Disinfo: Whole of Belarusian opposition has become an LGBT community to get financial assistance from the UK

Summary

No one has ever seen a single begging gay or lesbian in Minsk, because Great Britain financially supports all LGBT members. This is why the whole Belarusian opposition suddenly turned into the LGBT community.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the morally corrupt West and its aggressive actions towards Belarusian society and aimed to discredit Belarusian democratic opposition.

The UK, among the other EU Member States is engaging with the whole of civil society in Belarus.

The UK embassy in Minsk showed support for the Belarusian LGBT community by flying a rainbow flag for International Day Against Homophobia.

In Belarus, the systematic restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly and association leads to discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community, according to the May 2019 Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus. Belarusian legislation does not have any laws specifically protecting sexual minorities from discrimination. The report reads: "Article 64.9 of the Criminal Code foresees aggravating circumstances for crimes motivated by “hatred or hostility towards any social group”. However, the term “social group” is very vague and prosecutions taking into account the article in regard to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community are reported as rare.”

See earlier disinformation cases about the LGBT community in Belarus, alleging that Schengen visa fees for Belarusians are high, because the number of homosexuals per capita in Belarus is very low, the UK embassy in Belarus promotes genocidal and self-destructive policies by flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, that the West is destabilising Belarus with the help of Nazis and LGBT, promotes the concept of feminine men, and attacks the institution of family in Slavic countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: Western values, LGBT
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Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance is anti-Russian

The Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance has a clear mission – to stigmatise the Soviet’s past and to justify the Ukrainian nationalists. It has to develop a state ideology directed against Russia and the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about anti-Russian sentiments in Ukraine and in the West. The Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance is not directed against Russia or the Soviet past. It was established on 31 May 2006, as a special governmental institution for the restoration and preservation of the national memory of the Ukrainian people. The Institute directs the decommunisation process in Ukraine and provides access to state archives concerning repression during the Soviet past in accordance with the law “On access to the archives of repressive bodies of the communist totalitarian regime from 1917-1991”. The Institute has three main functions: first, to restore, preserve, and promote the national memory of the Ukrainian people; second, to prevent the use of symbols of totalitarian regimes; third, to promote patriotism, national consciousness, and active position among Ukrainian citizens.

Ukraine is not able to repair and modernise its aircraft without Russia, it is a safety risk

Ukraine has serious problems with the repair and modernisation of the Soviet MiG-29 fighters because of the sanctions imposed against Russia. The Lviv Aircraft Repair Plant reported that it lost the opportunity to acquire Russian spare parts for the fighter-planes, which is why it did not fulfil the contract for updating the aircraft. Experts note that the attempts of Ukrainian specialists to independently modernise the MiG-29 can make the operation of the machine unsafe.

Disproof

No evidence given for a safety risk. There are no such words about anti-Russian sanctions in the statement RT.com referred to. The Lviv State Aviation Repair Plant was accused of failing to fulfil the contract to repair two aircraft in time. In the press release it was mentioned that the plant is going to file an appeal to the court decision, as the company was forced to adhere to the norms of the law, that is: “to modernise the aircraft in the absence of spare parts, since the result of the above decision of the National Security and Defence Council created restrictions in purchasing them”. But there is no mention that the contract was not fulfil at the time due to the lack of details from Russia. The website of the Lviv State Aviation Repair Plant, which is engaged in repair and modernisation of aircraft, including the MiG-29, notes that “we are separately proud of the promptly implemented import substitution program. It is about manufacturing parts that were previously supplied from manufacturers in the Russian Federation”. Also in April 2019, the plant noted that the technological capabilities for the restoration of military aviation were expanded.

Because of the refusal to use Russian spare parts, Ukrainian plants have to find other channels to get these details. Because of this, repair and modernisation may take longer time than usual.

Europe supported Ukraine as an anti-Russian project and for this Ukrainians paid a colossal price

Europe supported Ukraine as an anti-Russian project and for this the Ukrainian nation paid a colossal price. The price was Crimea, civil war in Donbas, tens of thousands of dead, a destroyed economy. And today the price is also the dismantlement of Poroshenko’s regime.

Ukraine as a political nation has a very bleak outlook, and even the Europeans – those who are paying the money – are now thinking whether it was worth it.

Disproof

This is a disinformation message that combines several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about abandoned and failing Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, the annexation of Crimea, and the war in eastern Ukraine.

In fact, the Ukrainian economy has been growing.