DISINFO: The West destroyed the USSR and is currently targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia
  • Outlet: ross-bel.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 16, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • Countries / regions discussed: USSR, UK, US, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
Union State of Belarus and Russia West Imperialism/colonialism Anti-Russian Encircling Russia Destabilising Russia Colour revolutions Ukrainian statehood Russophobia Nazi/Fascist

DISINFO: The West destroyed the USSR and is currently targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia


The US destroyed the USSR through systematic indirect measures including blackmail, threats, mass protest actions and covert diplomacy. After the break-up of the USSR, the West’s key concern became to preserve the post-Soviet space in a disintegrated form. The Western capitals are very unhappy with the Union State between Belarus and Russia, which is the core of the reintegration process of the post-Soviet space. The West, especially Washington and London, is extremely concerned about the creation of Great Russia (that is, the Russian Federation) and Belarus in the form of the Union State. It could become an example for the Little Russian (Ukrainian) people, tired of Russophobia and ‘banderovshchina’ [fascism,] and would put an end to the West’s collective intentions to rule Northern Eurasia. The main goal of the anti-Russian Western strategists of hybrid war in Ukraine and Belarus is to distort the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians, to take away their Russian basis and replace it with Russophobia. Struck by the pathology of Russophobia, the Russian (Eastern) Slavs in Ukraine and Belarus slide into national betrayal and become Janissaries of the collective West. The West’s goal is very clear: to destroy the Union state, to tear Belarus away from Russia and to turn Belarus into an anti-Russian buffer consisting of pro-Western semi-colonial states. They already include the Baltic countries, Ukraine, and Georgia.


This is a conspiracy which is consistent with a number of recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about the aggressive West, its attempts to encircle Russia and organise colour revolutions in the post-Soviet space, about the West's activities to disrupt Belarus-Russia ties, about Russophobia and Nazis/Fascists in Ukraine. The term 'Little Russia' is derogatory and derives from imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians and undermining Ukraine's sovereignty. See earlier disinformation claims alleging that Belarusians and Russians are one people, that the West wants to turn Belarus into anti-Russian outpost, and that Ukraine will either be part of Russian civilisation, or a decaying anti-Russia emanating terrorist threats.


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