Disinfo: Georgia’s military adventure was encouraged by Western partners in 2008


Russia advocates the continuation of consultations in Geneva between Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia to reach "a legal formula for their mutual obligations regarding the non-use of force and the resolution of other urgent issues."

This should be a reliable guarantee that Georgia does not repeat military adventures, which were directly or indirectly encouraged by some Western partners in 2008.

The criminal acts committed by the regime of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, such as the bombing of sleeping Tskhinvali, should not be repeated.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian war, portraying it as a peacemaker and blaming Georgia and its political leadership, as well as, the West for the war which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia timed around the 13th anniversary of the conflict.

Georgia is a sovereign country attacked by Russia in 2008. Many international organisations condemned the further occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the CSCE statement here, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia here and the European Parliament's declaration.

The EU's independent investigative commission into the 2008 Russia-Georgian war confirmed that Russia had been provoking Georgia for a long time and "Much of the Russian military action went far beyond the reasonable limits of defence."

Currently, Russia occupies 20% of Georgia's territory, about 13 years after the Russo-Georgian War, and continues to breach its international obligations by consolidating its control in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russia continues its military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of international law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union.


  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Georgia, Georgian region of Abkhazia, Georgian region of South Ossetia
  • Keywords: West, Russo-Georgian War, Mikheil Saakashvili
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Disinfo: West is eager to stage coup d'état in Belarus

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya took some photos with US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her meetings with them. They promised her to continue with their attempts to stage a coup d'état in Belarus. It is a message to Belarusians both in Belarus and abroad, as well as to aggressive centres along the Belarusian border in the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that the West is plotting against Minsk in an attempt to overthrow Belarus's illegal dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

In reality, the West does support the Belarusian opposition and makes no secret of it, hoping for a free, democratic and non-violent transfer of power from within the country rather than from abroad. As a symbol of peaceful Belarusian protest, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is thought to have won last year’s presidential elections in Belarus, has been travelling around the world and meeting foreign leaders. She has met US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders. Some countries regard her as Belarus’s only legitimate leader.

Disinfo: People of Crimea decided to restore their Russian identity

In 2014, the people of Crimea decided to restore their Russian identity and return to Russia to restore their region's status as one of the Russian regions.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea trying to portray that the area has never belonged to Ukraine.

On 26 April 1954, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR transferred Crimea to Ukraine, in which it became part of international law. And after the collapse of the USSR, Russia reaffirmed respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine by signing the 1997 Friendship Treaty.

Disinfo: Western secret services killed Belarusian dissident in Kyiv

The murder of Belarusian dissident Vitaly Shyshov was a provocation by Western secret services. They killed him because he could not account for the money they had given to him. Traitors have a wretched fate.


This is an unsubstantiated claim aimed at smearing the West in general.

There is no evidence that Western secret services were involved in the murder of Belarusian dissident Vitaly Shyshov in Kyiv. Shyshov, who was head of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine (BDU) organisation, was found hanged in a park near his Kyiv home on 3 August 2021. There were bruises on his face. He went for a run at 9 a.m. on 2 August and was meant to be back at 10 a.m. Several hours later, his girlfriend, Bazhena Zholudz, reported him missing. After finding his dead body, police launched an investigation into all possible versions, including suicide or a murder disguised as a suicide. However, Zholudz said she did not believe it was a suicide.