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The West invested enormous sums of money into ideological sabotage in Belarus

Summary of Disinformation

The West invested big sums of money in ideological sabotage in Belarus. One example is a more wide-spread designation of Third Reich’s ideology as Nazism instead of Fascism in scientific publications, etc.  German revanchists prefer the term Nazism. Also, child prisoners and child slave workers of World War II were renamed Ostarbeiters which sounds similar to Gastarbeiters. This prevents former child prisoners from organising patriotic education for present-time Belarusian youth.

Disproof

This message is an ungrounded conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about West's attempts to destroy the historic conscience of the Belarusian society and to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations.

Between 1933 and 1945 Germany was controlled by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP), hence Nazism is indeed a more correct designation of the Third Reich's ideology, because Nazism had some features different from fascism. However in the Soviet Union the term German-Fascist invaders was commonly used instead of the Nazi Germany. Currently Belarusian historians use the latter term more often than before. No evidence are provided to support the claims that this development is a result of sophisticated sabotage by the West are unfounded.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West attacks the institution of family in Belarus and other Slavic countries, and that the West's primary interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian.

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Reported in: Issue 151
Date: 02.05.2019
Language: Belarus
Country: The West, Belarus
Keywords: Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vmeste s Rossiey
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