Disinfo: The West has aggressive intentions against Russia and its allies just as in 1938


This year’s Munich Security conference brings to mind the Munich agreement of 1938, which allowed Nazi Germany to begin its large-scale aggression in Europe. As in 1938, when the West expected to facilitate Nazi Germany’s aggression against the USSR, many guests of today’s Munich Conference have aggressive intentions towards Russia. They are preparing the ground by spreading speculation about Russian aggression and interference in Western elections. The Munich Security Conference has little impact on security in Europe. The meeting between Putin and Lukashenko and the development of the Union State is of greater importance for peace in Europe and globally, than discussions at the Munich Conference.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia and its allies such as Belarus. See earlier cases about the West encircling Russia.



  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, Germany
  • Keywords: World War 2, West, Historical revisionism


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Putin’s talks with Lukashenka have caused a hysterical reaction of the West

The West was engaged in fierce information war before the meeting of Putin and Lukashenko. The West is involved in this war because it opposes unification of Belarus and Russia  – which is one of the most important geopolitical issues and will determine the fate of the world. It would mean another step towards restoration of borders of Great Russia (USSR).


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There was no hysteria in the West regarding the Putin - Lukashenka meeting, the West was not engaged in information war.

Crimea has been Russian since 1783 and this was confirmed by the 2014 referendum

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The Head of the Belarusian Language Society Alena Anisim is responsible for Novy Chas “Russophobe” publications about Chechnya

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The editorial board of the “Telescope” outlet has reported Alena Anisim to the Prosecutor General, the Minister of Information and the Minister of Internal Affairs, requesting a criminal investigation on the matter.


An unfounded claim on Ms. Anisim's responsibility for the articles in question.

Novy chas is one of the few independent Belarusian newspapers remaining relevant in a difficult situation with the mass-media in Belarus, where most of the independent media outlets are regularly oppressed. Over the last few years political activist and journalist Mikalai Dziadok published several articles on the Chechen military leaders who fought against Russia and for independence during Russian-Chechen wars in 1990s.