Disinfo: 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.


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.


  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, Secret elites / global elites, Conspiracy theory


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The EU planned the relocation of Belarusian IT businesses well in advance

The escape of the Belarusian IT business in neighbouring countries was planned well in advance by the Western states and particularly by the European Union. Alyaksandr Lukashenka managed to bring many IT companies to Belarus because a “big brother” tolerated this. He did so not to help the Belarusian economy but to create the outflow effect at a critical moment. The West and the EU knew very well that at some point they would not recognise the Belarusian elections, introduce sanctions, and start pressing the businesses. Hence, the outflow of businesses was programmed by them.


This is a conspiracy consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about aggressive West aiming to harm Belarus by any means. It groundlessly speaks about the Western pressure on Belarusian businesses and wrongly interprets EU sanctions. In early October 2020, the EU imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals 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. However, EU sanctions do not extend to any state or private business. The allegation that the outflow of IT businesses was programmed by the EU which was aware of the upcoming non-recognition of election makes no sense. Numerous gross violations were well-documented by specialised NGOs based on accounts of independent observers and journalists. The EU did not recognise a number of previous presidential and parliamentary elections as free and fair based on ODIHR OSCE observation mission conclusions. However, never before the post-electoral situation resulted in such a massive relocation of IT businesses. This is because the relocation results not from non-recognition of presidential results by the Western countries or imposition of personal sanctions by them, but from the breakdown of law in Belarus, unprecedented repressive actions of the Belarusian state authorities, and occasional internet shutdowns during protest rallies. Asked about negative factors for their activities in a recent survey, Belarusian startup companies named the absence of legal protection and dysfunctional legislation (56%), violence and killings of peaceful citizens (56%), a loss of trust towards state authorities, and political crisis (47%), criminal cases against employees of startup companies (47%), and cases when law enforcement agencies can break into the offices, arrest employees and seize equipment without legal grounds (45%). According to human rights advocates, around 15,000 people have been detained in Belarus since the election, and over 100 of them were declared political prisoners. By September 2020 UN human rights experts received reports of 450 documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty after the disputed presidential election and called on Belarus to stop torturing detainees. Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that CIA and Pentagon prepare Belarusian protestors in Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic states, that hostile actions of Poland towards Belarus a smokescreen for Poland’s real goals, and that the United States organised the protests in Belarus.

Tsikhanouskaya aims to dismantle Belarusian economy through migration of highly qualified labour

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met a number of Polish politicians including prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He was passed a letter asking to amend legislation to allow Belarus migrants arriving through humanitarian programmes to work in Poland. Tsikhanouskaya’s aim is to organise the emigration of the highly qualified labour force from Belarus to dismantle the Belarusian economy. This is an instrument of pressure on Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Emigration of IT specialists will make Belarus losing revenues from the export of IT products. This scenario, however, is not advantageous for Poland which currently faces a serious social and economic crisis.


This publication misinterprets Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's initiative regarding the Belarusian migrants in Poland. It fits into the disinformation narrative about Tsikhanouskaya as a Western puppet which purposefully inflicts harm on the Belarusian people and state. Her request to the Polish government is linked to a rather limited group of Belarusian migrants who come to Poland on humanitarian visas and cannot be viewed as an attempt to organise a massive emigration of highly-qualified specialists from Belarus. Humanitarian visas are issued by Polish consulates to Belarusians who need to temporarily leave Belarus due to the state repressions, independently of their professional qualification. It is reported that between 18 August and 18 October 2020, 399 Belarusians arrived in Poland on humanitarian visas. The current Polish legislation does not allow holders of humanitarian visas to undertake work activities in Poland which creates difficulties for this category of migrants. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya asked to amend the legislation accordingly. As for the emigration of highly-qualified specialists, this trend is indeed observed in Belarus. However, as the results of a recent survey show, the relocation of Belarusian IT companies to Poland and other countries stems from the breakdown of law, repressive actions of the state authorities and occasional internet shutdowns rather than Tsikahnouskaya's negotiations with Polish politicians. Asked about negative factors for their activities in a recent survey, Belarusian startup companies named the absence of legal protection and dysfunctional legislation (56%), violence and killings of peaceful citizens (56%), a loss of trust towards state authorities and political crisis (47%), criminal cases against employees of startup companies (47%), and cases when law enforcement agencies can break into the offices, arrest employees and seize equipment without legal grounds (45%). See earlier disinformation narratives alleging that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s trip to Germany shows that Merkel is her handler, that Poland and Lithuania directly sponsor open extremist actions against Belarus, and that imperialistic Poland and Lithuania are the springboards for Belarusian Maidan.

The West turns Ukraine into a staging ground for an attack on Russia

Already at least two countries that are members of NATO have declared their readiness to deploy their military bases on the territory of Ukraine. The main task is to get as close to Russia as possible.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and encircled Russia. There is no evidence that Ukraine will be used by any NATO country as a ground against Russia. So far, no country has expressed its willingness to deploy a military base in Ukraine. Speculations over this started after joint Ukraine-UK military exercises this year. At the moment, Ukraine and the UK are planning to cooperate in the development of the Ukrainian sea fleet. The UK also expressed its willingness to help in the modernisation of Ukrainian naval infrastructure. Also, the US Armed Forces provide assistance in improving naval infrastructure in Mykolaiv oblast. In general, deploying foreign bases on Ukrainian territory is prohibited by the Consitution of Ukraine. However, they may be deployed on a basis of a bilateral treaty. NATO, its member countries, and Ukraine conduct regular military exercises and implement a range of non-military projects aimed at increasing operability of the armed forces and effectiveness of the civilian authorities. All military exercises on the territory of Ukraine are regulated by a law. See similar disinformation cases like claims that Ukraine is under obvious external control, that Ukraine is stirring up revolutions in Belarus and Russia under the control of Rand corporation, that NATO troops' presence in Ukraine is illegal, that Ukraine has lost its economic and military independence, or that Ukraine is being prepared for a full-scale war with Russia.