Russophobia as Western values: Baltic states’ policies equals to Third Reich

Summary

Russians in the post-Soviet countries have become hostages of local ethnocracies. Russian ethnic regions were mostly developed by Russians. Thanks to Russians many people of the Russian empire survived and preserved their national identity. But today local nationalists point at Russians as the main source of evil, openly falsify history, attempt to instil a sense of guilt and the feeling of inferiority on them. The brightest example is Ukraine, where the history of WWII is openly rewritten, Nazis and their accomplices are proclaimed heroes, and everything which has to do with the Russian World is discredited. At the same time, the Ukrainian nation itself was created by the Soviet power and the country’s infrastructure was mainly developed by Russians.

The same processes, at least covertly, take place in a number of other post-Soviet countries, including in Kazakhstan and Belarus. In the Baltic states, they introduce open bans on the use of Russian, on the right to get the education in Russian, and Russians are perceived as “second-class people”, in full accordance with the Third Reich standards. However local political elites are warmly welcomed by the European community. The double standards policy towards Russians has long ago become a business card of the Western elites. For them, Russophobia is often perceived as good manners. Discrimination of Russians in post-Soviet ethnocracies is actively encouraged by the West. Russophobia is turning into a symbol of conformity with the Western system of values and is an important element of the ideological war that the West wages against Russia.

Disproof

This is a collection of conspiracies and ungrounded claims aimed to present Russians as victims of a deliberate plot of the West with post-Soviet countries. This is an illustrative example of the recurring pro-Kremlin propagandistic narrative about ubiquitous Russophobia in the West and post-Soviet countries alike. For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and look at earlier disinformation cases alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network.

This publication also contains pro-Kremlin narratives about Fascist / Nazi Ukraine and the Baltic states, the persecution of the Russian language speakers, and belligerent West waging an ideological war and making plots against Russia. The accusation of Nazism is one of the favourite techniques of pro-Kremlin outlets as explained in our past analysis Nazi east, Nazi west, Nazi over the cuckoo's nest.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Kazakhstan, The West, Baltic states, Belarus
  • Keywords: Western values, Anti-Russian, Russian language, Russophobia, Russian world, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Teleskop, Sozh.info
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The EU is rotten and countries are leaving it

[Boris Johnson] is doing everything to ensure that Britain exits the EU on hard conditions. Well done Johnson! He shows what a rotten union the European Union is. At a certain point, it worked in favour of all European states. Well, if not all, then at least for the main countries. But then they began to expand to Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and now they are dragging in the devil knows who.

Let them go out. Let them show that the European Union is an organisation that is not useful for everyone and that countries are leaving it. By the way, a useful example for Ukraine.

Disproof

This message is in line with pro-Kremlin narratives about the disintegration of the EU and Brexit. The report advances the recurring message that the EU is fundamentally broken and disintegrating - also consistent with the narrative of the EU's imminent collapse - and that it lacks supports the support of Member States.

In fact, support for the EU is at historically high levels, as shown in the latest Eurobarometer poll. Moreover, Europeans would predominantly vote to remain in the EU: nearly 7 out of 10 EU citizens said they would vote to stay in the EU if a referendum on membership was to be held in their country. An absolute majority of citizens in 25 Member States hold this view, and a relative majority in the three remaining states (Czech Republic, Italy, and the UK) does as well. Following the 23 June 2016 Brexit referendum, the heads of state of the remaining 27 EU countries stated: “We are determined to remain united and work in the framework of the EU to deal with the challenges of the 21st century and find solutions in the interest of our nations and peoples," after the informal meeting on 29th of June 2016.

Neo-Nazis have an outsized influence in Ukrainian politics

Neo-Nazis have an outsized influence in Ukrainian politics.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine as a Nazi country.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

While everybody is looking at Syria, NATO prepares for war in the heart of Europe

The US withdrew its troops from Syria, but is sending its soldiers to Europe to prepare for a war against its geopolitical enemy, Russia. The US troops will take part in the exercises of rapid deployment in Eastern Europe called Atlantic Resolve. Unusually, for the first time, US troops will deploy in the Dutch city of Vlissingen, at a distance of 2,000 km from Moscow.

Disproof

This is deliberate misreporting of an article published by Business Insider, which covered the Atlantic Resolve exercises. The original article states that the exercises are part of "the [US] Army's ongoing efforts to make sure it can get to a fight in Europe if one breaks out". However, it did not mention any preparations for an upcoming war in Europe, nor Russia as a geopolitical enemy and the distance between Vlissingen and Moscow.

This is part of a recurrent disinformation effort to portray NATO as an ever-expanding, aggressive power against a peaceful Russia. Here you can see other examples of this narrative, such as NATO's never-ending provocations, its attempts to block Moscow in its sphere of influence, the Alliance's permanent targeting of Russia and Belarus, its role as a US subjugation tool for other countries and its unreliability to defend its members or its plans to continue attacking other countries.