Disinfo: Opposition groups in Belarus, like Satanists, attacked Orthodox church believers

Summary

The Orthodox Easter turned out to be complicated for Belarus due to the coronavirus pandemic and outrage by Satanists, who literally shut the road to church for believers and called them to protest against the state authorities instead. Opposition activists, nationalists, bloggers, and journalists played the role of Satanists. They waged a propaganda campaign, harassment and persecution of believers. To choose a square instead of church is akin to replacing the belief in God with serving the devil.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with a pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about the Belarusian opposition's attempts to organise a full-scale split from the Russian Orthodox Church. Often the Belarusian opposition is accused of being funded by the West and therefore its alleged anti-Orthodox activities are presented as attempts by the West to destabilise Belarus and organise a colour revolution there.

A number of political groups, civil activists, bloggers and journalists in Belarus informed about the need for further reduction of physical contact in Belarus to minimise the risks of infection during the epidemic. Belarusian media informed about the Ministry of Health recommendations to avoid attending churches for people with symptoms and to organise Easter services outside churches. Each of three opposition candidates for presidency who were taking part in primaries recorded Easter greetings (1, 2, and 3) and no one harassed or persecuted Orthodox church believers as alleged.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that West-funded totalitarian sectarians aim to destroy Orthodox church in Belarus, that the West began destabilising Belarus through religious issues, and that the West supports Belarusian environmental NGOs in a struggle against Russia and Russian Orthodox church.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Orthodox Church, Conspiracy
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Disproof

Conspiracy theory and part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about lost sovereignty and threatened values. This disinformation message promotes the concept of a big conspiracy and is consistent with the recurring Shadow Government narrative, which pro-Kremlin disinformation sources often deploy as a rhetorical device to undermine the West and the international liberal-democratic institutional order.

It is also aimed at discrediting a number of democratic and liberal concepts such as civil society, and to question the legitimacy of Armenian state institutions.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the coronavirus pandemic, biological weapons and one of the common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about a "Deep state" or Shadow Government of all-powerful groups ruling the world and controlling leaders.This is part of a disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service.

There is no evidences to support the claim that the coronavirus is a biological weapon. The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading, with new cases being reported in more that 200 countires of the world.

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The West continues its destructive policies against post-Soviet space. In the past, it attempted to destroy the USSR and the Soviet people through Nazi/fascist aggression and German colonisation as Hitler’s “New Europe” concept envisaged. Currently, the West promotes its geopolitical interests through the so-called “new independent countries.” The West’s ultimate goal is to dismember Russia into a number of pseudo-independent republics or at least turning Russia into a supplier of raw materials for Western corporations.

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Disproof

This claim is a conspiracy theory aimed at discrediting the EU / West as a whole. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about alleged Western aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia and its anti-Russian activities. The accusation of Nazism/ Fascism and building a link to Nazi Germany is one of the favourite techniques of pro-Kremlin outlets. Read earlier propaganda cases building a link between Nazi Germany "Drang nach Osten" concept and the current EU's policies and our past analysis Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest.

The European Union was set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. The founders of the EU have no connection with the Nazis. The Nazi ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. Read more here. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.