Disinfo: Angela Merkel resents Russia because she did not receive the Nobel prize


All this clownery with the alleged poisoning of Navalny de facto shows that there is almost no difference between the positions of the German and American establishment, if we talk about their attitude to Russia. The reason for Angela Merkel’s resentment could be the fact that she never managed to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her success in negotiating the Minsk agreements regarding the war in Donbass. There is a strong parallel between the events in Belarus and the Ukrainian experience. It is she who makes the European Union torn between two decisions. On the one hand, the EU considers the Ukrainian experience of the Maidan negative and does not seem to want to repeat it on the streets of Minsk. On the other hand, the European Union has ideological guidelines that cannot be ignored. Their essence is that the “bad dictator” should be condemned, and the “democratic protesters” should be supported. The fact that such an undertaking will not lead to anything good, and there is no practical benefit in this case, does not stop the European Union. Only ideology matters and not thinking whether it will be beneficial or not. Europe must support democracy. Period. It is useless to look for a rational component in such actions of Germany.


There is no clownery in the “alleged” poisoning of Alexei Navalny. He fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Later he was transferred to Berlin’s Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms. Claiming that Angela Merkel’s personal grudge is behind Germany’s stance towards Russia shows the latter as an innocent victim of Western Russophobia. This approach ignores conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine. However, it should be noted that the conflict in eastern Ukraine is a well-documented case of Russian armed aggression. The international community, including the European Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. As for the EU being torn, it should be noted that on 2 October 2020, the European Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. Restrictive measures include a travel ban and an asset freeze. The claim that the “EU does not want to repeat Maidan in Minsk” denigrades Ukrainian people and their protest against the decision of President Viktor Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union. The protesters' demands also included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence. By adding quotation marks around the words bad dictator and questioning condemning of a president who has been in the office for the last 26 years ignores the facts on the ground. Protests in Minsk started after latest presidential elections which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair. There is no evidence that the protests in Belarus are funded and organised externally (nor was this the case in Ukraine) or are directed against Russia or the Russian speaking population in Belarus. The objectives of the protests are set forth by the Coordination Council of Belarus opposition. They include: an end to political persecution of citizens, the release of all political prisoners, the annulment of the 9 August presidential election results, the need to hold new elections based on international standards. Thus, by claiming that there will be no practical benefit from condemning illegitimate politicians the disinformation narrative tries to prove the benefits of an undemocratic pro-Kremlin worldview.  


  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Belarus, Germany
  • Keywords: Democracy, Alexei Navalny, European Union, Alexander Lukashenko, Angela Merkel


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Poland and Lithuania directly sponsor open extremist actions against Belarus

Instead of normal dialogue and respect, Belarus faces insolent attempts from Poland and Lithuania to push their interests – these countries clearly interfere in the domestic affairs of Belarus, ignoring its sovereign rights and directly sponsoring open extremist challenges and actions [against Belarus].


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations. The claims that Poland and Lithuania are trying to “organise a colour revolution in Belarus” or they “openly support extremist actions against Belarus” is a conspiracy theory. Lithuania and Poland are neighbours of Belarus and continue to support the Belarusian people. On August 14, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented the so-called “Solidarity Plan”, which is aimed at supporting Belarusian society, which faces harsh repressions from the side of the Belarusian authorities. This Plan has five components – support for people facing political repressions; a scholarship programme; better access to the Polish labour market; support to independent media; support to Belarusian NGOs. These steps have no connection to the alleged “active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus”. The same can be said of the European Union, who has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair and on 2 October 2020, imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country. See other examples of similar messages: The West supports a bloody post-election Maidan scenario in Belarus; The West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus and Poland presented a plan of active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus.

Facebook has hired Ukrainian Right Sector supporters as chief censors for its Russian language segment

There is full-scale political and ideological censorship there (in the EU). For its Russian language segment, Facebook has hired Ukrainian Right Sector supporters as chief censors. No wonder Nazi texts stay (online) but posts about the Holocaust get censored. Very much like the OPCW statement which speaks of an unknown substance but attributes it to Russia and claims [Navalny] was poisoned in Russia.

A mixture of false claims presented without any evidence. Facebook has not hired "Ukrainian Right Sector supporters". In certain countries and regions, Facebook works with third-party fact-checkers who are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network to help identify and review false information. For example, in Ukraine, StopFake and VoxCheck help Facebook to identify fake news. So far, Facebook said that, based on the work of independent fact-checking organisations, it has labelled 40 million Facebook posts with warnings that the content may be false. For background of legitimate criticism towards fact-checkers, see for example here. Read a similar case: "Disinfo: Facebook uses Ukrainian Nazis to fight Russian presence". According to the Data of press freedom ranking 2020 most of the EU countries have the best press freedom index score.

The Polish Presidential elections were totally falsified

Poland states that Belarus had “unjust elections”, which ended with 80% [support for Lukashenka]. In Poland, Andrzej Duda won the elections with 50.5%. At the present moment, everyone states that it was a total falsification.


An unfounded claim about Poland and the recent Presidential elections. According to the statement of the OSCE observation mission to Poland, the 2020 Presidential elections in this country were “competitive and well-organised”. The Parliamentary Assembly’s election assessment mission also did not doubt in the free and democratic character of the Polish elections. The results of all Polish elections are internationally recognised and there is no evidence of any substantial violations of the principles of free and democratic elections in Poland. At the same time, there is no doubt that the recent Presidential elections in Belarus were not free and the results were substantially manipulated – this position is shared by the EU , OSCE, and the USA. Moreover, the OSCE's observers have had major concerns about all Belarusian elections since 1996, which are not considered as free and democratic. See other disinformation messages about pro-Kremlin accusations against Poland - Poland is not a sovereign state, Polish governments continue to serve the American Empire and Poland is losing its independence.