Disinfo: Decommissioning of a powerful nuclear power plant destroyed economy of Lithuania

Summary

Decommissioning of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, once one of the most powerful stations, lead to the catastrophe of Lithuania’s economy.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the economy of the Baltic States claiming that after they joined the EU their economy collapsed.

Following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the EU decided that so-called High Power Channel Type Reactors (RBMK) and other first-generation Soviet-designed nuclear reactors would need to be shut down. At the time of its accession to the EU Lithuania agreed to shut down the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, which was built with the RBMK reactor.

86% of the decommissioning costs are financed by the EU funds. 

The economic growth in Lithuania is stronger than the EU average and demonstrates one of the leading economic growth indicators in the EU.

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Baltic states are dying because they chose not to be with Russia, that Lithuania will be depopulated in 20 years.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, Baltic states
  • Outlet: Sputnik Abkhazia
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European Union justifies Nazism

By passing resolutions that equate the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, the West is trying to acquit itself of the fact that it gave rise to the most terrible ideology that ever existed on earth – Nazism.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative that attempts to portray the USSR's role in World War II as non-aggressive. This programme also contains the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Western countries are Nazis or support Nazis.

The European Union was set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. The Nazi and fascist ideology and the EU are based on opposite values and principles. The European Union provides a consistent policy to combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.

Soros network directly involved in the presidential elections and the government crisis in Romania

Presidential advisers, former presidential advisers, recently appointed as judges at the Constitutional Court, chief of the most important internal secret service, as well as a designated prime minister, and some others still have links to the network of NGOs funded by Soros.

All these forces are now concentrated in one direction: the government of Iohannis who will organize the elections for him, with a view to re-election for a new term.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation narrative about George Soros as a man interested in destabilising the situation in different countries in order to overthrow the official authorities of the states. The narrative is also a conspiracy theory, presenting George Soros and the United States as being behind street protests and spreading chaos in post-Soviet countries and in Eastern Europe.

Open Society Foundation, founded by George Soros, worked in Romania from 1990 to 2017, implementing projects in many fields, such as human rights, media freedom, democracy, justice, etc.

40% of Holocaust victims were Soviets

40% of the (6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust) were citizens of the former Soviet Union.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII and the Holocaust.

Of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, historians say about 1 million were Soviet. This narrative appeared to be adding an additional 1.5 million Jewish victims from eastern European areas occupied by the Soviets under their pact with the Nazis.