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Latvian Army shot at civilians in January 1991

Summary of Disinformation

Latvian Army General Raimonds Graube carried out a provocation by shooting at civilians in January of 1991, just as in 2014 in Ukraine on Maidan where there were unknown snipers who fired on civilians. A movie on the topic shows how pseudo-revolutions are organized.

Disproof

As shown by DFRLab, the aim of the movie appears to be to resurface old allegations of violence during Latvia’s transition to independence and away from the Soviet Union.

The filmmakers of the documentary include Andrey Tatarchuk, a journalist with indirectly Kremlin-financed Baltnews.lv, and a Russian artist from Estonia named Sergey Chetvertnoy. Dmitry Yermolaev, the Editor in Chief of the official Kremlin media outlet Rosiyskie Vesti Latvian edition accused two Latvian military officers of shooting at civilians. In 2005, the Latvian Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) blacklisted Yermolaev as a Russian intelligence officer.

Rita Aksenoka, the former Head of the Extraordinary Criminal Investigations at the General Prosecutor’s Office, said: From everything I heard and saw, frankly, there is not a single true word (in the movie). There are some facts that are interpreted in a biased way.

Recurring disinformation that the snipers in Ukraine were directed by the Maidan leaders, and that they were Georgian https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77122&date=, http://mythdetector.ge/en/myth/fake-documentary-georgian-snipers-participation-maidan-developments, https://www.stopfake.org/en/?s=snipers.

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Reported in: Issue 111
Date: 29.05.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Latvia, Ukraine
Keywords: Colour revolutions, Euromaidan
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Movie trailer at mixnews.lv
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