EU prepares Maidan in Belarus

Summary

Aware of ongoing disagreements, the EU has intensified its efforts to bring even larger discord in Russia-Belarus relations by continuing to provide financial assistance to Belarus’ civil society. The EU will use the same methods of colour revolutions that it has already applied in many other Eurasian countries. Support to the youth, scientific community and NGOs as well as nationalists will remain the EU priority. The information war is another important element to control zombie Belarusians and make them organise a Maidan.

Disproof

EU assistance to Belarus aims at improving the quality of life of Belarusian citizens in a tangible and visible manner, by strengthening its economy, governance, connectivity and society. Find out more about the EU assistance to Belarus here.

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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Life Russia, Teleskop
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on western plans to organize colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Russia-Belarus ties.

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Disproof

No proof given. Western countries and institutions, including the above mentioned IMF, do not give any preconditions for cooperation with Belarus linked to the status of its Orthodox Church. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on alleged western plans tear away Belarus from Russia.