Disinfo: EU tries to force regime change in Belarus in every way possible

Summary

The EU is pressing every way to change the regime in Belarus, and does not even hide this in public discussions. This has for long been known and understood.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus and the EU.

The EU continues a step-by-step approach in its engagement with Belarus, supporting its civil society and victims of repression. It has also said that the   elections were neither free nor fair. However, the protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by large part of Belarusian society.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Russia has neutralised many Western attempts to topple the Belarusian government; the West pursues Maidan policy towards Belarus to encircle Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU, Belarus
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory

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 US has complete control of the internet

The United States has complete control over the Internet administration system, and the identification of “IP” addresses, which is unacceptable.

Disproof

A baseless claim that the US controls the internet or its IP addresses.

On the 1st of October 2016, the internet witnessed its biggest change when the US government officially transferred control of the internet address system to the “the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” (ICANN), an international governing body, to assure that the internet of tomorrow remains as free, open and accessible as the internet of today.

West wants to take advantage of political instability in Belarus

It is obvious that Western countries want to take advantage of the temporary political instability in Belarus, which, with the help of social networks and controlled by the West media, create a negative image, as if people in all settlements of Belarus took to the streets and started protests.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the protests in Belarus that followed the Presidential elections are orchestrated by external actors.

The EU and the US do not take advantage of political instability in Belarus. They support the desire of Belarusians for the respect of human rights, free and fair elections.

UK’s smear campaign aim to discredit Russia’s vaccine

The British government has repeated its allegations that accuse Russia of piracy and theft of the important information about the progress of laboratory and clinical research on the emerging coronavirus.

The British authorities, in their smear campaign against Russia, are seeking to express doubts about the effectiveness of the Russian vaccine in treating people, forgetting that it has gone through several development stages and has been used in clinical trials that have proven successful.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The article provides no evidence to support its claim that accusations about Russian-sponsored cyber-espionage against organisations involved in COVID-19 research aim to discredit the Russian anti-COVID vaccine.

The claim repeats a recurrent disinformation narrative denying any involvement of the Russian government in hacker attacks and cyber-crime. This narrative rejects as baseless and absurd any accusations of Russian-sponsored hostile cyber-operations against Western targets, and often claims that such accusations are motivated by “Russophobia” or seek to distract the attention of Western public opinion from real problems.