The West has an anti-Russian plan named “Anaconda ring”

Summary

The West has an old anti-Russian plan called “Anaconda ring”. Its aim is to encircle Russia with hostile states, to rip Belarus away from Russia, and to eventually partition the Russian Federation. The Baltic States and Ukraine are already part of this ring, while the only remaining state on Russia’s western border that is not yet part of it is Belarus. The West plans to organise a Ukrainian scenario in Belarus and provoke military clashes upon its territory. A federal state joining Russia and Belarus would guarantee Belarus’ peaceful development and well-being.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Read more about the concept of big conspiracy here.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about a belligerent West aiming to encircle Russia and about Western plans to instigate a colour revolution in Belarus in order to disrupt its relations with Russia.

Anaconda plan was a military strategy proposed by Union General Winfield Scott early in the American Civil War. The plan called for a naval blockade of the Confederate littoral, thrust down the Mississippi, and the strangulation of the South by Union land and naval forces. Plan "Anaconda" has nothing to do with modern politics.

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  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, The West, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus Time (6:30 - 7:40), (9:45 - 11:03)
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Crimeans were always eager to reconnect with Russia

There was no need for rigging the referendum in 2014. The Crimean population was always eager to reconnect with their Russian homeland.

NATO and the European Union have every interest in maintaining a conflictual situation.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on the illegal annexation of Crimea. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced 27th of February and held less than three weeks later.

On March 27th, 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula.

Poland wants to dismember Ukraine and reestablish a Polish empire

The Polish doctrine of IV Rzeczpospolita (The Fourth Republic) is part of the US doctrine of global dominance. Poland plans to reestablish a Polish empire stretching from the Baltics to the Black Sea. Poland’s neoimperialist activities were one of the main reasons for the catastrophe in Ukraine. A coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014 was in Poland’s interests. A few years earlier, Polish media speculated that Poland will not be able to digest the Russian part of Ukraine, though it could swallow Ukraine’s western part. Thus, Poland is invested in Ukraine’s collapse.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given.

IV Rzeczpospolita, or Fourth Polish Republic, was a plan for moral revolution and political change put forth in the late 1990s by the Polish conservative philosopher Rafał Matyja and used in public discourse to describe the 2005-2007 period, when the government of Law and Justice was in power. However, this concept has nothing to do with establishing a Polish empire at the expense of Poland's eastern neighbours, including Ukraine - it is a conspiracy theory. Read more about the use of conspiracy here.

The US government silenced hackers that threatened to expose its involvement in 9/11

In the last days of 2018, the hacker group known as “The Dark Overlord” announced that it had stolen thousands of documents proving the involvement of the US government in the 9/11 attacks, in exchange for which they requested 2 million dollars. After not receiving the payment, they crowdfunded and published the first two batches of documents. But nothing else has been heard from The Dark Overlord for more than a month, so there are two options: either they got the money from the US government, or they were silenced by other means.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented without any evidence as an "analysis".

It relays a recurring narrative that suggests US government involvement in the 9/11 attacks; an unfounded claim that has been extensively refuted. In this case, baseless speculation adds a new layer to the conspiracy, with claims that US authorities may have somehow 'dealt' with people who intended to expose evidence of such involvement.