“Europe’s problems are just beginning”: Russia tests narratives about the Belarus migrant crisis on social media
UkraineWorld has studied how Russia tests narratives about the Belarus migrant crisis on social media.
Russian proxies have been giving information backing on social media to the Lukashenka-manufactured migrant crisis on Belarus’ borders with the EU.
Since August 2021, thousands of migrants, mainly from Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, have massed at Belarus’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. The EU has accused Aliaksandr Lukashenka, the self-proclaimed President of Belarus, of weaponising migration by allegedly facilitating the transport of thousands of migrants to Belarus’s border with EU member Poland. Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on September 20 that Poland had mounting evidence that Belarus, with Russian backing, is orchestrating the wave of migrants to overwhelm Poland’s borders.
Lukashenka denied the allegation that he has been driving the crisis and pressured the EU and Germany to accept some of the migrants. However, it’s clear that he seeks to gain from the whole situation.