Disinfo: Poland and Lithuania are directly controlling the coup in Belarus

Summary

The Lithuanian authorities responsible for the Belarusian coup intend to change the name of the neighbouring republic at the same time. The housewife Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who considers herself the winner of the presidential race in Belarus, announced this decision. […] For several months, the pro-Western opposition of Belarus has been trying to implement a revolutionary scenario in the country. The coup plotters enjoy the support of Western countries. Poland and Lithuania are directly controlling the coup.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Belarusian protests. This same claim was reported already in November 2020 by the same outlet.

There is no evidence that Poland, Lithuania or any other Western governments are involved in the protests in Belarus. Protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called the Belarusian elections neither free nor fair.

In October 2020, the EU-Council imposed sanctions against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. See the full text and the Council conclusions (page 10).

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland is preparing a Euromaidan scenario for Belarus, that Belarus will turn anti-Russian in case it does not deepen integration with Russia, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, and that the US plans to turn Belarus into its colony, a coup and foreign military invasion may happen.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Lithuania, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: West, Protest, Coup

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about “lost sovereignty”. Poland is often presented as a “puppet-state” or "colony" of the United States. This narrative includes a message that the United States manipulates Poland and other European allies in order to carry out its anti-Russian policies.

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