Disinfo: Russia will be surrounded by an arc of instability

Summary

Russia is swept in an arc of instability. This fall, three major conflicts broke out on the periphery of Russia in the countries that were part of the USSR. Two of them are of an internal political nature and are associated with the confrontation between the authorities and the opposition (Belarus) or the struggle between clan-criminal groups (Kyrgyzstan), and one (Karabakh) is an interstate one associated with the struggle for control over the territory.

To understand the reasons for such close attention of the American military to conflicts along the perimeter of the Russian border, it is worth recalling the recent RAND report dedicated to containing the Russian Federation. If you look at the map, it becomes obvious that the conflict zone spans Russia from the border with Belarus to the Caucasus and Central Asia, where, in addition to Kyrgyzstan, destabilisation can also affect Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Disproof

The article appeared in the context of the recent escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh which is a continuation of the decades-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. It is a conspiracy theory framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based on a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia being encircled through a so-called “Anaconda plan. It also contains a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative that the West is the organiser behind any civil protests and colour revolutions, framing popular protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan as Western-backed destabilisation attempts. There is no evidence backing any of the claims.

The RAND Corporation is a US analytical centre that provides research and analysis in a variety of fields and helps to make political decisions. It is financed by US government agencies (US Department of Health and Human Services, US Army, US Air Force), the private sector, foundations and philanthropic contributions. It is not the first time that the RAND is being a target of attacks by pro-Kremlin media due to their regular publication of reports on the military and security aspects of relations with Russia. Previous cases in our database have already seen RAND report as a US plan to take Russia out of the post-Soviet space or as Ukraine's guideline for stirring up revolutions in Belarus and Russia.

Read similar cases; for example, the claim that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict favours US interests, someone wants to divert Russia from Belarus and Syria, that the escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is directed against Russia, that clashes in Nagorno Karabakh are part of an Anaconda Ring plan against Russia, that the US is creating a destabilising belt around Russia, or that the West is creating a “fire belt” around Russia through protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, and that the masters of the colour revolution in Armenia are only interested in creating problems for Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, Nagorno-Karabakh
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The US destroyed Russian ventilators and lied about their defect

“Politics” instead of “saving people”. The United States destroyed ventilators donated by Russia and lied about their defect. A spokesman for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency said that Americans had destroyed the ventilators donated by Russia. Moreover, in the presentation of BuzzFeed News, the devices were defective, but in fact, it turned out that the Americans simply did not figure out how to use the adapters. And they decided to lie. As always, for the sake of politics.

Disproof

Disinformation linked to the decision of US health to stop using medical equipment donated by Russian Federation. Forty-five ventilators were sent from Russia to the USA in April 2020. They included several of a particular model called Aventa-M, built by the Ural Instrument Engineering Plant (UPZ) in Chelyabinsk, 930 miles east of Moscow. Shortly after being delivered to the US, this model of ventilators was reported by Russian media to have caused two deadly fires at hospitals treating coronavirus patients. That is why in May 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesperson said that they are aware of the fires and that the US is returning the ventilators “out of an abundance of caution.” Recently, however, a FEMA spokesperson said to BuzzFeed News that the donated ventilators "were disposed of following strict hazardous waste disposal regulatory guidelines set by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)." At the same time, on 22 October Meduza reported that the Russian court fined this same ventilator-manufacturer for shoddy production. This is already the second time the Ural Instrument Making Plant has been fined for manufacturing faulty equipment.

The West is blackmailing Zelenskyy

British intelligence has invited the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to show him compromising evidence they have and remind him he needs to obey the orders of the West.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the West. There is no evidence of such claims. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy paid an official visit to the United Kingdom. During the visit, he signed the Agreement on Political Cooperation, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the UK. "The UK supports President Zelenskyy’s efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine and is focussing diplomatic efforts on assisting the Ukrainian government with peace-building and recovery, alongside longstanding support for economic and governance reform and anti-corruption initiatives," the UK government officially stated. You can read similar cases claiming that in exchange for IMF loans, Kyiv will carry out the genocide of Ukrainians, that Ukrainians will be turned into the cheap labour force, and that Ukraine spends half of its budget to pay debts.

The Globalists target Karabakh in order to suffocate Russia

Globalists, they never sleep. They are constantly creating a cataclysm. One after the other. After the war in Syria came Covid. When the rate of the spread of Covid slowed down, came the Black Lives matter movement… The next one is the war in Artsakh (Karabakh). And the main goal of this war is to create a suffocating circle around Russia, the enemy of the globalists, which must be gradually squeezed to eliminate that country.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, connecting any political or natural cataclysms with the global/ secret elites. Conspiracy theories about the "deep state" are widespread, they promote a narrative about a global elite secretly ruling the world. In most cases, the “deep state” is referred to as American elites, who promote aggressive wars and prevent US reconciliation with Russia. The idea of a "deep state" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists. This article also promotes another narrative framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based on a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia being encircled through a so-called “Anaconda plan. There is no evidence that the 2020 military confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan was aimed against Russia. The recent escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is a continuation of the decades-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that US is creating a destabilising belt around Russia, that the goal of the US global “Anaconda” strategy is to limit the living space of geopolitical opponents, and that the West's objective is to encircle Russia entirely thanks to the "Anaconda ring" and "Great Turan" doctrines, that The West is creating a “fire belt” around Russia through protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, that Nine days before the war, Lady Gaga warned about it.