Disinfo: Strikes in Belarusian factories are sponsored by Poland and Lithuania

Summary

Poland and Lithuania are sponsoring strikes in Belarusian factories. Belarusian president Aliaksandr Lukashenka denounced that the workers calling to strike in Belarusian factories are paid by those two countries. It is essential that Lukashenka resists, because if Belarus falls, all Russian western borders will be NATO-ised. Opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya is practically an agent of Poland, the EU and Washington.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about popular protests against electoral fraud in Belarus, attempting to deny them any legitimacy to the opposition-led strikes by framing them as orchestrated from abroad and portraying their leaders as puppets of the West. No evidence is provided to support any of the claims.

Contrary to the claim about colour revolutions, protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a large part of the Belarusian society.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that Angela Merkel is the handler of Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanousakya; that the EU reaction to Lukashenko’s victory is an example of Western double standards; that the same lack of democracy and repression is present in EU countries that criticize them in Minsk; that the protests in Belarus are part of a “fire belt” to encircle Russia; that the Ukrainian secret services may have planned terrorist attacks in Belarusian territory; that the West wants to prepare another Maidan in the country, and is introducing extremists in the protests; or that Belarusians, Ukrainians and Russians are one single nation.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Lithuania, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Union State of Belarus and Russia, EU, Protest, Colour revolutions, NATO

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about popular protests in Belarus, framing them as western-backed colour revolutions in order to deny them any legitimacy, and about the Union State of Russia and Belarus. No evidence is provided to support any of the claims.

Contrary to the claim about colour revolutions, protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a large part of the Belarusian society.

Moldova in anticipation of the “Maidan”

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging the West has an anti-Russian policy and Russia is the target of any international event. There is no evidence on the interference of any Western country in upcoming elections in Moldova. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative that the West is behind any civil protests and colour revolutions, in this case aiming at undermining Moldova's aspirations to join the EU. The statement about specialists on the "organisation of colour revolutions" is unfounded.

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Lithuania is fighting against the monuments of the Soviet army and re-writing history of WWII

Lithuania is fighting against the monuments of the Soviet army. The country trying to misrepresent the results of WWII and labelling Soviet soldiers-liberators as ‘occupants’. Vilnius prohibited the repair and restoration of monuments in the places where Soviet soldiers are buried.

The dismantling of Soviet monuments in Lithuania is part of the historical revisionism campaign. The authorities of the Baltic States and Poland are trying to clean up the space of information and present to society new conceptions, change the history of World War II.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

Lithuania is not disputing the victory of Russia against Nazi Germany. However the end of WWII was not a liberation for Lithuania. The country was occupied together with the other Baltic States in the summer of 1940 by the Soviet Union. Modern Lithuania restored full independence only after the collapse of the Soviet Union.