Disinfo: Ukraine and US are behind protests in Belarus

Summary

The US and its satellites stand behind the protests in Belarus. All this is played out directly by special forces. There are also various NGOs at work here: the Soros-Jugend and other puppet-masters. There is no doubt that all this is directed from Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about the Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. There is no evidence that the West is preparing a so-called colour revolution in Belarus.

On 3 June, Brussels, Washington and London issued a joint statement calling for free and fair elections in the country, emphasising “that no politically motivated restrictive measures should prevent potential candidates from fulfilling the registration procedure.”

“Media freedom and the right of peaceful assembly are essential to legitimate elections,” the diplomatic missions said the same week that a visa facilitation agreement entered into force between Belarus and the EU.

It should be noted that the recent presidential elections were considered neither free nor fair by the EU. In the past, the EU and US repeatedly introduced sanctions against Belarusian officials for mass violations of human rights and electoral standards, they have not attempted to stage a colour revolution in Belarus or any other country.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that the pro-Western Belarusian opposition prepares 'kill lists' and genocide, the US global “Anaconda” strategy is to limit the living space of geopolitical opponents, and that the West's objective is to encircle Russia entirely thanks to the "Anaconda ring" and "Great Turan" doctrines.

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  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Protest, Elections

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There is no independent media in the USA

One of the most popular is the myth of a free press of the West – and this despite the fact that a number of media outlets are directly funded by governments. This paradox is usually explained by the words “independent editorial policy”. The leaders of the leading American media were often people affiliated with the intelligence services.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western media, allegedly censorship in US media.

Freedom of the press in the United States is legally protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The West supports a bloody post-election Maidan scenario in Belarus

Enemies of Alexander Lukashenko want victims and blood, in order to launch a Maidan scenario supported by the West, mostly Poland. However, the main component for this scenario is missing, a split in society and in the ruling establishment. The whole protest potential is 10% of voters for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and 4,6% who voted against all candidates. The protest organisers do not care that there is neither a dictator in Belarus nor a popular uprising, they need specific media coverage and larger external pressure. This happened in various colour revolutions and their unsuccessful attempts, including against Russia. It is unfair to blame Lukashenka for not wanting the complete unification with Russia. His historical function was to preserve two Russias, a Big and White ones.

Disproof

This is a classic conspiracy and recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to plans to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations. It also promotes the Russian World concept discussing the so called Big and White Russias.

It should be noted that the recent presidential elections were considered neither free nor fair by the EU. In the past, the EU and US repeatedly introduced sanctions against Belarusian officials for mass violations of human rights and electoral standards, they have not attempted to stage a colour revolution in Belarus or any other country. In its statement of 11 August EU High Representative calls upon Belarus's authorities  "to initiate a genuine and inclusive dialogue with broader society to avoid further violence."

Belarusian radicals have training camps in Vitebsk and Mogilev regions

Vitebsk and Mogilev regions in Belarus are full of Belarusian radicals, activists of Belarusian national [popular] front. They have established training camps there  – this information is correct 100% – with the knowledge of secret services. It is the same as it happened with training camps of the Right Sector [in Ukraine]. […] What is happening in Vitebsk and Mogilev regions is very dangerous because groups, not unlike the Right Sector train there, and when necessary can join the protests.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, aiming to discredit popular protests in Belarus.

Belarusian popular front is the oldest opposition party in Belarus. There is no evidence available to claim that it has established training camps, more so with the help of Belarusian secret services.