Disinfo: Coronavirus gave the Baltic States a new excuse for Russophobia

Summary

Even during the pandemic of the coronavirus, the Baltic states are strictly following their anti-Russian agenda. Moreover, the terrible disease gave reasons to strengthen this Russophobia, including public statements that “Russians are infected with coronavirus more often than Latvians”. And even when help from China was brought over with the assistance of Russian aircraft, there was suspicion in the Baltic states.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about ubiquitous Russophobia in the EU and beyond, mixed in with coronavirus-related events. Read more about EU countries' response to the coronavirus here.

For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and see earlier disinformation cases alleging that Brussels uses Russophobia as a uniting idea to prevent the EU’s collapse, that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that the Baltic states’ policies are equal to the Third Reich whereas Russophobia has become a Western value.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Russophobia, Baltic states

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Disproof

This is part of the Kremlin disinformation campaign about the coronavirus being artificially created.

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Disproof

An unfounded claim attempting to depict the United States as the culprit of this tragedy.

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