Disinfo: Inferiority complex behind ex-Soviet states urge to submit under the West

Summary

Little Democratic Dictators like Saakashvili and Pashinyan seriously believed that the West were their new “friends” who would support them in their military adventures. They felt emboldened by having the White God Men of Europe give them their grace and let it go to their heads. They were sure that people who cannot find their countries on maps, care very deeply for their destiny and are willing to do anything for them. The vassals think that because the lord will shake their hand that he is their new best buddy.

The power of this inferiority complex in and around the Former Soviet Union cannot be understated and it is a deep seeded part of every culture that speaks a bit of Russian, including the Russians themselves. The idea that submission to the West will breed prosperity is on poorly spelled protest signs on the streets of Moscow just as often as in Kiev during the Maidan.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about lack of sovereignty of Eastern European countries. See examples disinformation about the statehood of Ukraine, or instances when Poland and the Baltic States were labelled as Western vassals.

Georgia and Armenia are sovereign countries that determine their own foreign and internal politics.

Earlier examples of disinformation claims alleging that Georgia is under Western control, and that Armenia is under control of anti-Russian trans-Atlantic forces.

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  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Armenia
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions
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Disinfo: The Russophobic political power in Lithuania will undermine the president

The eternal strategy of Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christians Democrats (winners of parliamentarian elections 2020 in Lithuania) is Russophobia […]

This political power is also the master of spin. I.e. they offer Gabrielius Landsbergis as a candidate for Minister of Foreign Affairs. In Lithuania’s constitution, foreign affairs are the main responsibility of the president, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs should be his right-hand man. Gabrielius Landsbergis is a grandson of Vytautas Landsbergis – a powerful politician, the first head of Lithuania after the collapse of Soviet Union. In these circumstances, the president of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda risks to become the left-hand man of the Minister of Foreign Affairs because Gabrielius Landsbergis is just a puppet of his grandfather.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation tries to present Lithuania as a Russophobic state. See similar cases here and here. It is Lithuania's criticism of Russia's aggressive policy and illegal actions abroad (i.e. annexation of Crimea) and support of Russian and Belarusian political opposition etc. that are labelled as “Russophobia”.

Disinfo: Donbas rebelled because Russians in Ukraine were subjected to ethnocide

The war began when the Ukrainian bourgeoisie that rebelled against joining the Customs Union with Russia on Maidan declared the Russian citizens of Ukraine to be second-class citizens. They began suppressing them with the help of official power structures and paramilitary groups of neo-Nazi stormtroopers. That was not an informational or hybrid war, but a real one. [The war in Donbas] was a struggle of local workers against the Ukrainian nationalist oligarchy, i. e. civil war.

Whether the war will be stopped and whether the ethnocide of Russians inside Ukraine will be stopped is a matter of struggle and, as a result, the balance of power that arises as a result of it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against Ukraine, containing multiple disinformation narratives regarding the Euromaidan, the war in Ukraine, and claiming that Ukraine is a Russophobic state.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

Disinfo: Euromaidan was an illegal armed coup

Essentially, the Euromaidan was an illegal overthrow of the government, with all the consequences arising from this situation. […] The fact that Yanukovych was overthrown as a result of an armed coup was clear to everyone except the Ukrainians involved in this “event”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Euromaidan depicting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup.

There was no armed coup in Ukraine seven years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure.