Disinfo: Western organisations and Belarusian democratic opposition benefit from hoax terrorist threats

Summary

Nowadays, Western civilisation headed by the US aims at establishing a new world order. It envisages to have a ‘golden billion’ and the rest of the world’s population will turn into poor people deprived of everything including a vote. In pursuit of windfall-profits, multinational corporations provoke national and religious conflicts, destabilise international security and doom all countries to social and moral degradation. Most countries and peoples on Earth are invariably mere suppliers of raw materials to a small group of the most developed countries and multinational corporations. Belarus faces hoax terrorist threats from time to time, which cause damage to the state budget and social infrastructure. Who benefits? All those who need the destabilisation of Belarus, that is foreign organisations pursuing aggressive policies towards Belarus and the Belarusian ‘fifth column’, the so-called democratic opposition.

Disproof

This article groundlessly links hoax bomb threats in Belarus to foreign organisations and the Belarusian opposition thus fitting the pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's anti-Belarusian activities, and promotes the concept of a big conspiracy, which is consistent with the Shadow Government narrative. Golden billion is a term used by Russian speakers to describe the relatively wealthy people in industrially developed nations, or the West (see, for example, here). It is often used in different modifications of conspiracy theories. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that global neo-colonialists stage colour revolutions and conquer indigenous national elites, that the US and Anglo-Saxons promote a global totalitarian caste system under the cover of liberalism, that the Anglo-Saxons rule America “from abroad” and are now trying to control Russia, that Belarusian opposition leader Andrei Sannikau prepares a coup with US military assistance, and that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies.

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  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Belarus
  • Keywords: West, Deep state, Conspiracy theory, Terrorism
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative undermining the EU, claiming that the EU is fundamentally broken and disintegrating - also consistent with the narrative of the EU's imminent collapse. No evidence is given to support the claim that Europe is losing its values and former power. The European Parliament’s Spring 2019 Eurobarometer, measuring public attitudes to the EU three months ahead of the European elections, reveals that despite the various internal and external challenges to the EU of the past years, the European sense of togetherness does not seem to have weakened. Continued support for EU membership goes with a strong belief (68%) that EU countries overall have benefited from being part of the EU - equalling the highest level recorded since 1983. In addition, 61% of respondents say their country’s EU membership is a good thing.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the European Union expanded 1.30 percent in the third quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter of the previous year.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Crimea and Sevastopol.

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