Disinfo: One day Belarus will become part of Russia, Poland and the Baltic countries will follow

Summary

One Sunday morning, Belarus will wake up to learn that it has become a part of Russia. Most probably this will happen without a single shot. Poland and the Baltic states will be next in line.

Disproof

This case is an illustrative example of Russian expansionism towards Belarus, Poland and the Baltic states, an extreme variation of recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about Belarus as an integral part of the Russian world. The latter is based on the concept of all-Russian civilisation, an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians as well as Ukrainians.

This is an example of recurring pro-Kremlin propagandistic narratives about Belarus and Ukraine as an integral part of the Russian worldfascist and imperial WestUkraine as a non-sovereign country, and that Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine are three Russian political nations.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Russian expansionism

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