Disinfo: Lithuanian government does not do any good for Lithuanians

Summary

If the International Monetary Fund (IMF) praises Lithuania it means that Lithuanian government does not do any good for Lithuanians. Social policy does not represent a priority, while financial support to the citizens is considered to be a populistic step.

When Homeland Union, Lithuanian Christians Democrats, was in power last time, the economic policy was conservative and very painful for people. IMF also praised them at that time.

Lithuanian Conservatives have not changed their policy. It is demonstrated by the situation with the employees of sanatorium “Belarus” in Druskininkai, when 350 citizens of Lithuanians lost their jobs as a result of sanctions against Lukashenka. In the future, similar things could happen with tens of thousands of Klaipeda’s harbour and “Lithuanian Railways” workers, when due to conflict and sanctions Belarusian cargo ships will avoid Lithuania.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania.

The narrative represents demonisation of International Monetary Fund (IMF), attempt to discredit Lithuanian Conservatives (Homeland Union) and Lithuanian foreign policy. Lithuania is presented as an economically weak state, which does not take care of its own people.

International Monetary Fund positively evaluated Lithuanian progress in controlling the economic situation in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. IMF also provided some further recommendations for the state (see "Republic of Lithuania: Staff Concluding Statement of an IMF Staff Visit").

The accusation against Homeland Union, Lithuanian Christians Democrats, of implementing “painful economic policy” is presented without context. During the previous period (2008-2012), when Lithuanian Conservatives were in power, they had to manage the consequences of the global financial crisis. The implemented austerity policy was painful for some categories of people but delivered fast results of a remarkable recovery of the economy.

Nowadays situation with sanatorium “Belarus” is linked to EU sanctions against the regime of Aleksandr Lukashenka. Sanatorium in Lithuanian resort Druskininkai belongs to the government of Belarus and today is the object of the sanctions. The Lithuanian government is looking for ways to support people who were left without their workplaces in the sanatorium.

The loss of cargo from Belarus could affect the Lithuanian economy but the potential consequences of it will not be so catastrophic as presented in the narrative. In 2019, the trade with Belarus formed only 3.9 per cent of Lithuanian exports, imports from Belarus were 2.5 per cent.

See similar cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that Minsk will punish Lithuania economically for its support to the Belarusian opposition, affirming that Lithuania (and other Baltic states) live mainly at the expense of the EU budget or just attacking party of Lithuanian Conservatives.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Country: Belarus, Lithuania
  • Keywords: economy, Sanctions
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Since the coup Ukraine became a failed American colony 

Since the coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014, when the United States of America and the European Union, by supporting Nazi militants, overthrew the legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine has been in constant financial crises.

After the installation of a puppet agent system, operating under the orders of the United States Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine is steadfastly moving towards severing its economic relations with Russia, which is effectively causing the destruction of its industry, as it has become deprived of Russian suppliers and Russian markets.

Ukraine has long become an American colony and is increasingly becoming a failed state… According to some estimates, Ukraine is the only country in the world which GPD has not grown since 1991 and which forbids half of the country’s population to speak their native language – Russian.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine as a failed state, which is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state, also consistent with the narrative depicting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d’état orchestrated by the West.

Ukraine, as an independent country, has a functioning government and economy, it is a member of many international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and a party to international agreements. Ukraine has bilateral diplomatic relations with the majority of countries.

The West is rewriting history: it is a squall attack on the truth

The West is rewriting history with might and main. And this rewriting has a pronounced anti-Russian character. It acquired such importance after first “exposing” the Soviet Union, and then equating everything Soviet with Russian.

In the countries of Eastern Europe, everything started with the introduction of such installations and eventually moved on to the fact that they began to demolish monuments to Soviet soldiers. In the Czech Republic, Poland, the Baltics, they began to destroy and blot out, wielding bulldozers and crowbars, the memory of those who actually gave life to Eastern Europeans. This is no longer just Jesuit, but satanic logic.

On the whole, it is obvious that there is not just a massive, but a squall attack not only and not so much on Russia as on the truth. The West spends tens of billions of energy recruiting liars and slanderers, creating fakes and rewriting history, with one goal: to present itself as the only good and saviour. This whitewashes their past and, accordingly, the present, and at the same time creates the balancer necessary for the Western model, when the pole of evil is needed (Russia was assigned to its role – to no purpose).

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s campaign on historical revisionism of WWII and is also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about anti-Russian policies of aggressive West. According to Kremlin's policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting the historical events about WWII.

The European Parliament called the war the bloodiest tragedy of the century, which resulted in millions of victims of authoritarian regimes both of fascist Germany and the USSR. The European Parliament adopted a resolution, describing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 23 August 1939 as a key element paving the way for the outbreak of World War II. The European Parliament also paid tribute to the victims of Stalinism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. Regardless of this, the Western historians acknowledge the role played by the USSR in defeating Nazism and do not question the Soviet contribution to the victory in WWII and the status of the USSR as a country which had won in WWII. The policy of the US or the EU is not directed against Russia or any other country.

There is no proof about what happened to Litvinenko and the Skripals

We do not know who poisoned the Skripals, Litvinenko, whether they were poisoned, we do not know whether Russia did it or not. We do not know who did it, and how, and why, but I will tell you an unpopular thing, that if I received evidence that some special services did it against the now employees of another special services, I would not mind.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Skripal poisoning and the poisoning of a Russian-defector Alexander Litvinenko.

Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals has been proven via a thorough investigation. The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public. The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin with the attack on the Skripals, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents.