Disinfo: West is manipulating young Belarusians

Summary

US and EU carry out work aimed at breaking the age-old ties of Russia and Belarus. Hundreds of millions of dollars and euros have been allocated for  ideological work and manipulation of people, especially of the younger generation. Numerous Western institutions are trying to rewrite history.

Disproof

No evidence given.

EU offers assistance to Belarus in order to improve the quality of life of Belarusian citizens in a tangible and visible manner, by strengthening its economy, governance, connectivity and society. Find out more about the EU assistance to Belarus here.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood and to arrange 'Belarusian Maidan'. Examples of earlier disinformation with a similar narrative here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: EU, Conspiracy, The West
  • Outlet: Svobodnaya Pressa
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Disproof

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Disproof

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