Disinfo: George Soros is trying to influence processes in Belarus and around the world

Summary

George Soros turned 90 years old. But despite that age, he is trying to influence processes around the world. In the USA he is trying to hinder President Trump, in Belarus he mixed up everything in such a way that it is still questionable whether this time “batko” Lukashenko will endure, and in Lebanon, he is committing bloody riots.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the billionaire and the philanthropist George Soros, presenting him as a person who aims to control political systems in the world and presenting Open Society Foundation as a tool for organising colour revolutions. Soros has been accused of a wide range of sins such as: destabilising Europe, attacking churches and traditional values as well as sponsoring the film "Joker" as a tutorial for colour revolutions. In this claim, new unsubstantiated accusations appeared - involvement in the events in Lebanon and Belarus. Pro-Kremlin media often paint popular protests as "colour revolutions" provoked by Soros. This is also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, Czechia, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Armenia, Slovakia and now in Belarus. In Belarus, the foundation is not active. Soros foundation used to operate there between 1993-1997, with branches in Minsk and Vitebsk but stopped operations due to conflicts with the authorities. Read other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on the US racial justice protests in our database, such as claims that the far-left Democrat organisations supported by Soros aim to oust Trump; or that the US protests are directly organised by George Soros, or that Soros controls current political elite in Ukraine and plays important role in the events in Belarus. Read more about how pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets target George Soros.

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  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/08/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Armenian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lebanon, US, Belarus
  • Keywords: George Soros, Conspiracy theory
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Disinfo: EU tries to force regime change in Belarus in every way possible

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.

Disinfo: The EU wants to turn Belarus into another anti-Russian outpost

The Europeans, these mourners of democracy, have standards for themselves (for example, look at how protests in France were recently dispersed), but for people like Lukashenka and Yanukovych, they have completely different standards. Just as these protectors of democracy did not think about Ukraine, now they do not think about Belarus. They need to turn Belarus into another anti-Russian outpost. You [Belarusians] are pushed to the Ukrainian scenario.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western Russophobia, also alleging that the protests in Belarus that followed the last presidential elections are orchestrated by external actors. The EU does not plan to turn Belarus into an anti-Russian outpost. It did not recognize recent presidential election, as the election process did not meet the international standards expected of a participating state of the OSCE. The EU also condemned the violence against protesters who spontaneously took to the streets to protest fraudulent elections. See related disinformation cases: the protests in Belarus are a color revolution; the West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus.

Disinfo: EU banned Ukraine from fighting in Crimea because they wanted to use Ukraine for economic purposes

Europe banned the leadership, which came to power in Kyiv as a result of the Maidan, from fighting against Russia for Crimea, as it hoped to use Ukraine for economic purposes. In Europe, they were confident that the coup in Kyiv would positively affect the economic performance of the Old World.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about illegal annexation of Crimea. Also, this repeats the false narrative that Ukraine is under external control since the 2013-14 Euromaidan revolution. Ukraine is a sovereign, independent state. Relations between the EU, US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between independent countries. They are established on an equal basis. There was no coup d'etat in Ukraine. Euromaidan in Ukraine began in 2013 when Ukrainians spontaneously united against the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych after his government refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. Yanukovich fled Ukraine in the wake of protesters' demands which included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, earlypresidential elections and an end to the violence. The war in Crimea did not start, because the annexation of the peninsula was planned long before. Unmarked Russian troops meant the seizure of administrative buildings on the peninsula in February 2014, when the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was the pro-Russian politician Viktor Yanukovych, who later fled to Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine). No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum. The European Union does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. The EU has condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

See previous disinformation narratives alleging that the EU has accepted Crimea's incorporation into Russia and that The Crimean people chose to be with Russia through the democratic procedure.