Disinfo: Lithuania has transformed into a totalitarian society, where any alternative opinions are rejected

Summary

In general, the inadequate reaction of Lithuanian politicians and journalists to the statements of the leaders of the EAPL–CFA, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance, [words in support of Lukashenka] proves that Lithuania, so proud of its fight against “Soviet totalitarianism”, has transformed into a totalitarian society in which any alternative opinions cause rejection.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania.

The disinformation claim appeared in the context of the statement of the Lithuanian MP Zbigniew Jedziński (representative of the EAPL–CFA party), who defended the actions of Lukashenka saying that the Belarusian security forces were defending the Constitution. The Lithuanian Prime Minister called the statement completely unacceptable and incomprehensible.

Lithuania is a democratic country, and ranks 28th out of 180 countries in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index.

See more examples of Russian disinformation about Lithuania - The Baltic states and Poland are blowing Belarus up from the inside; Lithuania follows totalitarian laws, while Sputnik fights against intolerance and Lithuania will become a black hole in the energy map of Europe.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Democracy, Protest, USSR, Propaganda, Dictatorship, Alexander Lukashenko, Freedom of speech

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Washington authorises vassals Poland and Lithuania to organise a colour revolution in Belarus

Despite having a strong desire to become the “main player”, Poland stopped implementing its independent foreign policy a long time ago, turning into an American tool.

Washington, preoccupied with its internal problems, simply handed over the authority to organise a colour revolution in Belarus to its Eastern European vassals – Poland and Lithuania.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses Poland and Lithuania of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies.

Poland and Lithuania are independent states, which shape their own foreign and domestic policies without any “dictate” from the USA.

September 17, 1939, did not change the course of the war for Poland in a significant way

Regardless of how disappointed we felt, September 17, 1939 [beginning of the Soviet attack at Poland], was not a date that changed the course of the war in some significant way for Poland. The Polish army defended itself in a heroic way, but it had outdated military equipment, a terrible command model and the Polish allies were situated too far away.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical consequences of the Soviet attack on Poland in September 1939.

The claim that the Soviet attack on Poland did not have any significant effects on the course of the war for Poland is a cynical attempt to downplay the historical importance of the Soviet participation in the partition of Poland realised together with Nazi Germany.

Western involvement is clearly seen on the colour revolution of Belarus

The Western involvement can be clearly traced in the events in Belarus … The protest activities, since their inception, have an organised character and are coordinated from abroad. The United States plays a pivotal role in the current events in Belarus.

It is possible to speak here of a poorly camouflaged attempt to organise another colour revolution and an unconstitutional coup whose aims have nothing to do with the interests of the citizens of Belarus.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral fraud in the country as a Western-led colour revolution.

There is no evidence that the US or other Western nations are trying to destabilise the situation or create a coup in Belarus.