While these narratives can be regarded as recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Belarusian opposition and the morally corrupt West, the case about opposition leader Andrei Sannikau working both for the CIA and RAND is a new one. He is unfoundedly blamed for staging a coup in Belarus with US military assistance and receiving orders to ignite a war in Belarus.
It’s someone else
As the MH17 investigation is once again in the headlines, the pro-Kremlin media claims that there are no satisfactory investigation results, that the investigation is politically motivated, and that the ‘Old’ EU member states are delaying the investigation because Russian responsibility cannot be established.
In addition to ignoring the Joint Investigation Team’s announcement that Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system that came from the Russian Federation, the pro-Kremlin media is also on the offensive.
The United States is falsely accused of occupying Germany, wide-scale power cuts in three South American countries, and even sponsoring Hong Kong’s opposition.
Those are not real countries, are they?
While the question of Lithuania’s main export has been already covered, the alleged problem of subsidizing the Baltic economies remains in sight of the pro-Kremlin media. It claims that the three countries survive mainly at the expense of the EU budget. In reality, the EU contributes €1.575 billion or 3.90 % to Lithuania’s gross national income (GNI), €0.648 billion or 2.87% to Estonia’s GNI and €0.737 billion or 2.76 % to Latvia’s GNI.
And this brings us to a case of biblical proportions. According to the pro-Kremlin media, Lithuania claims that rebuilding the entire railway network to European standards would require around 900-950 annual Lithuanian budgets, meaning they would finish by the end of this millennium. In reality, Lithuania is investing in its railroads and is also a part of the Rail Baltica project that aims to link Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the European gauge railway, and the Baltic route should be completed by 2025.
The missing piece
Well, it’s not really a piece, but more like a country. It’s called Ukraine and the fact that there’s a frontline and soldiers are still getting killed is totally missing from the narrative that claims Russia was suspended from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) because of “a Russophobic minority”.
After the PACE reinstated Russia’s voting rights, a new narrative about Ukraine surfaced, claiming the EU has decided that Ukraine does not deserve much attention and becomes a stumbling block in EU-Russia relations.
In this context it is important to note that the European Union and the Council of Europe are two separate entities and mixing them up either deliberately or by accident is manipulation based on the “abandoned Ukraine” narrative. Furthermore EU continues its policy of non-recognition of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as its sanctions against Russia. And the Council of Europe itself has condemned the annexation of Crimea.