Disinfo: NATO consists of colonial habits, dictatorship of the strong and lack of will of the weak

Summary

NATO is an organisation that has no common laws and values. The only thing that unites the Alliance is the mania for enlargement, which has shown all the malignancy of hegemonism.

[...] there is hegemony and colonial habits, a dictatorship of the strong and a lack of will of the weak. The members of this "alliance" have long ceased to be free even in making their own decisions.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO.

The Atlantic Alliance is not a tool for hegemonism or domination but a mutual defence alliance of democratic states aiming to guarantee the freedom and security of its members.

When it comes to NATO's decisions, they are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries. NATO respects the right of every country to choose its own security arrangements. In fact, Article 13 of the Washington Treaty gives Allies the right to leave. Over the past 65 years, 29 countries have chosen freely, and in accordance with their domestic democratic processes, to join NATO which now has 30 member countries. Not one has asked to leave.

Furthermore, the claim about NATO's "mania of enlargement" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join exercising their free will to decide alliance affiliation.

Since Russia began its aggressive actions against Ukraine, Russian officials have accused NATO of a series of threats and hostile actions. Read more about myths and disinformation about NATO.

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  • Reported in: Issue 270
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Armenian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU
  • Keywords: NATO, EU/NATO enlargement, Maria Zakharova, Imperialism/colonialism, Dictatorship
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Disinfo: Events in Kazakhstan are another Western-made colour revolution

Another attempt of the "colour revolution" in Kazakhstan is due to the intervention of external forces rather than internal problems in the country. There is a well-organised network of the West, which at one time carried out similar colour revolutions in a number of post-Soviet countries. These were not only aimed at overthrowing authoritarian regimes and replacing them with Western-style democracies but were mostly anti-Russian in nature. Let us remind you that the events in Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan were held under the anti-Russian flag.

The real goal is to reduce Russia's influence in the post-Soviet countries and to overthrow the path of integration into the Eurasian Economic Union chosen by some countries.

Disproof

This claim advances an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the January 2022 anti-government protests in Kazakhstan are part of a US policy of staging “colour revolutions” worldwide with the aim of destabilising Russia.

The pro-Kremlin media frequently falsely portray popular protests around the world as instigated from abroad, often by the US and the West. The disinformation narrative has been applied, among others, to reports about protests in GeorgiaUkrainethe Czech RepublicBulgariaBelarusVenezuelaSlovakiaHong Kong, with the aim of portraying protest movements as aggressive actors supported by foreign powers who constantly prepare new coups.

Disinfo: Protests in Kazakhstan are a new Western attempt to organise a colour revolution

Protests in Kazakhstan are a new attempt to organise a colour revolution in the post-Soviet space. All the current Kazakh elite studied in Western universities, mostly British. Therefore, there are many influence agents in Kazakhstan. They don’t have anything to do with Russia, and they promote European integration. Generally, Kazakhstan is being played by the West according to the Ukrainian scenario.

Signs of a coup can be clearly traced in the events in Kazakhstan. First, the call to take governmental buildings, military units and security forces. Second, the presence of organisers according to long-data manuals and footprints. Third, the presence of foreigners, plus the interests of the collective West.

Disproof

This case mixes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests contrary to the Kremlin’s interests as "Western-backed colour revolutions" with an attempt to explain the new developments in Kazakhstan.

The case seeks to lay the blame on the West for the entire unrest in Kazakhstan which is fueled by high gas prices and social discontent in the Kazakh society.

Disinfo: Russia is better than Europe at vaccines and protecting civil rights during the pandemic

Brussels says there are no civil liberties in Russia, but Europe itself has restricted basic freedoms. The situation of civil liberties in Russia is much better than in COVID-seized Europe. People in Russia are vaccinating by free will, in support of the public interest. Europe is forcing people to do it. Russia is producing effective vaccines. By the way, it is not clear if Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are as effective as Sputnik V.

Disproof

This narrative includes disinformation about restriction measures in Europe due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes a message about the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

Oxford COVID-19 government response stringency index shows that response to the pandemic in Russia is quite similar to Europe. There are also differences between European countries: in some EU countries stricter measures are implemented (Germany, France) and in some softer measures are in place (Portugal, Poland, Baltic states) compared to Russia.