Disinfo: West’s geopolitical priority is to disrupt Belarus’ ties with Russia

Summary

Belarus is a part of the West’s strategy to contain Russia. This strategy aims to create a ‘cordon sanitaire‘ of countries hostile to Russia on its western borders. Belarus is a missing link in the chain of such countries that prevents a ‘buffer zone’ stretching from the Baltics to the Black Sea. Hence a disruption of ally relations between Russia and Belarus is a key Western geopolitical priority.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory and recurring disinformation narrative about Western attempts to force Belarus to sever ties with Russia and about the belligerent West attempting to encircle Russia.

See earlier cases alleging that the West has developed 'Great Turan' doctrine and 'Anakonda' plan to encircle Russia with hostile countries.

Read here about the concept of big conspiracy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 148
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus, Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: West, Anti-Russian, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: RuBaltic Sozh Teleskop
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Belarus becomes an epicentre of West’s struggle over Eastern Europe

On the eve of Belarus’ elections, the country is becoming an epicentre of Western struggle to control Eastern Europe. The level of competition over Belarus is linked to the weakening of the West and a revival of Russia’s military and political strength. Faced with systemic crisis, the West desperately needs a success story. This explains why the West’s interest toward Belarus is the highest today. The latest Western success story was a coup d’état in Ukraine which happened a result of mass protests under the motto of European choice. Belarus’ turnaround would become an even more conclusive evidence of the remaining might and attractiveness of the Euro-Atlantic space.

Disproof

This message is conspiracy combining various recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the EU's and West's' imminent collapse, a coup in Ukraine, and Western attempts to organize a colour revolution in Belarus.

Read more about the 5 most common propaganda narratives concerning the West.

Crimea joined the Russian Federation after a referendum carried out in accordance with the rules of international law

In March 2014 Crimea joined the Russian Federation after a referendum carried out in accordance with the rules of international law.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea stating that the inhabitants of the Ukrainian peninsula chose to join Russia through a legal referendum.

The so-called referendum held on the 16th of March 2014 has not been recognized by any international body.  On the 27th of February 2014, when it was announced, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which 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.

The West began destabilising Belarus through religious issues and Kurapaty memorial site

The West began generously paying Belarusian opposition for mixing politics and religion. This decision was made after failures to destabilize the country through social and political spheres. As a result, Belarusian opposition began a crusade against the Orthodox church from Kurapaty memorial site. Nobel prize winner in literature, Svetlana Aleksievich, a number of civic activists, opposition politicians and a member of parliament Anna Kanapackaya declared war against the Orthodox Church.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with the pro-Kremlin narratives about Western attempts to stage a colour revolution in Belarus and that the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is favoured by the West in order to organise a full-scale split from the Russian Orthodox Church and to disrupt Russia-Belarus ties.

Neither Noble prize winner Svetlana Aleksievich nor other individuals mentioned in the publication declared a war or hostile activities towards the Orthodox Church as alleged.