Disinfo: Tsikhanouskaya’s trip to Germany shows that Merkel is her handler (and Navalny’s)

Summary

Traitors to the homeland are called to come to Germany, all expenses included. Angela Merkel is a very hospitable woman: she hosted migrants from the Middle East and Africa, received Russian blogger Alexei Navalny and met Belarusian traitor Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich. Tsikhanouskaya openly says that Merkel is the reason for her to come to Germany. Nobody had any doubt about who was actually giving orders to Tsikhanouskaya , but showing her relationship with her handlers in such a direct way is revealing. The US sponsors Merkel’s tutoring of Russian and Belarusian traitors. It is a costume of the West to exaggerate things for its own goals and cover up for traitors from other countries. This year, Germany showed exactly this stance.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative against Belarusian opposition members Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Svetlana Aleksievich and Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, accusing them of being puppets of the West. Contrary to the claim, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya is not handled by German chancellor Angela Merkel nor by any foreign power but is the leader of a wide, grass-root Belarusian democratic movement, as is the case of Navalny in Russia. By attacking them, pro-Kremlin disinformation aims to discredit the whole opposition movement, both in Belarus and in Russia.

This story appeared in a context of Russia’s growing irritation with the reaction of Germany and the EU to the poisoning of Navalny and its rejection of Belarus’ fraudulent election, which led to sanctions against top Russian and Belarusian officials.

See other examples of these disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya is controlled by Lithuanian puppeteers; that the US is introducing extremists in the protests in Belarus; that the Navalny case is being used to foil the Nord Stream 2 pipeline; that Navalny’s poisoning is probably a self-promoting project; or that Angela Merkel resents Russia only because she didn’t receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Svetlana Alexievich, Protest, Alexei Navalny, US presence in Europe, Angela Merkel

Disclaimer

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing any popular protest as a colour revolution, and accusing the West of attempting to destabilise Kyrgyzstan. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that external forces are acting in Kyrgyzstan, and that those events are a test before a colour revolution in Russia; that the EU funds the protests in Kyrgyzstan in exchange for valuable minerals; or that the US is stirring up conflicts around Russia aiming to achieve destabilisation in the post-Soviet space.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based on several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russia being encircled and about colour revolutions, framing popular protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan as Western-backed destabilisation attempts. There is no evidence backing any of the claims.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that the escalation in the Caucasus is directed against Russia, because someone wants to divert Moscow’s attention from Belarus and Syria; that the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is a cover-up operation, as was the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; that Ukraine is sending weapons and nationalist fighters to this war theatre; that the US embassy in Armenia is a mini-Pentagon escalating tension in the region and the Middle East; or that the US is encircling Russia with biological labs for a future attack and is ready to carry out a false flag operation in Alaska to blame Russia.

Without pressure and influence from outside, the protests would never have happened in Belarus

Without pressure and influence from outside, the protests would never have happened in Belarus.

The internal situation was difficult and brought about by external forces. Without pressure and influence from outside, this would have never happened in Belarus. Belarusians have survived many things. But in the past the pressure was minimal. And this time Western countries fell on Belarus head over heels. But the Belarusians are smart enough to get this thing under control.

Belarus’ Western partners have been “too active” and have gone too far with this country.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed colour revolutions, part of a campaign to portray massive mobilisations in Belarus as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad.

There is no evidence that Western governments are involved in the protests in Belarus. Contrary to the claim, protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called Belarus's elections neither free nor fair. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actors, opposition politicians and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.