Disinfo: Colour revolution in Belarus failed

Summary

The Belarusian opposition is so unlucky that it has every chance of losing even in the “Loser of the Year” nomination. The circumstances beyond its control and its own leaders play against the opposition. The latter issue such enchanting initiatives that it is generally unclear how to rake them up without heavy reputation and image losses. It is not surprising that the protests in Belarus are steadily moving towards their increasingly inevitable failure. And by doing so, the republic will hammer its nail into the coffin of the worldwide myth of the colour revolution.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed 'colour revolutions', part of a campaign to portray massive mobilisations in Belarus as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad. No evidence is provided to support the allegations. On the contrary, for the 10th weekend in a row, tens of thousands of protesters opposing long-time President Alexander Lukashenko marched through the capital despite threats of force from authorities to open fire. Contrary to the claim about colour revolutions, 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 large part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020 the European Council called the Belarus elections neither free nor fair and on 2 October 2020, the Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actors, opposition politicians, and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement. See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives in Belarus, such as claims that the EU reaction to Lukashenko’s victory is an example of Western double standards; that the same lack of democracy and repression is present in EU countries that criticise them in Minsk; that the Ukrainian secret services may have planned terrorist attacks in Belarusian territory; that the West wants to prepare another Maidan in the country; or that Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Russians are one single nation.

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  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about COVID-19 and vaccines that are being developed by Western countries. No evidence is given. No vaccine trials are currently being conducted in Ukraine. In October 2020, Ukraine received the first application for third phase trials of the European manufacturer in the country. "As soon as approval is obtained, and this is done by order of the Ministry of Health, all information about clinical trials becomes available immediately. This study examines clinical centres with researchers from the following cities: several centres in Kyiv, several centres in Vinnitsya, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk," said Director of the State Expert Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine Tetyana Dumenko. Johnson & Johnson said that it had temporarily halted its COVID-19 vaccine trial because one of its participants had become sick. "We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our COVID-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant," the company said in a statement. See similar narratives, such as Trying to catch up with Russia, the West lost another round in the fight against pandemic; There is no approved COVID-19 vaccine except the Russian one, says Reuters; WHO said the Russian vaccine against coronavirus is safe and efficient.

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about colour revolutions as attempts by the West to overthrow regimes in post-Soviet states and in other regions.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe. This is also a recurring disinformation narrative about Belarus and, in general, about protests in post-communist countries: presenting protests, disorders and civil uprisings as “colour revolutions” directed and funded by the US and the West. There is no evidence that the US or other foreign forces are involved in any way in the processes in Belarus. The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair. The European Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. See similar cases claiming that the protesters in Belarus are controlled by foreign centres, that the West is helping to destabilise the situation in Belarus before the election, that US agents attempt to overthrow Lukashenka along the Ukrainian scenario, that CIA and Pentagon prepare Belarusian protestors, and that The West is creating a “fire belt” around Russia through protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.