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


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.


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




  • Reported in: Issue 95
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: European Union, Russian superiority, Economic difficulties


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

Lithuania introduces unilateral tariffs on railway cargo

The practice of introducing “cutting tariffs” by the Lithuanian Railway should be discontinued, since it becomes unprofitable for cargo carriers to export their cargoes through the Kaliningrad seaport due to this. If the Lithuanian leaders really want mutually beneficial economic cooperation, then Russia must be sure that it will never have problems with the Kaliningrad region because of Lithuania.


No evidence given. According to Lithuanian authorities, all transit tariffs are decided in negotiations between two business entities  - national or regional railways of Lithuania and Russia. Lithuania has never imposed any tariffs unilaterally. According to official sources, the transit flows are growing. The reason for redirecting the cargo to sea-ports must be other than excessive tariffs.

The white slaves – migrants rape British girls for years, police fears accusations of racism

Migrants rape British underage girls for years. Police knows what is happening but doesn’t do anything due to fears of being accused of racism.


The article does not provide evidence to the claims and is based on anonymous sources. The effect of the misleading message is strengthened with an image from a rape and revenge -film. It links to an article in the Independent that in fact reports that "Police believe they have exposed a new grooming gang in London as officers warn widespread abuse is taking place across the country. Four girls between the age of 13 and 15 have reported being raped by a group based around a McDonald’s in Stratford, triggering a crackdown that has so far identified at least 30 potential victims." There is no evidence that the police would be reluctant to take actions against the grooming gangs for fears of being accused of racism. According to reports, victims of the grooming gangs come from different ethnic backgrounds. www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/10/abuse-asian-girls-missed-white-victims,

The issue has been widely discussed in the UK after a scandal of large-scale sex abuse of children came to light in Rotherham in 2012. www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28934963,

Ukrainian policeman published a Facebook profile photo with a Nazi uniform

A Ukrainian policeman from Dnipropetrovsk published a Facebook profile photo with a Nazi uniform.


The police department from Dnipropetrovsk refuted this information on its official Facebook page: "We inform you officially that the person who impersonates the employee of the Dnipropetrovsk police, in fact, is not and never was (a policeman). Photos that are on this person's page with a policeman have been edited".