Disinfo: The EU continues to support a colour revolution in Belarus

Summary

A Lithuanian MEP condemned the Belarusian authorities for repressions against the opposition and warned about possible EU sanctions. The policy of Brussels is not surprising, it is about a well-known algorithm of colour revolutions. The EU’s actions are aimed at legitimising radical opposition and preventing the state authorities from using power against an attempt to organise a coup d’état. The EU’s political establishment follows the same tactics as it used in 2013-14 events in Ukraine.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions.

On 2 June 2020, Lithuanian MEP Petras Auštrevičius co-signed a letter, deploring the crackdown on peaceful protesters and civil society activists in Belarus. "In case of further arbitrary arrests and restrictions for Belarusian citizens to freely exercise their political rights, we will see no other option but to seek for a review of the European Union’s policy towards Belarus, including new sanctions targeting the officials responsible for these actions,” the letter says.

Restrictive measures or sanctions are an essential tool of the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy. Their imposition is no way equal to the support of a colour revolution. In the past the EU repeatedly introduced sanctions against Belarusian officials for mass violations of human rights and electoral standards but it has not attempted to stage a colour revolution in Belarus or any other country.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here. The war in eastern Ukraine is not a West-driven civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Belarusian opposition leaders prepare a coup with US military assistance, that the West dreams of tearing Belarus apart from Russia and to organise a Ukraine-like scenario, that Belarusian opposition leader Andrei Sannikau prepares a coup with US military assistance, and that pro-Western Belarusian opposition prepares a revolution with the assistance of armed Ukrainian nationalists.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Coup, Euromaidan, Conspiracy

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