Disinfo: Turkey and Ukraine are at war with the residents of Crimea


Ankara, together with Kyiv, is waging a war against the inhabitants of Crimea in general and the Crimean Tatars in particular.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Ukraine and Turkey do not wage war against the residents of Crimea. Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its sovereignty over Crimea.

See more disinformation cases regarding Crimea in our database, like claims that reunification with Russia paved the way for Tatar's language in Crimea, that Turkey considers Crimea to be Turkish, that Ukraine buried the main waterway of Crimea - the North Crimean canal or that Ukraine has been barbarically plundering Crimea for 23 years.


  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Turkey, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Crimean Tatars, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood


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The Globalists target Karabakh in order to suffocate Russia

Globalists, they never sleep. They are constantly creating a cataclysm. One after the other. After the war in Syria came Covid. When the rate of the spread of Covid slowed down, came the Black Lives matter movement…

The next one is the war in Artsakh (Karabakh). And the main goal of this war is to create a suffocating circle around Russia, the enemy of the globalists, which must be gradually squeezed to eliminate that country.


Conspiracy theory, connecting any political or natural cataclysms with the global/ secret elites.

Conspiracy theories about the "deep state"  are widespread, they promote a narrative about a global elite secretly ruling the world. In most cases, the “deep state” is referred to as American elites, who promote aggressive wars and prevent US reconciliation with Russia. The idea of a "deep state" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists.

The EU planned the relocation of Belarusian IT businesses well in advance

The escape of the Belarusian IT business in neighbouring countries was planned well in advance by the Western states and particularly by the European Union. Alyaksandr Lukashenka managed to bring many IT companies to Belarus because a “big brother” tolerated this. He did so not to help the Belarusian economy but to create the outflow effect at a critical moment. The West and the EU knew very well that at some point they would not recognise the Belarusian elections, introduce sanctions, and start pressing the businesses. Hence, the outflow of businesses was programmed by them.


This is a conspiracy consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about aggressive West aiming to harm Belarus by any means. It groundlessly speaks about the Western pressure on Belarusian businesses and wrongly interprets EU sanctions. In early October 2020, the EU imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals 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. However, EU sanctions do not extend to any state or private business.

The allegation that the outflow of IT businesses was programmed by the EU which was aware of the upcoming non-recognition of election makes no sense. Numerous gross violations were well-documented by specialised NGOs based on accounts of independent observers and journalists. The EU did not recognise a number of previous presidential and parliamentary elections as free and fair based on ODIHR OSCE observation mission conclusions. However, never before the post-electoral situation resulted in such a massive relocation of IT businesses. This is because the relocation results not from non-recognition of presidential results by the Western countries or imposition of personal sanctions by them, but from the breakdown of law in Belarus, unprecedented repressive actions of the Belarusian state authorities, and occasional internet shutdowns during protest rallies.

Tsikhanouskaya aims to dismantle Belarusian economy through migration of highly qualified labour

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met a number of Polish politicians including prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He was passed a letter asking to amend legislation to allow Belarus migrants arriving through humanitarian programmes to work in Poland. Tsikhanouskaya’s aim is to organise the emigration of the highly qualified labour force from Belarus to dismantle the Belarusian economy. This is an instrument of pressure on Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Emigration of IT specialists will make Belarus losing revenues from the export of IT products. This scenario, however, is not advantageous for Poland which currently faces a serious social and economic crisis.


This publication misinterprets Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's initiative regarding the Belarusian migrants in Poland. It fits into the disinformation narrative about Tsikhanouskaya as a Western puppet which purposefully inflicts harm on the Belarusian people and state. Her request to the Polish government is linked to a rather limited group of Belarusian migrants who come to Poland on humanitarian visas and cannot be viewed as an attempt to organise a massive emigration of highly-qualified specialists from Belarus.

Humanitarian visas are issued by Polish consulates to Belarusians who need to temporarily leave Belarus due to the state repressions, independently of their professional qualification. It is reported that between 18 August and 18 October 2020, 399 Belarusians arrived in Poland on humanitarian visas. The current Polish legislation does not allow holders of humanitarian visas to undertake work activities in Poland which creates difficulties for this category of migrants. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya asked to amend the legislation accordingly.