Disinfo: Amid coronavirus epidemic, Latvia intensifies neo-Nazism and oppression of Russian-speaking population

Summary

In Latvia amid the coronavirus outbreak, neo-Nazi ideas are being cemented and implemented and the oppression of Russian-speaking population is aggravating.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and Nazism in the Baltic countries.

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Russophobic Baltic States are beggars and vassals of the West, that the main activity of the Latvian state is the trade of Russophobia, that a genocide against ethnic Russians / Russian-speaking population is possible in Latvia, and that the Baltic states openly glorify Nazism.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 193
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus

Disclaimer

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