The West is not about fairness or solidarity, its priority value is egoism

Summary

Fairness, mutual support, and solidarity are important values of the space that Belarus and Russia belong to. This is a notable difference from the West where individual egoism is at the top.

Disproof

This message is ungrounded generalisation containing a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's moral decay aimed at portraying Russia and the so-called Russian world as superior to the West in terms of values and morals. 'Threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

See earlier cases alleging that in contrast to Russia, western Europe is abandoning Christian roots and that unlike Russia, the West degrades traditional values and endangers societies.

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  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, The West, Belarus
  • Keywords: Western values, Russian superiority, Russian world
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus [5:40]
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A Union state between Belarus and Russia will prevent the countries’ colonisation by the US or Europe

A joint Belarusian-Russia state should have common interests, values, ideals and dreams of the all-Russian world. Then it would effectively withstand external attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, to discredit the common history and to implement neo-colonial policies. The establishment of a Belarusian-Russian Union with common values and traditions would secure a free and independent future and would prevent Belarus and Russia from becoming a devastated, humiliated colony of American or European projects.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with repetitive pro-Kremlin narratives about the Western’s anti-Belarus and anti-Russian activities, the West's attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, and about the West's neocolonial policies. It also contains the concept of an all-Russian world, a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians as well as their sovereignty.

The Treaty on the Creation of a Union State of Russia and Belarus was signed on 8 December 1999. Its intention was to achieve a supranational confederation between the two states. However, thus far, the countries have failed to institute common symbols or a Constitutional act of the Union State, hence Union State common bodies mostly remain on paper. Since late 2018, Russia began putting more pressure on Belarus to proceed with a deeper integration within the 1999 Treaty.

The UK embassy in Belarus promotes genocidal and self-destruction policies

The recent display of the LGBT flag on the UK Embassy’s building on the International Day Against Homophobia (May 17) is unmitigated gall by the Anglo-Saxon establishment. This is like spitting on the traditional values of Belarusians from the Embassy’s window. The UK Embassy demonstrates that it can do whatever it wants and behaves as if it is in an occupied land. If Belarus decided to protest about this action and to expel the British ambassador, the UK would switch off the SWIFT system, impose sanctions, bring immigrants to and stage mass disorders in Belarus, etc. Legislation of LGBT rights prevents children being born. Hence, the UK Embassy promotes genocide and imposes a policy of self-destruction on Belarusians.

Disproof

This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the moral decay of Europe, the propaganda of the morally corrupt West, and its aggressive actions towards Belarus and Belarusian society.

After the Belarusian Interior Ministry slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia in 2018, UK Ambassador Fionna Gibb posted a video saying that: "This embassy is once again flying the rainbow flag as we did in 2015, 2017 and 2018. We do so not to promote LGBT, but to promote equal rights for this community. LGBT people are not asking for special rights, but simply to enjoy the same respect, dignity and rights as others. As human rights are universal and should apply equally to all people, my government is committed to non-discrimination on any grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity."

Gay fascism has long been present in Europe and the US

Sodomy threatens national security and the survival of Belarusians. Gay fascism has long been the case in Europe and the US. A dictatorship of minority human rights aims at the destruction of traditional family values. This is a war against the family which prevents children from being born, i.e. a genocide of a rival nation. For Belarusians, to live so close to Europe and to remain normal is a real heroic act.

Disproof

This message attacks the LGBTI community in Belarus and contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the moral decay of Europe and the propaganda of the morally corrupt West. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West is degrading, that it exports perversity, brings sodomy to Belarus through Polish Catholic priests and promotes the concept of feminine men.

Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalised in Belarus in 1994. However, the systematic restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly and association in Belarus lead to discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, the May 2019 Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus says that Belarus legislation does not have any laws specifically protecting sexual minorities from discrimination. The report reads: "Article 64.9 of the Criminal Code foresees aggravating circumstances for crimes motivated by “hatred or hostility towards any social group”. However, the term “social group” is very vague and prosecutions taking into account the article in regard to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community are reported as rare."