Disinfo: Lithuania constantly interferes in the affairs of Belarus

Summary

Lithuania constantly interferes into the affairs of Belarus, supporting the opposition and calling for new elections in the neighbouring country. Lithuanian politicians think that the results of the presidential elections in Belarus were “falsified”. The Baltic countries implement personal sanctions against some Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko.

Moscow has urged Lithuania many times not to destabilise the situation in the neighbouring country and allow people in Belarus to take matters in their own hands.

The Belarusian authorities have said many times that protests in the country are coordinated from abroad. Lukashenko accuses Western countries of direct interference in the situation in the republic. The US is the main coordinator and Europeans are supporters of the riots in Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania and alleged Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

Lithuania is a neighbour of Belarus and it continues to support the Belarusian people. This support has included the possibility for Belarusians to arrive in Lithuania under the so-called humanitarian exception, the possibility for students from Belarus to begin studies in Lithuania etc.

The sanctions against the Belarusian authorities are not only implemented by the Baltic states. Alexander Lukashenko and 58 other individuals are on the list of sanctions of the European Union. Sanctions against Belarusian officials have also been implemented by the US, Canada, United Kingdom.

See similar examples of disinformation linked to events in Belarus: The West intends to cut Belarus from Russia; Washington authorises vassals Poland and Lithuania to organise a colour revolution in Belarus; Events in Belarus organized by Poland, Lithuania, UK and various American foundations.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Protest, Alexander Lukashenko, Colour revolutions, Sanctions

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The campaign to discredit the Orthodox religion and the legalisation of same sex marriage are two events whose introduction into Georgian society will lead to the complete devaluation of the main identifying characteristic of the Georgian nation – the Orthodox religion. This process will automatically lead to the disintegration of the united Georgian nation into easily manipulated individuals, which will inevitably end with the liquidation of the nation’s historical-cultural unity.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aimed at portraying the West and the Western values as pernicious, immoral, degenerate and a threat to traditional values. The narrative about “threatened values”, one of the most common pro-Kremlin narratives, suggests that those who are committed to traditional values are now threatened by those who oppose them and instead seek to establish a morally bankrupt dystopia.

These narratives aim at portraying the West as depraved and endangering societies by imposing the same beliefs on other countries. It undermines progressive Western attitudes about a variety of normative issues, including the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTQ groups, among others.

EU sanctions on “Russian disinformation” aim to strangle democratic debate

The EU’s proposed sanctions on what they call Russian/Chinese “disinformation” seek to strangle the democratic debate, not protect it. Years of the ‘Russiagate’ hysteria fueled by the Atlantic establishment have reached their logical end point, with unelected bureaucrats in Brussels reportedly seeking to sanction “disinformation” in the name of protecting democracy. The field of “countering Kremlin disinformation” has been an incredibly lucrative cottage industry within NATO since the 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine and the resulting hysteria over “Russian aggression.” After the 2016 US elections and the finally debunked “Russiagate” conspiracy theory, again to no avail, funding skyrocketed. All of this is being done in the name of protecting the “democratic debate,” of course. irony of ironies, by prohibiting anything that deviates beyond the shrinking perimeter of discourse defined by established powers.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, aiming to deny any wrongdoing by Russia by accusing those attempting to counter its disinformation of “limiting freedom of expression” or pursuing their own economic interests. No evidence is provided to support any of the multiple affirmations.

Contrary to these claims, Russia’s interference campaigns in Europe and the US through disinformation and other means have been widely proven and documented. Russia’s meddling in the US election in 2016 is not a “debunked conspiracy theory”; instead, a huge set of evidence was gathered and made public by special counsel Robert Mueller and by a 5-volume series of reports by the Intelligence Committee of the US Senate. Similar inquiries have been carried out and served to document Russian efforts to interfere in UK, France and Germany, among other countries. The European Democracy Action Plan proposes improving the existing EU's toolbox for countering this foreign interference, including new instruments that allow imposing costs on perpetrators.

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative against Moldova’s president-elect Maia Sandu, aiming to discredit her victory in the 2020 election against pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon by framing her as a Western puppet. On November 30, 2020, Sandu called for the withdrawal of the around 1,000 Russian troops deployed in Transnistria as a necessary condition to solve the conflict and asked to replace them by a OSCE civilian observer mission, a move that was strongly rejected by Moscow, which called it “irresponsible”. It is in this context that this disinformation story appeared in the Spanish version of Sputnik. The claim that an attempt to provoke clashes with Russian forces to favour a NATO intervention in Transnistria is a conspiracy theory not backed by any evidence.

See other examples of these disinformation narratives, such as claims that Maia Sandu won thanks to election fraud; that she has advised Zelenskyy to start a military campaign against Donbas; that her mission is to help Biden to create a sanitary cordon around Russia; that she wants to arrange a second Karabakh in Transnistria, where Romania and Moldova have secret plans to expel Russian troops; or that after her victory, the collapse of Moldova is inevitable.