Disinfo: Poland has begun to claim the Hrodna region

Summary

A diplomatic carnage is taking place at the very highest level and foreign states are interfering in the internal affairs of Belarus openly declaring re-elections. Moreover, Poland has begun to claim the Hrodna region.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral fraud in the country as a Western-led colour revolution.

The EU has urged the Belarusian authorities to stop the disproportionate and unacceptable violence against peaceful protesters and does not recognize the results of the presidential election as the process did not meet the international standards expected of a participating state of the OSCE.

As for the Hrodna region, this is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative to portray Poland and Lithuania as the instigators of the protest in Belarus in order to "destabilise post-Soviet space". Hrodna region is the northwestern region in Belarus, bordering Poland and Lithuania.  Krzysztof Szczerski, an aide to Poland’s president, commented on Lukashenka's statement that Poland planned to take over Hrodna region, calling it "unacceptable". Szczerski said that "no one has such intentions in Poland and this is propaganda."

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Protest, Alexander Lukashenko, Elections

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