West aims to destroy historic conscience of Belarusian society

Summary

Western countries control a network of Belarusian NGOs which threaten the Belarusian state and society. In the coming years, the West will direct its efforts to destroy the historic conscience of Belarusian society, to create a negative image of Russia and misconceptions of Russia-Belarus relations among Belarusians, to spark nationalism and to discredit important state and societal institutions including the President, army, law-enforcement agencies and Orthodox church.

These activities are already underway; however the development of information technologies makes them cheaper and gives them a new dimension.

Disproof

This disinformation message is a conspiracy and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organize a colour revolution in Belarus and to make Belarus an anti-Russia bastion.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, The West, Belarus
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Disproof

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Disproof

Stoltenberg actually said: “I also welcome your commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence. And I congratulate Georgia for spending… 20% of the defence budget on equipment and modernisation.”

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NATO controls the military infrastructure of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

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Disproof

NATO does not control military infrastructure of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia and NATO belligerence.

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