Disinfo: Ukrainian and Belarusian national clothes as tools of destruction of the Russian state


Belarusians, Ukrainians and Russians are part of the Russian people. The differences between Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian vyshivankas (national embroidered clothes) are exaggerated. The focus on insignificant differences and politicization of this issue inevitably result in the rise of Nationalism, followed by Nazism. Ukrainian and — lately— Belarusian national clothes are anti-Russian tools. Their popularization aims to destroy statehoods, including the Russian statehood. Anyone who attempts to politicize the issue of vyshivanka should be criminally persecuted for assault on constitutional order.

Only one scenario will prevent Ukraine and Belarus from sliding into Nazism through the politicisation of national clothes: if the two countries become a Russian western federal area without a right for self-determination.


The allegation that popularization of national clothes in Ukraine and Belarus targets Russia's statehood is ungrounded conspiracy. This message contains Russian irredentist ideology of All-Russian nation and is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Ukraine and Nazism, and West's attempts to destabilize Belarus and to push it to follow the 'Ukraine's path'.

The All-Russian nation is an Imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology which at present-time is one pro-Kremlin narratives aimed at weakening national identity of Belarusian and Ukrainians and these countries' sovereignty. Ukraine and Belarus are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.

Other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets' attempts to question the Ukrainian and Belarusian nations can be seen herehere and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: West, Anti-Russian, Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: IA REX, Oko Planet
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Washington is clearly responsible for the war in Donbas

An escalation of violence and a revolt of which we know nothing or almost nothing in the West. 13 thousand deaths that are unknown because the cause seems heard. Not recognized by the international community and because it is pro-Russian self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk would have no word to say.
Who is responsible for these wars? Who continues to pour oil on the fire? Who wants to oppose the European peoples? It’s clearly Washington. Yugoslavia was destroyed because it did not correspond to the geopolitical strategy of Washington, the Atlantists, the neoconservatives, the hawks.. It’s the same situation in Ukraine. Who financed, who paid the Maidan? Who paid Ukrainian extremists to make them physically, violently bring down the democratically elected president of Ukraine? Yanukovich was ousted by Washington because Washington does not want Ukraine to remain in the Russian world at all.


No evidence given. Recurrent conspiracy narrative that there are no naturally grown, grass roots movement in Ukraine and other countries, and the protests are driven only "by Washington". In the case of Ukraine, the 2013 Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the previous debunk here.

Overwhelming evidence confirms that Russia participates in the conflict with Ukraine sending mercenaries to Donbas. This is happening amid the absence of full Russia-Ukraine demarcation. Last time the demarcation was postponed in 2010. Russian ministry of foreign affairs does not recognize the unilateral demarcation declared by Ukraine after 2014.

After a coup Kiyv imposed siege on the people of Donbas

Five years ago, after a coup, Kiyv sent its army to Donbas to impose a siege affecting around 4 million people – all because people of Donbas wanted to defend their right to speak their own language.

The people were deprived of food, medicine and other products. Russian passports are salvation and a humanitarian response.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Euromaidan and war in East Ukraine.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the previous debunk here.

Unlike Russia, the West degrades traditional values and endangers societies

Western media describe Russia is a danger to Western “liberal democracy”. But the West puts all efforts in degrading and discrediting traditional values, the deliberate rejection of these values and the transition to fictional, unstable and malignant structures, pseudo-values, which endanger society. The Russian system of values, although different from the Western one, is something that should be sought. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the right-wing parties in the West want to cooperate with Russia.



Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at portraying the West as depraved, an immoral actor fighting against traditional values and endangering societies. The idea of Moscow being the protector of traditional values is not new and is part of the notion of Moscow being the Third Rome.

'Threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.