Disinfo: Fraud in the Polish elections declared by Lukashenko

Summary

The Polish president Andrzej Duda, who won a second mandate in July 2020, has won the presidential election after falsifying the results. Moreover, Polish authorities have tried to organise protests in Belarus but instead were affected by a similar development (meaning the wide protests against making abortions illegal).

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative about protests in Poland being about falsified elections and economic problems, not about abortions.

In July 2020, Polish president was re-elected president after a narrow win with 51.08 % of the votes. There is no evidence of any kind of election manipulation or falsifying votes in Poland's presidential election.

Protests in Poland started in late October and have been provoked by a controversial court ruling that would outlaw almost all abortion.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently accuse Poland of fueling the protests in Belarus. In fact, 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.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Protest, Manipulated elections/referendum, Alexander Lukashenko, Elections, Andrzej Duda

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The Romanian news agency “Romanian Global News” reported that its campaign against acting Moldovan President Igor Dodon has been followed by 400 000 people. The news agency is financed by the Romanian government and has been publishing most of the critical articles attacking the acting president. The authors are determined to “chase Moscow out of Chisinau”.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative about Moldovan elections as being a pretext and an opportunity to cause a Western-backed colour revolution to pressure Russia.

It is true that most of the articles published by the Romanian outlet are critical of Moldova's current president. Still, the piece described by News Front does not reflect the official position of the government and cannot serve as evidence of Romanian meddling in the Moldovan presidential elections. Moreover, there is no available evidence that the Romanian Global News is financed by the state, it is merely an outlet recommended to Romanians living outside of Romania, including those in Moldova. In addition, the NewsFront Bulgaria article mentions incorrectly that Romanian Global News is a national newspaper: it is an online source and not a national one.

Russia is the main guarantor of the existence of Azerbaijan and Armenia

Without Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia would destroy each other. The only logical way is to unite Azerbaijan and Armenia in a new Eurasian Union. When the Eurasian Union becomes one state, there will be a way to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia and Azerbaijan should get inspired by Russia and the way it deals with minorities from both countries.

Azerbaijan does not need Turkey; the Russian Federation is enough to prevent any war because of its impartiality.

Disproof

A recurrent narrative praising Russia's superiority over other countries and presenting Russia as a guarantor of peace around the world, working on accurate implementation of UN Resolutions and not interfering in other countries' affairs.

The concept of “guarantor” does not exist in international law. According to the UN Charter, all UN member states are obliged to respect other UN members.

Without Russia, there would be no peace since The West only causes chaos and wars

The Russian Federation took care of Syria, Iran, Venezuela, and Nagorno-Karabakh. And they will take care of Belarus as well. Russia will resolve all wars and chaos coming from the West, there is no peace without Russia.

Disproof

A recurrent narrative praising Russia's superiority over other countries and presenting Russia as a guarantor of peace around the world, working on accurate implementation of UN Resolutions and not interfering in other countries' affairs.

The article presents Russia as the world's main peacemaker who has no interest in waging any wars. Russia is unilaterally portrayed here as the only country that will save the inhabitants of this planet. While the West is portrayed as one that always provokes conflicts and is accused of inciting violence. It is also worth to note that this article was written before the latest agreement in the Nagorno-Karabakh and was discussing a previous ceasefire.