Disinfo: Nazis and Vatican oppose the Union State between Belarus and Russia

Summary

There should be a strong information and education stream of truth telling that Belarusians and Great Russians are integral branches of one, Russian people, which was artificially divided. The reunification of divided Russian people of Great, Little, and White Rus’ and the victory over anti-Christian Western globalist project is sacred.

Only a few Nazis and their liberal friends in Vatican and Moscow stand against the sacred Union of Great and White Rus’. The Vatican actively assists Belarusian Nazis. The Belarusian Catholic Church considers heroes the terrorists Kasciushka and Kalinowski. It wants to repeat Ukrainian Maidan in Minsk. Tadevush Kondrasevich, the Belarusian Roman Catholic Archbishop, is also an expert in the creation of “fifth column” in the Russian Orthodox Church. In the meantime Orthodox majority prays for Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka and for the resolution of Belarus-Russia integration issues by 20 December.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory is aimed to discredit the Belarusian Roman Catholic Church, Belarusian national heroes, and the part of Belarusian society opposing deeper integration with Russia. The disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Belarusian national heroes as terrorists, about decaying, immoral West, and West's attempts to organize Ukraine-like scenario in Belarus. The accusation of Nazism/fascism, a recurring disinformation techniques of the pro-Kremlin outlets, has been lately increasingly used in relation to Belarus.

It also promotes the concept of all-Russian people, an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favored pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty. Ukraine and Belarus are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.

On 7 December 2019, the day of a meeting between Belarusian and Russian presidents in Sochi, over 1,000 demonstrators rallied in Minsk to protest closer integration with Russia. Concerns in the Belarusian society are growing over the secrecy around the two countries' negotiations over deepened integration.

In the past pro-Kremlin media outlet accused Tadevush Kondrasevich, the Belarusian Roman Catholic Archbishop, in anti-Soviet and Russophobic worldview.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West is destabilizing Belarus with the help of Nazis and LGBT, that pro-Western Belarusian opposition prefers commemorating WWII events with swastikas and LGBT symbols, that Warsaw is preparing Euromaidan scenario for Belarus, the Union State of Belarus and Russia saves post-Soviet countries from pro-fascist West, and that western Europe is abandoning Christian roots.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Vatican, Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: Union State of Belarus and Russia, Catholic church, West, Russian world, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Materik.ru Teleskop-by.org

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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