and Brussels.


A recurring narrative about alleged Western information war against Russia and Belarus.

The claim that Washington or Brussels want to affect or change the consciousness of inhabitants of Russia or Belarus is not supported by evidence.

Disinfo: Claims about Russian contacts in Catalonia are a stupid forgery

A New York Times article claiming that there were contacts between an advisor to the former Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, and Russia, cited a European intelligence report that the newspaper's reporters were able to see, while it later turned out to be a stupid forgery.

The newspaper claimed that Josep Lluís Alay, a senior advisor to the former Catalan President, met with Russian businessman Alexander Dmitrenko, foreign intelligence officials and Oleg Syromolotov, who is responsible for combating terrorism and serves as Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister. Syromolotov had never met Josep Lluís Alay in Moscow and outside Russia, and had no contacts with him, either in the past or the present.


Recurrent self-victimisation technique to deny a piece of embarrassing news and qualify it as Russophobia or planned provocation.

The article from the New York Times is based on a report from European intelligence that synthesises a long investigation that included the interception of conversation between pro-independence figures in Catalonia. The leak from the Spanish police was also consulted by other media organisations like OCCRP or El Pais.

Disinfo: G20 countries recognised Sputnik V as the best drug for coronavirus prevention

G20 countries recognised Sputnik V as the best drug for coronavirus prevention. During their interventions at a G20 meeting, health ministers were saying that Sputnik V was the best vaccine against COVID-19.


The statement is unfounded, part of a years-long campaign by pro-Kremlin outlets and officials to promote the Sputnik V vaccine internationally.

The claim was, unsurprisingly, made by Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko during the 4th Forum of Social Innovations of the Regions, a domestic event in Moscow, but there is no G20-evidence to back it. There is no official statement by G20 health ministers addressing this question. Significantly, Murashko’s official comments immediately after the meeting didn’t pick such remarkable affirmations, focusing only on calling G20 member countries to recognise each other’s vaccines.