Disinfo: The US, Poland and Lithuania are organising a coup in Belarus, just as in Ukraine

Summary

Initially, the US wanted to tear Belarus away from Russia by making use of the Belarusian multi-vector foreign policy. Washington planned to turn Belarus into an anti-Russian country and then establish a puppet government through a Ukraine-like coup d'etat. By contrast, Poland and Lithuania decided to attack it fiercely and organise a coup d'etat from the beginning. Once the Belarusian authorities successfully cracked down on riots, the US changed tactics and followed the Polish path. At present, the US uses wide-scale sanctions to get ready for a coup d'etat in Belarus.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's anti-Russian actions and Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

There is no basis for the claims that the US, Poland or Lithuania are trying to organise a coup d'etat in Belarus. The pro-Kremlin media frequently use disinformation narratives about popular protests allegedly incited and run by the West, including, what they refer to as “colour revolutions” in post-Soviet states, the “Arab Spring”, Euromaidan in Ukraine, protests in Catalonia and the latest protests in Russia.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on 9 August 2020, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society.

The EU member states perceive the situation in Belarus in a unanimous way, appealing to the Belarusian authorities to stop violence, release political prisoners and organise democratic elections in Belarus. On 12 August 2020, the Parliaments of Poland and three Baltic States presented a joint statement protesting against political repressions taking place in Belarus and appealing to organise free and democratic elections in this country. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called Belarusian elections neither free nor fair.

See other examples of similar messages: Poland and Lithuania directly sponsor extremist actions against BelarusPoland and Lithuania send Belarusian opposition instructions on how to make explosives and CIA, and Pentagon prepares Belarusian protestors in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states.

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  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Coup, Protest, Anti-Russian, Conspiracy theory
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Disinfo: Lithuania lost the "liberal curtain" after repressing the protests at home

When Western countries face protests, they lose the "liberal curtain". For example, a meeting against restrictions directed at citizens who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus took place on 10 August in Vilnius. Police used tear gas against protesters. This shows how the smell of democracy disappears when Western countries need to manage situations inside the country and repress the protests at home.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania.

A rally against the Lithuanian government's COVID-19 measures took place on the 10 August 2021 in front of the Lithuanian Parliament. The protest began in the morning and should have ended at 17:00hrs. A few hundred protesters stayed near the parliament after the official end of the meeting. They blocked members of the parliament inside the building, refused to follow police instructions and attacked journalists. Police used special measures when all other means had been exchaused. 26 people were detained. Read more about the protest here. Information about riots after the meeting and the results of it can be found here.

Disinfo: Navalny keeps inciting demonstrations through his extremist organisation

A Russian investigative committee announced new charges against Alexey Navalny because he has founded an extremist organisation (FBK) and he has been inciting new demonstrations against the Russian government.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russian opposition activist and politician Alexei Navalny.

Alexei Navalny, in addition to founding the Russia of the Future party in 2018, is also the founder and leader of the "Anti-Corruption Foundation" (FBK), which has investigated embezzlement from the Russian state budget, uncovered the lives of Russian politicians and businessmen close to the government and different corruption practices. FBK's goal is to eliminate corruption. Their funding comes from donations and therefore the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation recognised FBK as a "foreign agent" due to the Russian "foreign agent" law because they receive donations from outside Russia. However, FBK does not agree with this claim and is appealing it in court.

Disinfo: Lithuania asks Europe for money for hybrid war with Minsk

Lithuania is asking money from Europe for hybrid warfare against Minsk. Brussels promised to help Lithuania manage the migrants' crisis. Interesting, that Europe will help Lithuania when Italy, Greece and Spain were left one by one with a similar problem.

It is the result of Lithuanian policy. All three decades after its independence, Lithuania built its domestic and foreign policy on anti-Russian grounds. It was also Lithuania's ticket to the EU and NATO. The West supporting Lithuanian Russophobia with money.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Russophobia in the Baltic States.

In July and August 2021, Lithuania has faced unprecedented migration crisis with sharp increase of arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania via the border with Belarus.