Disinfo: The West is depriving the people of Belarus of their free will

Summary

There is no internet, yet there is a stream from Poland. Is this free expression, or does someone else rule all of this? The West is depriving the will of an entire people by staging a coup in Belarus. The West deprived people of their will in Ukraine and organised a coup there and now in Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus and the West. It is also a narrative about Euromaidan as an allegedly staged coup.

Protests in Belarus erupted after thousands of people took to the streets to contest the results of the presidential elections in Belarus, that are considered fraudulent by a large part of society.

The European Union has said that the elections were neither free nor fair, as the electoral process did not meet the international standards expected of an OSCE participating State."

One of the Telegram-channels that provide information about protests in Belarus, is run by Belarusians who live in Poland. One of the editors asked for political asylum there.

The other claim about the coup in Ukraine in 2014 by the West has no basis either. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

Read similar disinformation cases alleging that Russia has neutralised many Western attempts to topple the Belarusian government; the West pursues Maidan policy towards Belarus to encircle Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: West, Protest, Puppets, The West

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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NEXTA covering the Belarus protests is a project of the Polish special services

NEXTA is the most popular and currently promoted Telegram channel. The Polish project seems to be controlled by Polish special services. The telegram channel is used to coordinate the actions of the protesters. They indiscriminately put what can be perceived as the truth, and when they realise that it is a lie, they remove it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about colour revolutions and protests in Belarus after presidential elections in 2020.

NEXTA started as a regular Youtube channel, a musical project of Stepan Putilo, now known as Stepan NEXTA and Stepan Svetlov. He is from Belarus and studied in Poland, and several years before the presidential elections this channel was "about Belarusian realities, information about the life of officials and what they are trying to hide".

Ukrainian ex-president Leonid Kravchuk is looking for new ways to deceive Donbas

Ukrainian ex-president Leonid Kravchuk is looking for new ways to deceive Donbas. One of the key issues of the Minsk agreements, which Ukraine has not fulfilled for years, is the consolidation of the special status of the self-proclaimed Republics in the constitution of Ukraine. Instead, Kravchuk is discussing the organisation of the free economic zone and ideas to involve civil society in the negotiations. There is even a will to personally go to the rebellious Donetsk and Luhansk and speak directly with the local authorities there. However, behind all these ideas, one can clearly see Zelenskyy himself, his opponents, the upcoming elections, a desire to speak a lot, but not to sign anything.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and the Minsk Agreements.

Ukrainian ex-president Leonid Kravchuk, who is the new representative of Ukraine in the Tripartite Contact Group for the settlement of the situation in Donbas, is not trying to deceive Donbas. For example, he is proposing instead of the concept of "special status" of Donbas to use a new wording - "special regime of administrative management", which will comply with Ukrainian legislation.

USA is rehearsing Maidan in Russia with the Minsk riots

Now a rehearsal of a coup d’etat in Russia is taking place in Belarus.  In particular, members of the “Open Russia” organisation, which is funded by the US State Department, went to Minsk to get a real experience of the protests.

The most important thing for us is what we see in the model of Belarus, is what is prepared for Russia. It is no coincidence that representatives of an organisation called “Open Russia”, went to Belarus in a so-called exchange of experience, in order to transfer the practice of fighting with the forces of law and order and adapt them to the Russian realities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about protests in Belarus and West encircling Russia. The pro-Kremlin media frequently use disinformation narratives about popular protests around the world, presenting them as West-funded colour revolutions.

There is no evidence to suggest any US involvement in the protests in Belarus. The protests erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society.