Disinfo: Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw develop anti-Russian “information weapons”

Summary

The anti-Russian "information weapon" is being created in Warsaw. The anti-Russian propaganda centres operate in Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw, where dozens of specialists are being prepared every quarter. Today, information is one of the weapon types.

Propaganda strategy centres were set up in Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw. The information weapons are being developed there – they will be introduced and spread in Russia. Among other activities, these centres spread numerous unpleasant rumours. There is not a single similar centre in Russia, which would train specialists in information attacks. At the same time, there are several centres in Europe that train Russian citizens to be such specialists.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing the West of “hostile and aggressive anti-Russian actions”.

The claim that Poland, Latvia and Estonia created anti-Russian propaganda centres involved in the development of the anti-Russian “information weapons” is not supported by evidence.

Poland, the Baltic states and other countries of the EU and NATO are not involved in any aggressive actions aimed against Russia. Rather, they host or support multinational centres of research into esp. Russian information operations. But these centres are not comparable to the Russian "troll factories" where covert Russian information operations are made. There is wide evidence about the existence of such numerous Russian centres, which are actively involved in the information warfare activities aimed against the Western countries. Read more about the Russian information warfare activities taking place against the EU here and here. Information warfare has been one of the most important elements of the ongoing Russian “hybrid” activities against Ukraine and the EU countries.

Read other disinformation cases accusing the West of various “aggressive” anti-Russian activities: NATO is implementing hybrid warfare against Russia in the Black Sea; Western hybrid war against Belarus is a preparation of attack against Russia and NATO uses false “Russian threat” as a pretext to expand its presence near Russian borders.

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  • Reported in: Issue 254
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia
  • Keywords: Sergey Shoigu, Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, Information war, Hybrid war
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Disinfo: Slovakian Government Crisis orchestrated due to its purchase of Sputnik V

And if Brussels allowed Hungary to buy Sputnik V willy-nilly, the second country which intended to buy Sputnik V, Slovakia, was not given that opportunity. Immediately after expressing a desire to buy the drug, a government crisis was organised so that Bratislava could understand who was the master.

Disproof

Disinformation which advances the pro-Kremlin claim that the EU punishes countries which buy the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Besides being a part of Russian efforts to promote Sputnik V-vaccine, this narrative also fits into a broader pro-Kremlin narrative about “colour revolutions” allegedly promoted by the US or other Western actors to overthrow governments that are unwelcome to the West.

There is no evidence to support the claims that a government crisis was organised deliberately in Slovakia as a punishment for its purchase of Sputnik V.

Disinfo: If Western 'maidan' technologies are not stopped, Belarus will face coup and war as in Ukraine

The principles of overthrowing state authorities in Ukraine and Belarus are the same. The recent visit of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to the US, the case of athlete Kristina Tsimanouskaya, and the death of a Belarusian opposition activist in Kyiv point at the activation of an anti-Belarusian attack. If the Western 'maidan' technologies are not properly dealt with, the outcome in Belarus will be the same as in Ukraine: a coup, a war, the loss of state sovereignty and the destruction of Slavic territories.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus, the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests and the ensuing armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

There is no basis for the claims that the Western states are trying to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. The protests in Belarus drew participant from broad segments in society and erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on 9 August 2020, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called Belarusian elections neither free nor fair.

Disinfo: For the West, Russian elections will always be "bad"

A critical stance of the democratic processes in Russia is part of the West's long-term policy. In fact, this is a consistent and recurring policy; whatever happens in the Russian elections, they will always be "bad", and whatever happens in the elections in Ukraine, Moldova, or the Baltic states, they will always be "good" if they achieve the desired (Western) result.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West's double standards when dealing with Russia versus Ukraine and the Baltic States, where, according to the narrative, the West turns a blind eye to violations of human rights and democratic principles that occur there.

However, the differences in the integrity of the electoral processes between Russia on the one hand, Ukraine, Moldova, and the Baltic states on the other is more than just imagined. In the 2020 Democracy Index, Russia scored a low of 2.17 out of 10 in the "electoral process and pluralism" indicator. On the other hand, Ukraine scored 8.25 and Moldova 7, while the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all scored 9.58.