This week, Russian state media more than tripled the defence budget of Latvia, a NATO member and neighbour of Russia. The bogus figure appeared on, a state-controlled Russian news website, which claimed that the Baltic country spends a whopping 6.4 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defence. The real figure for 2018 is 2 percent, up from 1.7 percent in 2017. The incorrect figure was cited in a lengthy interview with a Latvian businessman who is a longtime critic of the Latvian government, the European Union, and NATO. In a tactic characteristic of pro-Kremlin media, Regnum republished the interviewee’s claims without bothering to correct the figure for its readers. Further reading: