Disinfo: Warsaw and Vilnius trying to turn the Belarusian protests into a civic conflict

Summary

The Belarusian protests are managed from Poland and incited from Lithuania. Their aim is to turn the crisis into a civic conflict. Their ambassadors should be withdrawn from Belarus.

Disproof

This publication promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Belarus protests as being organised and controlled from abroad, particularly from Poland and Lithuania, and as West's attempt to organise a colour revolution.

There is no evidence that Poland, the Baltic states or any other Western governments are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus. Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against election fraud and police violence towards thousands of rally participants.

According to statistical data and independent observers, the official result of the presidential election was itself heavily doctored. A joint monitoring effort by three NGOs demonstrates the scale of falsification based on election protocols from 1,310 polling stations across Belarus and concludes that the announced result (80% of votes cast for Lukashenka) is mathematically "impossible" (p. 7). An analysis by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper shows that excluding "anomalous" voting districts from the official tally would see Lukashenka's percentage drop to 43%, and Tsikhanouskaya's surge to 45%, in which case a second round would have to be called.

“We are extremely alarmed at the hundreds of allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in police custody,” UN human rights experts said, citing reports of 450 documented cases.

The European Council condemned, on 19 August 2020, the violence against peaceful protesters and announced that it would soon adopt a list of sanctions for those responsible for violence in Belarus. "As the elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair, and did not meet international standards, the EU does not recognize the results presented by the Belarus authorities," is mentioned in a European Council press release.

See earlier disinformation cases claiming that the West supports a bloody post-election Maidan scenario in Belarus, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, and that Belarus moves towards complete colonization by the West.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Lithuania, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Protest, Colour revolutions

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Poland and Lithuania are destabilising Belarus to turn it into a Russophobic limitrophe

Poland is coordinating Belarusian protests through the internet, whereas Lithuania creates organisational structures for Belarusian opposition. The goals of the Baltic states and Poland is to bring their pupils to power. Poland and Lithuania wish to take the whole or part of Belarus under their control. To get Belarus under complete control, they need a full-fledged colour revolution with the replacement of elites, change of economic model, ideology, historical memory and geopolitical alliances. In this case, Belarus will turn into a Russophobic limitrophe. Poland, Lithuania and Latvia will become Belarus’s curators with EU and US indulgence.

Disproof

This publication promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Belarus protests as being organised and controlled from abroad, particularly from Poland and Lithuania, about West's attempt to organise a colour revolution, and about Russophobia in Poland and the Baltic states and their “puppet-state” status.

There is no evidence that Poland, the Baltic states or any other Western governments are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus. Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against election fraud and police violence towards thousands of rally participants.

9/11 was no terrorist attack, the US government is behind this tragedy

The results of the official investigation, which were fabricated, are just a small part of the “evidence” found in the “most credible” investigation of the 9/11 tragedy. But this is quite enough to understand by what methods the United States is moving towards its goals, having killed more than three thousand Americans.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Recurring disinformation narrative suggesting the US government's involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

The 9/11 conspiracy theories have been refuted several times including by the “9-11 Commission" created by the US legislators.

Events in Belarus are organised by Poland, Lithuania, UK and various American foundations

All events in Belarus are organised by countries such as Poland, Lithuania, with the support of Great Britain and various American foundations – not Washington, not the White House, but American democrats, supporters of Soros, and so on.

The Belarusian “revolution” has no chance of continuation, because “the rabid supporters of the overthrow Lukashenko, namely, Polish, Lithuanian politicians, are no longer supported by many other countries in Europe. Russia promised support to Belarus. Everyone in the West understands this.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral fraud in the country as a Western-led colour revolution. It accuses Poland and Lithuania of a plan to intervene in the domestic affairs of Belarus, which is a severe violation of the principles of diplomacy and international relations.

Unfounded statements about the US Democratic party's and Soros foundation's involvement in processes in Belarus. The countries of the EU or UK have nothing to do with the mass protests in Belarus. The protests erupted to contest the results of the presidential elections in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has said that the elections were neither free nor fair.