Disinfo: In Belarus citizens are not demonstrating against election falsification, rather professionals try to destabilise Lukashenko

Summary

There are some surprising things. For example, the Belarusian police arrested a man who behaved very violently and injured some police officers and who was found with $10,000 on him which he was distributing to demonstrators. But the question is, how many of them are really fed up with Lukashenko and how many of them are there because of a Maidan scenario?

Disproof

Classical disinformation narrative that opponents or demonstrators on former USSR territories are paid during colour revolutions organised by globalist forces to destabilise the legitimate authorities.

The site Komsomolskaya Pravda published a video of the man stating that the money was his own and he was not intending to distribute it or engage in politics. Open Media quoted by the Insider adds that the arrested man, Mikhail Simakov, is an individual entrepreneur engaged in the sale of used cars. On that day, he sold an Opel Zafira, returned home with the money, but he was detained at the entrance. Simakov's family stated that he has nothing to do with the protests and he did not hand money out to protestors as accused. 

Pro-Kremlin media have also made similar claims about protestors being paid to take part in the Euromaidan protests in 2014 in Kiev.

More cases about Belarus can be seen at the following links: The EU criticised the elections and repression in Minsk, but in fact, the EU and its members have the same lack of democracy and repression, The protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to Maidan scenario, Russia has neutralised many Western attempts to topple the Belarusian government, The EU continues to support a colour revolution in Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, Elections

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Disproof

False information issued by the Belarus administration and propagated by Russian media to disqualify the civil protests in Belarus.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus. Also consistent with the narrative that the West organises coups and colour revolutions all over the world which supports another propaganda narrative about the Western-staged coup d'état in Ukraine. See earlier disinformation cases comparing Belarus protests to Maidan: The West supports a bloody post-election maidan scenario in Belarus; The protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to maidan scenario; The West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus. 

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Disproof

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