Disinfo: Poland and Lithuania wish to colonise Belarus and Ukraine

Summary

Poland and Lithuania are drivers of the Belarusian crisis. They are trying to pull the whole EU into it. Poland and Lithuania are long-time tools of the US’s influence in the EU. They are trying to follow their practices in the Ukrainian crisis. Their interest in the Belarusian crisis is explained by a few factors. First, they see themselves as the US’s younger partners for exporting colour revolutions. Second, they wish to benefit economically from the flows of labour migrants and access to the market. Third, Poland and Lithuania wish to implement the Rzeczpospolita project, where Belarus and Ukraine will have the role of the colonies. They wish to become a regional empire and withstand Russia.

 

Disproof

This publication transmits several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Belarus protests as being organised and controlled from abroad and as West's attempt to organise a colour revolution, about imperial and colonial intentions of Poland and Lithuania, and about their groundless Russophobia and anti-Russian activities.

There is no evidence that the Western forces are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus. At the same time, Russia provides controversial propaganda assistance to Alyaksandr Lukashenka through a pool of Russian Today employees temporarily stationed in Belarus.

Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against election fraud and police violence towards thousands of rally participants. According to statistical data and independent observers, the official result of the presidential election was itself heavily doctored. A joint monitoring effort by three NGOs demonstrates the scale of falsification based on election protocols from 1,310 polling stations across Belarus and concludes that the announced result (80% of votes cast for Lukashenka) is mathematically "impossible" (p. 7). “We are extremely alarmed at the hundreds of allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in police custody,” UN human rights experts said, citing reports of 450 documented cases.

The European Council condemned, on 19 August 2020, the violence against peaceful protesters and announced that it would soon adopt a list of sanctions for those responsible for violence in Belarus. "As the elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair, and did not meet international standards, the EU does not recognize the results presented by the Belarus authorities," is mentioned in a European Council press release.

Poland and Lithuania fully support the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Belarus, do not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and reject any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries.

See earlier disinformation cases claiming that the West is preparing  "colourful revolution" in Belarus, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, and that Belarus moves towards complete colonization by the West.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Protest, Imperialism/colonialism, Colour revolutions

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Disproof

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