Disinfo: Gorbachev and Yeltsin were CIA agents, and the US earned trillions of dollars thanks to Kurapaty story


Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Alexander Yakovlev, a member of the Politburo and Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, were blessed by Margaret Thatcher to undermine socialism. On CIA instructions Yakovlev chaired the campaign on USSR destruction. His campaign included falsification of the alleged secret protocol to Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and Katyn tragedy, both based on Goebbels fakes. Boris Yeltsin, first Russia’s president, was a CIA agent too. He appointed CIA officers to each Russian ministry, destroyed Russian industry and agriculture, science, education, and health care system, and inflicted larger damage on Russia than Hitler’s or Napoleon’s occupations taken together.

Belarusian politician Zianon Pazniak has been a CIA agent too. His mission was to invent the Kurapaty story and to assign the crimes by Hitler’s followers to Belarusian people and USSR’s NKVD, thus contributing to USSR’s destruction. It allowed Americans to benefit thanks to USSR resources and technologies for trillions of US dollars. Present-time impoverished people and great Russian losses are a consequence of Pazniak’s activities.


This publication is a mix of conspiracies and groundless allegations which aim to present the USSR's collapse as a plot of CIA agents among Soviet authorities, to put a blame for socio-economic difficulties in Russia on the West whose agent Boris Yeltsin allegedly was, to put in question the existence of secret protocols to Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and mass political killings by NKVD including in Minsk and Katyn. It generally falls into the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the aggressive West.

Alexander Yakovlev was the first Soviet politician to acknowledge the existence of the secret protocols of the 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact with Nazi Germany. However, their authenticity is well proven and cannot be considered Goebbels’s fake as alleged. The same is true for Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of about 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the Soviet secret police, the NKVD in April and May 1940.

Kurapaty is an area on the outskirts of Minsk, where at least 30,000 people (according to some estimates, up to 250,000 people) were executed for political reasons by the NKVD, in the period between 1937 and 1941. Zianon Pazniak was a Belarusian historian who discovered undocumented mass graves on the outskirts of Minsk in 1988 and alleged that it was the site of mass executions by NKVD. The discovery gave an added momentum to pro-independence movement in Belarus. The version about the Soviet NKVD massacre was repeatedly confirmed by the Soviet and Belarusian official investigations.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West destroyed the USSR and currently targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia, that Kurapaty memorial site is a Western project to ruin Belarusian statehood, and that the West began destabilising Belarus through religious issues and Kurapaty memorial site.


  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Socialism, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Katyn, USSR, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler, Conspiracy, CIA, Nazi/Fascist


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