Disinfo: Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians


Lithuania and other Baltic states are under temporary occupation by NATO. Lithuania is ruled by a group of people who are not Lithuanians at all. Generally, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine are one common territory which was illegally destroyed in 1991 as a result of the defeat in the Cold War. They are part of Russian world, and over time, Lithuania will get back to it too.


Historic revisionism and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the sovereignty of the Baltic States.  

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are sovereign countries and NATO allies.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Lithuania is occupied by NATO, that NATO buried Latvia’s and Lithuania’s independence and is currently targeting Belarus, that the West destroyed the USSR and is currently targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia, and that the Baltic States and Ukraine belong to the ’Russian world’.


  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: USSR, Russian expansionism, NATO, Conspiracy theory, Russian world, Baltic states


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Serbian media uncritically repeat false Western media reports on Russia

Western media, starting with Reuters, have misrepresented the results of regional elections in Russia. Reuters contemplated a possible “beginning of the end” for Vladimir Putin, speculated on Putin’s downfall in the 2024 presidential elections and made an unwarranted comparison to Erdoğan’s election losses in Ankara and Istanbul. The media in Serbia have uncritically repeated these conclusions, misinforming the public about the real state of affairs in Russia. That is bad and dangerous for Serbia, because marginal figures are getting media coverage, instead of those who really influence Russia’s policy, including that towards the Balkans.


These false claims were spread across two complementary reports of Sputnik Serbia, published on September 14th (“How Putin “lost” the elections in Moscow”) and September 15th (“The West is rejoicing Putin’s decline, but what really happened”). The claim that Serbian media have “blindly reprinted Western disinformation” is diametrically opposed to what actually happened.

Reuters’ report on the results of regional elections in Russia, published on September 9th, does not mention Putin’s “downfall”, nor did Reuters compare Putin to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in this, or any other report on the results of the regional elections held on September 8th in Russia.

Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine are three Russian political nations

Moscow Rus’ is torn apart between gathering the territories, isolationism, Western pressure, and an attempt to turn East. Ukrainian Rus’ and Belarusian Rus’ are turning into the frontier oscillating between different civilizations and even into the real war frontier as it happened in Donbas.

Lately the ideology of unified Russian people consisting of Belarusians, Russians, and Ukrainians is losing its popularity. A new Russian identity should deal with this new reality about three Russian states and three Russian political nations. Controversies among them can only be overcome when they have a common goal, that is perceiving themselves as one civilisation. Ukraine is not lost as long as Belarus stays with Russia. In case Belarus is weakened and falls into the situation similar to present-time Ukraine, the Russian civilisation will be shaken and the existence of Russia itself will be put in question.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about all-Russian nation and Russian world / civilization. The "all-Russian nation" is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty.

Ukraine and Belarus are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.

US adopted Hitler’s hatred towards Russia, war-preparation since 1945

According to the Russian military, it is known for a long time that Russia is the main enemy for the United States. The USA has been preparing for a war with Russia since 1945, when it adopted Hitler’s initiative of hatred towards Russia. In 1945, the US and UK developed the “Unthinkable” plan, which assumed the continuation of WWII against Russia with support of the re-armed Wehrmacht troops.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the West of continuing the anti-Russian policies of Hitler and the Nazis. See other cases covering the “Nazi” accusations against the United States and the EU – here, here and here.

After the end of WWII, the Allied forces implemented the extensive Denazification policy in Western Germany, which resulted in the destruction of the Nazi ideology.