Staunton, April 18 – The International Strategic Action Network for Security (iSANS) says in a new 35-page report that the number of anti-Belarusian websites and portals has increased dramatically over the last two years and their tone has become far more vitriolic (east-center.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Belarus-Disinformation-Propaganda-2019-RU.pdf
There are now “about 40” such sites and portals which have significant audiences. (There are many others which have failed to attract much of a following, the report says.) The study divides the sites into four groups:
1. The most aggressive (Ross-bel.ru, Teleskop, Sozh, Vitbich, Berestje-News, GrodnoDaily, Mogilew.by, Podneprovie-Info, Imhoclub.by, Dranik, Politring)
2. Sites with High Levels of Disinformation ( 4esnok, Sonar2050, Друзья-сябры, Sputnik Беларусь, Belvpo, Vesti24, EADaily, Regnum)
3. Sites with moderate levels of disinformation (РИА ФАН, ИА REX, Politnavigator, Oko-Planet, News-Front, Ukraina.ru, Materik, Topwar, Ruskline, Cont.ws, Fondsk.su, Rusvesna, Rubaltic)
4. Less Active sources of disinformation (Rosbelsoyuz, Inspect.by, Vitrusdom, Soglasie, Mogilew.net, Mogilew.org, Mogilew.com, ImperiyaNews).
What is especially worrisome, the report says, is that anti-Belarusian sites have been set up in the regions of Belarus. This network was completed last year and covers all Belarusian oblasts. Among its most important sites are Teleskop-by.org, Sozh.info, Vitbich.org, Berestje-News.org, GrodnoDaily.net, Mogilew.by, Podneprovie-Info.com, and Dranik.org.
The study also documents the links of many of these sites to the Russian Embassy in Minsk and to Russian personnel with a long history of involvement in disinformation.