Disinfo: The US gave 20 million USD to organise the riots in Belarus

Summary

The US have invested 20 million USD in the anti-government protests in Belarus. [The sum] was invested in Belarus as early as 2019 to prepare the protests before the elections in 2020.

 

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral frau in the country as a Western-led colour revolution, in this case bank-rolled directly by the US.

There is no evidence that the protests in Belarus are funded and organised by the US or that any Western country was trying to destabilise the situation or create a coup in Belarus.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential elections in Belarus that took place on the 9 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. The European Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as 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.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest, Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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