US assists Yekaterinburg protesters who copy Maidan rhetorics

Summary

American methods are clearly behind the protests against the construction of church in Yekaterinburg. It is a “strange coincidence” that the largest US consulate in the Russian Federation is in Yekaterinburg. And it is exactly in this city where Western programmes are the most active in the universities.

The rhetoric of the protesters is an exact copy from Ukrainian Maidan, and “revolutions” in other countries.

[…]  Without the US assistance the protests would fade away on their own if the state authorities did not attempt to start an unnecessary dialogue.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with a pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's attempts to stage a colour revolution in Russia or to harm the country by other means. No proof that the US has provided assistance to the Yekaterinburg protesters.

The protests by Yekaterinburg residents against plans to build a cathedral to replace a city square started on 13 May. A key argument of those who oppose the construction project is an insufficient number of parks in the city. For more information about protests in Yekaterinburg, see here and here.

See earlier disinformation cases claiming that Western funding and business interests are behind protests in Yekaterinburg.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Protest, Orthodox Church, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus, Rueconomics
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The West is not about fairness or solidarity, its priority value is egoism

Fairness, mutual support, and solidarity are important values of the space that Belarus and Russia belong to. This is a notable difference from the West where individual egoism is at the top.

Disproof

This message is ungrounded generalisation containing a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's moral decay aimed at portraying Russia and the so-called Russian world as superior to the West in terms of values and morals. 'Threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

See earlier cases alleging that in contrast to Russia, western Europe is abandoning Christian roots and that unlike Russia, the West degrades traditional values and endangers societies.

A Union state between Belarus and Russia will prevent the countries’ colonisation by the US or Europe

A joint Belarusian-Russia state should have common interests, values, ideals and dreams of the all-Russian world. Then it would effectively withstand external attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, to discredit the common history and to implement neo-colonial policies. The establishment of a Belarusian-Russian Union with common values and traditions would secure a free and independent future and would prevent Belarus and Russia from becoming a devastated, humiliated colony of American or European projects.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with repetitive pro-Kremlin narratives about the Western’s anti-Belarus and anti-Russian activities, the West's attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, and about the West's neocolonial policies. It also contains the concept of an all-Russian world, a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians as well as their sovereignty.

The Treaty on the Creation of a Union State of Russia and Belarus was signed on 8 December 1999. Its intention was to achieve a supranational confederation between the two states. However, thus far, the countries have failed to institute common symbols or a Constitutional act of the Union State, hence Union State common bodies mostly remain on paper. Since late 2018, Russia began putting more pressure on Belarus to proceed with a deeper integration within the 1999 Treaty.

The UK embassy in Belarus promotes genocidal and self-destruction policies

The recent display of the LGBT flag on the UK Embassy’s building on the International Day Against Homophobia (May 17) is unmitigated gall by the Anglo-Saxon establishment. This is like spitting on the traditional values of Belarusians from the Embassy’s window. The UK Embassy demonstrates that it can do whatever it wants and behaves as if it is in an occupied land. If Belarus decided to protest about this action and to expel the British ambassador, the UK would switch off the SWIFT system, impose sanctions, bring immigrants to and stage mass disorders in Belarus, etc. Legislation of LGBT rights prevents children being born. Hence, the UK Embassy promotes genocide and imposes a policy of self-destruction on Belarusians.

Disproof

This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the moral decay of Europe, the propaganda of the morally corrupt West, and its aggressive actions towards Belarus and Belarusian society.

After the Belarusian Interior Ministry slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia in 2018, UK Ambassador Fionna Gibb posted a video saying that: "This embassy is once again flying the rainbow flag as we did in 2015, 2017 and 2018. We do so not to promote LGBT, but to promote equal rights for this community. LGBT people are not asking for special rights, but simply to enjoy the same respect, dignity and rights as others. As human rights are universal and should apply equally to all people, my government is committed to non-discrimination on any grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity."