Disinfo: The Pratasevich incident could have been a provocation of the British special services


Someone else deliberately carried out this operation (MI6, SBU, or Polish special services). The British version is more likely. Because the company is British, although it is located in the tax jurisdiction of Ireland. It is also rather difficult to understand why the pilot (Lithuanian by nationality) chose the more distant Minsk and not Vilnius.

These are all British games. It was them who prepared the message (Lukashenka says it came from Switzerland), sent the plane to Minsk, and the Belarusians had no choice but to arrest Raman [Pratasevich]. All this created a lot of noise all over the world. Moreover, pay attention that the plane had just landed, and the British Foreign Minister had already demanded that Nord Stream 2 be stopped.

If this version is correct, then Lukashenka is a victim, not the initiator of this whole story.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the forced diversion of Ryanair flight 4978 from Athens to Vilnius and detainment of Belarusian journalist Roman Pratasevich in Minsk airport when flying from Athens to Vilnius.

There is no evidence is presented to support the claim which appears to be a part of a larger campaign to confuse the public with a smoke screens of conspiracies and alternative speculations.

On Sunday, May 23, 2021, the Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania was forced by Belarusian authorities to turn back before crossing the Lithuanian border and land in the Belarusian capital. The plane was forced to land in the Belarusian capital by a Belarusian military aircraft MiG-29. The pretext for landing in Minsk was a false report about the bomb on board. At the moment when the plane changed its course, it was closer to Vilnius airport than to Minsk.

Belarusian dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich was detained during a repeated security check of passengers. Belarusian authorities are persecuting him due to activities in reporting on the 2020 presidential election on his NEXTA Telegram channel used by the country's opposition. The Belarusian security service, KGB, has listed him as a terrorist (Read more about Pratasevich here). Sofia Sapega, his girlfriend, and a citizen of the Russian Federation was detained at the same time.

The EU condemned Belarusian actions against a civil airplane and the detention of Pratasevich. In a declaration on behalf of the EU on the forced diversion of Ryanair flight FR4978 to Minsk on 23 May 2021, the High Representative called for the immediate release of Mr. Pratasevich. This was followed by a European Council statement, in which the EU leaders called for targeted individual and economic sanctions as well as to ban overflight of EU airspace by Belarusian airlines and prevent access to EU airports of flights operated by these.

The incident is investigated as an act of terrorism by Lithuanian authorities.

See similar cases: Security Service of Ukraine could have set up the detainment of Pratasevich to harm Belarus; Minsk forced Ryanair flight to land in full accordance with international law; Pratasevich could tell how the West supported and coordinated protests in Belarus; Belarus defended Europe against a terrorist attack, allowing the Ryanair plane to land in Minsk; Forcing down aircraft is common practice among special forces and Belarus acted strict in accordance with international law in the Ryanair incident.


  • Reported in: Issue 246
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus, UK
  • Keywords: Ryanair Flight 4978, Raman Pratasevich
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Disinfo: White Americans may be deprived of their legal and constitutional rights, even their lives

White Americans could be deprived not only of their legal and constitutional rights, but also of their lives. Civil war is the only way to prevent America's traitors, who deprive white citizens of their constitutional rights, from overthrowing the United States.


This article contains recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the alleged victimisation of white Americans, about the current US government's alleged hostility towards the white American population, and about an imminent new American civil war and disintegration of the United States. These disinformation narratives have been frequently spread by pro-Kremlin outlets since the US racial justice protests erupted in May-June of 2020.

Strengthening societal divisions in the US and in other Western nations is a key goal of pro-Kremlin disinformation and, according to an in-depth analysis by European Parliament, pro-Kremlin actors used racial issues to stoke tensions in the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 mid-term elections .

Disinfo: Moldova's authorities and their external partners are preparing massive fraud in early elections

Moldova's authorities and their external partners abroad are preparing massive fraud in early [parliamentary] elections.

In recent days, we have witnessed the unprecedented activity of the authorities and representatives of the West regarding the massive participation of the diaspora in early parliamentary elections. Under pressure from the West, the Moldovan authorities are going to open even more polling stations abroad, but who will control the voting process?


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about elections and Moldova.

The aim of this narrative is to discredit Moldova's pro-European parties as well as the country's Western partners. See here a similar case saying that the West interfered in Moldova to help Maia Sandu win the presidential elections and here a case claiming that Maia Sandu won thanks to election fraud, which was a success of the "collective West".

Disinfo: The West is interfering in the Syrian elections by not recognising them

The US is interfering in the Syrian elections. Without waiting for election day, the US and its European allies affirmed that the election won’t be free nor fair. In a joint declaration, the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US called the international community to reject what they labelled as an “attempt of the Al Assad regime to regain legitimacy without ending its serious human rights violations”. If that is not interference, then what is interference?

What we are observing here is Western ‘democracy’ in action. To understand what they want for Syria, it is enough to look at what they did in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and many other countries. They call themselves defenders of rights and freedoms while they kill people all over the world. They funded and continue funding terrorism in countries like Syria. It is proven that extremists have the support of the US and its Western allies.


This disinformation narrative appeared around the presidential election in Syria on 26 May 2021.

Presidential elections in Syria were announced on 18 April and held on 26 May. On 3 May, the Constitutional Court announced that it had accepted only three candidates (including Bashar al-Assad) and rejected 48 candidacies for “failing to meet constitutional and legal requirements”.