Disinfo: German soldiers in Lithuania sang Nazi songs after realising there is no "Russian aggression"


German soldiers in Lithuania realised that there is no alleged "Russian aggression" that they had to face. This is why they decided to organise a party, which involved singing Nazi songs and shouting anti-Semitic slogans. This is how Bundestag troops implement NATO tasks.


Recurring disinformation about NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Lithuania.

The narrative is linked to a real incident. 30 German soldiers in Lithuania have been suspected of singing anti-Semitic songs during a party. Some of them could also be guilty of sexual harassment.

Germany recalled suspected soldiers from service in Lithuania. The incident and its participants were condemned. German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promised that any soldier found guilty would be “punished with the utmost severity.”

Suspected soldiers served in NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania. The Battlegroup together with similar Battlegroups in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, was deployed in Lithuania in 2017. The decision about eFP was made during the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016 as the reaction to Russia's aggression against Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea.

See earlier cases of disinformation about NATO eFP: A German commander from the Enhanced Forward Presence battalion is a Russian agent; Baltic states’ membership in NATO resulted in degradation of national security; NATO exploits the idea of a “Russian threat” to deploy near the Russian border.


  • Reported in: Issue 249
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/06/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: NATO, security threat, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Russian
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Disinfo: Russia receives more cyberattacks from the US than it sends

Last year, Russia sent 45 requests to the relevant authority in the United States in connection with cyberattacks. In the first half of this year, the number reached 35. The US side did not provide an answer to any request. As an example, it can be cited a cyberattack "on the health care system in one of the large regions of Russia". The launching points of such attacks are not a secret to the Russian authorities.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the alleged attempts of Western governments to weaken and destabilise Russia.

Russian intelligence services have long been accused of targeting computer systems in the US and elsewhere, with a dozen of substantiated allegations made in the last 20 years. An analysis of high-profile cyber incidents since 2006 links at least 117 cyberattacks globally to Russia, of which many were against the US.

Disinfo: The leaders of European countries are subject to American dictates

Russia always stands by cooperation and constructive dialogue in its relations with European countries, but the United States is preventing this from happening. We see that the leaders of European countries are subject to American policy and dictates, and they cannot confront them.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries. This narrative claims that almost all European countries are no longer truly sovereign and the United States dictates policies to the EU and its member states. For pro-Kremlin disinformation, countries that are outside of Russian control are US vassals, and some are vassals of vassals.

In fact, the EU Member States are sovereign countries and make sovereign decisions about their own security and policies. The US is an important ally to the EU but EU policy is not determined by the US.

Disinfo: After 2014 coup, Ukraine committed genocide in Donbas

In 2013, an anti-constitutional coup took place in Ukraine. It was an armed coup d'etat with the help of foreign special services. [...] Then they went east. It was not a fight against some separatists, it was a war against the entire nation. This is the Ukrainian civil war. It is genocide.


A mix of several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in eastern Ukraine, presenting the conflict as a “civil war” and the genocide of its own people in Donbas. This narrative denies the role of Russian forces in the war in Ukraine. It also discredits the public protests in 2013-2014 describing them as an anti-constitutional coup.

The war in Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.