Disinfo: USA is rehearsing Maidan in Russia with the Minsk riots

Summary

Now a rehearsal of a coup d’etat in Russia is taking place in Belarus.  In particular, members of the “Open Russia” organisation, which is funded by the US State Department, went to Minsk to get a real experience of the protests.

The most important thing for us is what we see in the model of Belarus, is what is prepared for Russia. It is no coincidence that representatives of an organisation called “Open Russia”, went to Belarus in a so-called exchange of experience, in order to transfer the practice of fighting with the forces of law and order and adapt them to the Russian realities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about protests in Belarus and West encircling Russia. The pro-Kremlin media frequently use disinformation narratives about popular protests around the world, presenting them as West-funded colour revolutions.

There is no evidence to suggest any US involvement in the protests in Belarus. The protests erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society.

On the eve of the elections, in a joint statement by the Missions of the U.S., the EU and the UK, they urge the Belarusian authorities "to take the measures necessary to hold a safe, peaceful, free and fair election and to ensure fundamental freedoms."

Open Russia is an organization created by Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos Oil Company shareholders in 2001, with the aim of building and strengthening civil society in Russia.

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West is helping to destabilise the situation in Belarus before the election, that US agents are attempting to overthrow Lukashenka along the Ukrainian scenario, that the West dreams of tearing Belarus apart from Russia and to organise a Ukraine-like scenario, and that pro-Western Belarusian opposition prepares a revolution with the assistance of armed Ukrainian nationalists.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Euromaidan

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Disproof

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