West is preparing a new colour revolution in Belarus

Summary

In 2010, Belarus became the first post-Soviet country in which a colour revolution did not succeed. The West invested millions of dollars in the revolution, however, the Belarusian authorities managed to withstand their attempts. Western political consultants honed their skills in Ukraine and are ready to try again in Belarus. Preparations are already underway through the creation of information platforms and foreign media, including the Ukrainian UATV channel which started broadcasting in Belarus. On top, there is a high probability that nationalists who have been trained on the Maidan and in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine will be sent to Belarus.

Disproof

This disinformation message is consistent with 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. In Belarus in 2010, post-election mass demonstrations were a peaceful civic protest by Belarusians against false elections rather than a product of western destabilising actions.

The article also follows another disinformation narrative about the destabilising effect of the Ukrainian UATV channel which was allowed to broadcast on Belarus' cable networks.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 140
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: The West, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Rusvesna, https://rusvesna.su/
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