Disinfo: Economies of the Baltic countries can't make progress in the EU

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Economies of the Baltic countries can’t make progress when the countries are EU members. [—] The only real solution for the Baltic economies is integration to the Russian market.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. Lithuania and Latvia were among Europe's 10 fastest growing economies in 2016, according to World Economic Forum. In addition, Estonia was second in the 2017 Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom in Europe. Lithuania was 8th and Latvia came in at 11th. In the global ranking Estonia is the 6th. The Baltic countries have been a showcase of successful transformation after regaining independence following 50 years of Soviet occupation. This includes free market economies, well-functioning democratic institutions and legal system. http://bit.ly/K11iGM, http://bloom.bg/2eSwg3K // In 1995 in LV GDP per capita was 2.327 USD compared to 13.664 USD in 2015. In 1995 EE GDP per capita was 3.036 USD compared to 17.295 USD in 2015 http://bit.ly/1eRbn2E

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  • Reported in: Issue 95
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic states, Russia, Latvia
  • Keywords: Russian superiority, European Union, Economic difficulties
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Minister of national defense of Lithuania admitted to being gay and was accused of sexual harassment

Minister of national defense of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis admitted to being gay and was accused of sexual harassment.

Disproof

Repeating disinformation that appeared when news website tv3.lt was hacked and false information concerning Minister of National Defence published in the evening of January 18. Immediately after that, e-mail letters containing an attachment with a malicious code were sent from an address mimicking the hacked website to a target audience - representatives of Lithuanian state authorities and media organisations. The incident was prevented through cooperation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and tv3.lt experts. The malicious code was injected into a hidden data field, description of which also shows an error message in Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet allowing investigators to assume that a Russian version of Microsoft Word software was used for the creation of the document. Further debunking by NCSC: kam.lt/en/news_1098/current_issues/national_cyber_security_centre_provides_analysis_of_the_recent_cyber-incident_in_a_news_website.html,

Slowly, incest is being legalised in Europe

Slowly, incest is being legalised in Europe. Especially in Scandinavia some politicians openly say that incest is a “gender norm”. Like homophobia, incestophobia will also become punishable. In 2011 in Germany, 38 500 children were taken away from their families against their will and handed over to same sex families.

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The video was published on Facebook in November 2017. On January 23 in 2018 it had been shared over 8 400 times. Incest is illegal in all the European countries.// Disinformation about 38 500 children has been spread before in Georgia and debunked by us: euvsdisinfo.eu/report/in-2011-in-germany-38-500-children-were-taken-away/,

The Baltic countries are driving the EU's EaP policies with one single aim – to weaken Moscow

The Baltic countries are driving the EU’s Eastern Partnership policies with one single aim – to weaken Moscow

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No evidence given. In fact, the Eastern Partnership initiative is not against any country; it is a mutually beneficial and constructive platform for countries in the region to build a closer relationship with the EU, if they so choose. The EU does not demand that any of its partners need to make a choice between the EU or any other countries. We stand for good neighbourly relations. The Eastern Partnership respects the individual aspirations and ambition of each partner country eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/35712/myths-about-eastern-partnership-factsheet_en, .