Disinfo: The real international community congratulated Lukashenka with electoral victory

Summary

The Belarusian elections were not recognised by the so-called “world community” – more precisely, the United States and its satellites. As for the real world community, Russia, China, Turkey, and the CIS countries recognised Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s victory. When the rebellion and attempted coup actually failed, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and others fled abroad to their masters who inspired the Belarusian protests.

We have witnessed attempts to implement the Ukrainian scenario in Belarus. The street actions, Western puppeteers, and the Belarusian opposition attempted to pressurise Lukashenka for concessions. The major Lukashenka’s mistake was to trample on issues of further strengthening the Union State and integration with Russia. Moreover, it is the alliance with Russia that today is the only guarantee that pro-Western rebellions will not succeed. The need to deploy a full-fledged Russian military base in Belarus also suggests itself – both to protect against NATO encroachments and to guarantee the security of Belarus in the next attempt to seize power.

Disproof

This publication promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western-led coup attempt in Belarus, non-sovereign Western countries, and the Belarusian opposition as Western puppets. It tends to discredit Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya by misinterpreting the reasons behind her departure from Belarus which was due to her being threatened by the Belarusian security forces. The publication absurdly calls Russia, China, Turkey, and the CIS countries "the real world community," implicitly marking all other countries as US's satellites.

The article falsely suggests that the close alliance with Russia will protect Belarus from Western encroachments, thereby offering a false dilemma about Belarus's political future. The NATO and Western countries do not pose a threat to Belarus or organise rebellions as alleged. They did not increase their military presence near the Belarusian borders following the elections. On 16 August, NATO dismissed allegations that it was conducting a military buildup near the country’s western border.

Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against election fraud and police violence towards thousands of rally participants. According to human rights advocates, over 30,000 people have been detained in Belarus since the election, and almost 200 were declared political prisoners as of mid-January 2021. 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.

According to statistical data and independent observers, the official result of the presidential election was itself heavily doctored. A joint monitoring effort by three NGOs demonstrates the scale of falsification based on election protocols from 1,310 polling stations across Belarus and concludes that the announced result (80% of votes cast for Lukashenka) is mathematically "impossible" (p. 7). An analysis by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper shows that excluding "anomalous" voting districts from the official tally would see Lukashenka's percentage drop to 43%, and Tsikhanouskaya's surge to 45%, in which case a second round would have to be called.

The EU does not recognise results of the Belarus elections, condemning them as neither free nor fair. Since October 2020, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Belarus in response to the fraudulent nature of the August 2020 presidential elections in Belarus, and the intimidation and violent repression of peaceful protesters, opposition members and journalists. A total of 88 individuals and 7 entities are designated under the sanctions regime on Belarus as of January 2021.

See earlier disinformation cases claiming that imperialistic Poland and Lithuania are the springboards for Belarusian Maidan, that CIA and Pentagon prepare Belarusian protestors in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states, and that the West destabilises Belarus to destroy Russian civilisation, an alternative route of human development.

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Belarus, Russia
  • Keywords: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Union State of Belarus and Russia, Manipulated elections/referendum, Puppets, Alexander Lukashenko, Conspiracy theory, NATO
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Lithuania constantly interferes in the affairs of Belarus

Lithuania constantly interferes into the affairs of Belarus, supporting the opposition and calling for new elections in the neighbouring country. Lithuanian politicians think that the results of the presidential elections in Belarus were “falsified”. The Baltic countries implement personal sanctions against some Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko.

Moscow has urged Lithuania many times not to destabilise the situation in the neighbouring country and allow people in Belarus to take matters in their own hands.

The Belarusian authorities have said many times that protests in the country are coordinated from abroad. Lukashenko accuses Western countries of direct interference in the situation in the republic. The US is the main coordinator and Europeans are supporters of the riots in Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania and alleged Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

Lithuania is a neighbour of Belarus and it continues to support the Belarusian people. This support has included the possibility for Belarusians to arrive in Lithuania under the so-called humanitarian exception, the possibility for students from Belarus to begin studies in Lithuania etc.

NATO and the US organise constant provocations near Russian borders

NATO’s Secretary General is trying to substantiate NATO’s actions in the region with fabricated pretexts. Recently, the number of aggressive actions by the alliance near the Russian border has significantly increased. It is obvious that NATO’s actions are creating tension in the region. For example, military exercises in Romania and Georgia, or a strong desire to establish a base in Georgia. as well as the constant provocations organised by NATO and the United States.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO belligerence towards Russia and on Russophobia.

Every nation has the right to conduct military exercises, but it is important that they are conducted transparently and in line with international obligations.

Elections in Venezuela were free and fair

The United States and the European Union have once again rushed to denounce the legitimacy of the electoral process several weeks before the polls opened. These allegations could, of course, be very easily confirmed or refuted by sending international observers. But once again, the most powerful countries in the West rejected Maduro’s request to send independent experts. In particular, Brussels set a condition for the delay of the election process, which would be in violation of the Venezuelan constitution which stipulates that elections must be held by the end of the year in order to replace the members of the National Assembly.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin media report in support of Venezuela and of the authoritarian Maduro regime. It also aims to discredit international and European criticism to the electoral process and accuse the West and more specifically, the EU, of interference in the country's domestic affairs.

The EU warned the Venezuelan authorities early on about the need to create proper conditions for fair and free elections to be held. The HR/VP of the European Commission Josep Borrell had tried to achieve a consensus between the Maduro regime and the opposition led by Juan Guaido on minimum requirements for elections to be held. These efforts took place as early as last September.