Disinfo: Lithuania is ruled by a Russophobic minority

Summary

Lithuania is ruled by a minority under the control of the “Landsbergis's group”. Russophobia becomes national policy and even a national idea of the state. Lithuania is limiting the area of usage of the Russian language.

Disproof

Recurring narratives about Russophobia in Lithuania.

The claim about the “Russophobic minority” in the political power in Lithuania is groundless. Similarly, “Landsbergis's group” does not exist. The claim is linked to two well-known Lithuanian politicians: current minister of foreign affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis (see more information about him here) and his grandfather Vytautas Landsbergis (see more information about him here).

Lithuania has only one official state language - Lithuanian. Nevertheless, people in Lithuania can use in private communication any other language, including Russian. Information in the Russian language is also not restricted. Russian speaking people in Lithuania can watch Russian TV channels on the local cable networks, listen to Russian-language radio programmes of public broadcaster LRT, or read Russian versions of internet media LRT or DELFI.

See similar cases about Russophobia in Lithuania: Lithuania is supporting Russophobia and anti-Semitism; Lithuania supports anti-Russian gatherings; Russia should economically punish Lithuania for anti-Russian policy.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Lithuanian, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Russia
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Anti-Russian, Russian language
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Disproof

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Disproof

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