Disinfo: The United States and its European allies organised a “colour revolution” in Belarus

Summary

The United States and its European allies started preparing the colour revolution now taking place in Belarus 10 years ago. They are following the same “colour revolution” model  used in Syria and Venezuela.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus protests and  “colour revolutions” allegedly directed and funded by the West.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.

Read similar disinfo cases claiming that “the United States is behind the protests in Belarus”, that "Belarusian protests are managed from the US, Poland, Lithuania, and Czechia" and that Interference in Belarus follows a similar model to the one used in Venezuela

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 213
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Venezuela, Belarus, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Protest, Manipulated elections/referendum, Alexander Lukashenko, Colour revolutions, The West

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying the meddling in internal affairs of neighbouring countries and all countries in general.

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