Disinfo: The US wants to convert Belarus into a zone of instability and make it an anti-Russian puppet

Summary

The US’s interest is to bring a loyalist puppet government in Belarus to power or at least create a zone of instability in Belarus. The goal is to add Belarus to the anti-Russian cordon sanitaire, which also includes Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine. A network of NGOs in Ukraine will grow in order to influence Belarus’s information space. Ukraine’s anti-Belarusian actions will be activated if Washington wishes so. One cannot rule out that Ukrainian special services will intensify their activities in Belarus.

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This article promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about West's actions aimed to encircle Russia and to organise a colour revolution in Belarus, as well as about Ukraine as a Western puppet.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced Ukraine's readiness to line up with the EU sanctions on Belarus. However, there is no evidence that Kyiv was forced by the West to do so, just as the claims about a US-driven colour revolution are groundless. There is no evidence that the US, Lithuania, Poland, or Ukraine somehow staged massive unprecedented protests in Belarus. They 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 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.

By late November 2020, over 30,000 people have been detained in Belarus since the election, and over 140 of them were declared political prisoners. 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.

In early October 2020, the EU imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals 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. The Council added 15 members of the Belarusian authorities, including Alexandr Lukashenko, as well as his son and National Security Adviser Viktor Lukashenko, to the list of sanctions, on 6 November 2020.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that protests in former Soviet countries are part of an anti-Russian plan, 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, that the Belarusian protests are managed from Ukraine and NATO countries, and that the West wants to make Belarus Russophobic in order to encircle Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Destabilising Russia, Puppets, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy theory
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and the war in Donbas.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, lost sovereignty, and undermining Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is an independent country. Its sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost all countries. Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU and a strategic partner for the US. Western partners support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

Disinfo: The State Treasury Service of Ukraine only has enough money left for 10 days, Ukraine will collapse

The Treasury only has enough money left for 10 days. And a hungry person with weapons to hand, and with moral corrosion and moral decline, is dangerous.

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A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine, portraying it as a failed state.

There is no reason to believe that the State Treasury Service of Ukraine only has enough money left for 10 days. The official authorities did not make such statements. According to the State Treasury Service of Ukraine, the Treasury had more than 15 billion hryvnias available in early November. This is more than at other times in 2020 and 2019; for example, the account had about 10 billion in April 2020 and nearly 8 billion in March 2019.