Monthly Archives: August 2020

Belarus is being used as ‘trampoline’ to attack Russia, Lukashenko tells RT, amid post-election crisis

Warning! This article contains laughable propaganda. Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko says he and Vladimir Putin “agree” that the forces allegedly directing the ongoing political crisis in Belarus are aiming to attack Russia next. “In Russia, I often see the media saying: ‘Oh, in Belarus, in Belarus…’ But it’s happening right here, on the western border [of Russia],” Lukashenko told RT

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“To be a global player”: Zelensky reveals plans for next year

In particular, he wants to end the war in Donbas. Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed plans for the next year. “To maintain independence, end the war, start growing economically, grow geopolitically toward influence in order to be a global player. This is very important,” he told Ukraine 24 TV channel in an interview, answering a host’s question about

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Portnikov: Belarus should be seen through prism of Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, but not 2014 Euromaidan

Article by: Vitaly Portnikov One of the leaders of the Belarusian opposition, Valery Tsapkala, stated that Belarusians do not want to implement the Ukrainian scenario in his country, since “their revolution took place outside the electoral cycle”. However, his remarks seem to refer to Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan of 2013–2014), when Ukrainians rose up against the government following Yanukovych’s

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The footage of the beatings is staged, and if the police are wrong, they must be forgiven. The shortest retelling of Alexander Lukashenko’s speech to supporters in Grodno

There is restlessness on the western border, they clap their weapons, threaten, openly interfere in our internal affairs. We will defend our land. This is not only our border, this is the CSTO border .  There they made it clear to me: we will not surrender Belarus to humiliation. Many people told me that “something is wrong” in Grodno, but when I saw you, I realized that the

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Lukashenka ordered to close all striking enterprises

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko ordered the closure of enterprises whose workers are participating in strikes. He made such a statement, speaking at a rally of his supporters in Grodno. “I ask the governor, chairmen of executive committees, if someone does not want to work, do not force them. Do not. We still will not force them and will not persuade them. But if

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Russia’s Murderous Adhocracy

At the time of writing, Alexei Navalny is still fighting for his life, after apparently being poisoned as he left Tomsk. For many, this must have been a “Kremlin hit,” but the uncomfortable truth is that under Vladimir Putin, political murder is no longer a monopoly of the state. It is certainly not impossible that the Kremlin was to blame.

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It is necessary to find dialogue format in Belarus – Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky says that the society and the officials of Belarus need to find a “calm format of dialogue” with each other, since bloodshed is unacceptable. “As for the bloodshed – certainly not. We reacted immediately. Whatever happens, the authorities and society must find a dialogue format. It does not matter which one, but not with clubs.

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THE BODY IN THE BATH The Russian Connections to the Strange, Unexplained Death of a British Spy

Iggy Ostanin. 18 August 2020 With Parliament’s Russia Report exposing Putin’s covert operations in the UK, Iggy Ostantin looks at new Kremlin connections to the MI6 money-laundering expert found dead in his Pimlico flat in 2010 Kill them in the toilet”– “mochit v sortire”: Vladimir Putin’s most famous quote was made during a conference in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, in 1999.

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Several dozen information sites have been blocked in Belarus. Among them – “Radio Liberty” and “Mediazona”

The Belarusian authorities have blocked more than forty information sites in the country. TUT.by reports about it. The list of blocked media includes several media outlets, including Radio Liberty, the chronicle of the Belarusian elections at Mediazone, Belsat, and Euroradio. In addition, it includes the resources of oppositionists Viktor Babariko, Valery Tsepkalo, Nikolai Statkevich. When you try to access most of these

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Kremlin trolling Navalny

From the FB page of ‘Boycott Russia Today’. Aug 22 2020. Ben Macintyre [paywalled so this excerpt only]: — Kremlin denial over attack on Navalny is yet another example of ‘vranyo’, a statement that is shamelessly untrue Another critic of Vladimir Putin is struck down, and the official response from Moscow is familiar, routine, ritualised. Claims that the anti-corruption campaigner

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Protests through the eyes of Belarusian censorship

EUvsDisinfo had a look at state-controlled media in Belarus to see how Belarusian media is covering the events unravelling in their country. State-controlled media spreads a mix of disinformation, threats and glorification to convince audiences that President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is the guarantor of economic stability and order while the opposition and the West will bring only chaos. The main platforms

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