Disinfo: Finland, Estonia and Hungary are pushing Russia’s Finno-Ugric peoples to separate from Russia

Summary

Finland, Estonia and Hungary are pushing Russia’s Finno-Ugric peoples to political independence and, ideally, to separate from Russia. The countries are influencing cultural and scientific elites of Russia’s Finno-Ugric republics, using missionaries’ work, and inviting people to study abroad.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring disinformation, no evidence given. The described activities are part of cultural and people-to-people cooperation that has nothing to do with separatism.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue82
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Finland
  • Keywords: Destabilising Russia

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