Disinfo: The West is conducting a hybrid war aimed at undermining Russia's role and influence in Eurasia

Summary

CIS countries are experiencing a wave of Russophobia. Inter-ethnic tensions sometimes take on catastrophic proportions, leading to clashes, pogroms, and large-scale war. The sphere of inter-ethnic relations is the most convenient method for destabilising a society. The image of a great anti-Russian pogrom in Central Asia is emerging.

The West is conducting a hybrid war aimed at undermining Russia's role and influence in Eurasia by promoting the escalation of inter-ethnic tensions and Russophobia.

This scenario has already taken place in Ukraine, the Baltic states, and Moldova.

Disproof

This article repeats a narrative, increasingly spread by pro-Kremlin outlets, claiming that the West is waging a hybrid war against Russia. This narrative fits into the broader disinformation theme about the West’s allegedly belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia, and about its alleged plans to destabilise and encircle Russia.

The article’s message is also consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia, as well as the narrative claiming that the West promotes violent colour revolutions to bring about regime change in post-Soviet countries and around the world.

There is no factual evidence to support the article’s claim that the West is conducting a hybrid war to undermine Russian influence in post-Soviet states by stoking inter-ethnic conflicts (including pogroms and ethnic wars) and “Russophobia”.

As has been pointed out by analysts, the term “Russophobia” is a Kremlin propaganda tool that identifies alleged enemies of Russia and actors who are responsible for intolerance and persecution of ethnic Russians. Pro-Kremlin propagandists often claim that Russophobia is the equivalent of anti-Semitism. The “fight against Russophobia” has been used to strengthen the internal stability of the Russian authoritarian regime, to implement various foreign policy objectives, as well as to discredit NATO and EU enlargement.

Read similar cases claiming that West increases pressure on CIS countries to break old ties, that the West caused the Ukraine coup, Belarus colour revolution and that Ukrainian authorities constantly oppress and infringe Russian-speaking people.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Baltic states
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Hybrid war, Russophobia, CIS, Anti-Russian, Central Asia
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Disproof

A recurring narrative about alleged Western information war against Russia and Belarus.

The claim that Washington or Brussels want to affect or change the consciousness of inhabitants of Russia or Belarus is not supported by evidence.

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The newspaper claimed that Josep Lluís Alay, a senior advisor to the former Catalan President, met with Russian businessman Alexander Dmitrenko, foreign intelligence officials and Oleg Syromolotov, who is responsible for combating terrorism and serves as Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister. Syromolotov had never met Josep Lluís Alay in Moscow and outside Russia, and had no contacts with him, either in the past or the present.

Disproof

Recurrent self-victimisation technique to deny a piece of embarrassing news and qualify it as Russophobia or planned provocation.

The article from the New York Times is based on a report from European intelligence that synthesises a long investigation that included the interception of conversation between pro-independence figures in Catalonia. The leak from the Spanish police was also consulted by other media organisations like OCCRP or El Pais.

Disinfo: G20 countries recognised Sputnik V as the best drug for coronavirus prevention

G20 countries recognised Sputnik V as the best drug for coronavirus prevention. During their interventions at a G20 meeting, health ministers were saying that Sputnik V was the best vaccine against COVID-19.

Disproof

The statement is unfounded, part of a years-long campaign by pro-Kremlin outlets and officials to promote the Sputnik V vaccine internationally.

The claim was, unsurprisingly, made by Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko during the 4th Forum of Social Innovations of the Regions, a domestic event in Moscow, but there is no G20-evidence to back it. There is no official statement by G20 health ministers addressing this question. Significantly, Murashko’s official comments immediately after the meeting didn’t pick such remarkable affirmations, focusing only on calling G20 member countries to recognise each other’s vaccines.