Dalia Grybauskaite was a KGB agent

Summary

Initially, Grybauskaite was a KGB agent, operating under the name “Magnolia”. After, at the age of 53, she became the leader of independent Lithuania where she has fuelled anti-Russian sentiments.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy and disinformation narrative on Lithuania's ex-president and Russophobia.

No evidence is given to support the claim that Dalia Grybauskaitė worked as a KGB agent. As explained by the Insider, the disinformation message started to circulate in 2015, when the website of the Center for Research of Genocide and Resistance of Lithuanian residents was hacked and fake documents about Grybauskaitė as the agent "Magnolia" were published. One of the documents was a letter that contains inaccuracies and formulations not used in the USSR in 1982 when it was allegedly written.

See identical disinformation cases here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Keywords: Dalia Grybauskaitė
  • Outlet: Sputnik Georgia time 0:48 - 0:53
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