Disinfo: Poland openly interferes in domestic affairs of Belarus, dictating to Minsk how it should behave

Summary

The Polish authorities continue their open interference in domestic affairs of Belarus. Warsaw exerts pressure on Minsk, dictating the way how it should behave. Poland openly supports and finances the Belarusian opposition forces, controlled through NGOs.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations. It accuses Poland of a plan to intervene in the domestic affairs of Belarus, which is a severe violation of the principles of diplomacy and international relations.

On August 14, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented the so-called “Solidarity Plan”, which is aimed at supporting Belarusian society, which faces harsh repressions from the side of the Belarusian authorities. This Plan has five components – support for people facing political repressions; a scholarship programme; better access to the Polish labour market; support to independent media; support to Belarusian NGOs. These steps have no connection to the alleged “active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus”. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.

Belarusian politicians who had to flee the country have to meet with foreign representatives abroad because of the current wave of political repressions in Belarus.

See other examples of similar messages: The West supports a bloody post-election Maidan scenario in BelarusThe West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus and Poland presented a plan of active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Protest, NGO, Maria Zakharova, Alexander Lukashenko, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

Accusing USSR of WWII outbreak, Poland distracts attention from its pre-war “miscalculations”

It is not the first time when Russia faces the Polish attempts to speculate with the topics of WWII, sensitive to the peoples of the former USSR. The Polish Prime Minister cynically claims that WWII was caused by the USSR together with Nazi Germany – in this way, he tries to distract the attention of the Polish society from strategic miscalculations of the pre-war Polish authorities, making external forces fully responsible for the WWII outbreak.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and to reject the historical fact of the Soviet attack at Poland in September 1939.

On August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the USSR signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which divided Poland and other Eastern European countries between these two totalitarian powers.

Polish “war” against Red Army monuments compares to the actions of the Islamic State

The “historical war” in Poland is practically expressed in an unprecedented attack at the monuments and remembrance symbols (such as street names) – this attack can be compared only to the actions of the Islamic State. The object of this attack is all the monuments commemorating the efforts and sacrifices of the Red Army in its liberation of the Polish territory.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

In 2017, Poland introduced new laws to ban totalitarian propaganda. According to this Law, up to 230 Soviet monuments may be replaced, a decision to be made by the Polish local authorities. The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlines that the Red Army burial places and cemeteries located in Poland will be carefully protected. It is possible to dismantle and remove only symbolic monuments to the Red Army.

A colour revolution was prevented in Belarus 

A first attack was repelled and an attempt was curbed to implement a Ukrainian scenario in Belarus, that is, a scenario of a colour revolution orchestrated from outside.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus and colour revolutions, and painting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as revolution orchestrated by the West.

This narrative claims that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are “colour revolutions” directed and funded by the West.