Disinfo: The crisis in Belarus was triggered by Western countries

Summary

The crisis in Belarus was triggered by Western countries and forced supporters of rapprochement with Russia, to unite.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Belarusian protests.

There is no evidence that any other Western governments or countries are at all involved in the protests in Belarus. 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 big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called the Belarusian elections neither free nor fair. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actors, opposition politicians and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.

In October 2020, the EU Council imposed sanctions against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. See the full text and the Council conclusions (page 10). Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland is preparing a Euromaidan scenario for Belarus, that Belarus will turn anti-Russian in case it does not deepen integration with Russia, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, and that the US plans to turn Belarus into its colony, a coup and foreign military invasion may happen. Other cases allege that the West was helping to destabilise the situation in Belarus before the election, that US agents attempt to overthrow Lukashenka along with the Ukrainian scenario, that the West dreams of tearing Belarus apart from Russia and to organise a Ukraine-like scenario, and that pro-Western Belarusian opposition prepares a revolution with the assistance of armed Ukrainian nationalists.

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  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Country: Belarus, Russia
  • Keywords: Union State of Belarus and Russia, West, Russian superiority, Alexander Lukashenko, Coup
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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.