Disinfo: Lithuania ultimately developed a dictatorship and personality cult


Lithuania ultimately developed a dictatorship of one party and personality cult of its spiritual leader Vytautas Landsbergis. Conservatives are acting as Soviet communists and have more powers than communists in Soviet times.


Recurring Kremlin disinformation about Lithuania as a non-democratic country under dictatorial rule.

Lithuania is a democratic country, member of the European Union. Freedom House evaluates the country as “free” with a high score of democracy (90 points from 100).

Recent elections were held in Lithuania in 2020. The winner was the Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservators). Regardless, the results of elections did not allow conservators to form the government on their own. They signed the coalition agreement with the Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party.

Claim about the “personality cult” of Vytautas Landsbergis is a speculative one. Vytautas Landsbergis (born in 1932) is a well-known Lithuanian politician. He was head of Seimas in 1990-1992 and the first de facto Lithuania leader after the restoration of state independence on March 11, 1990 (more about V. Landsbergis see here). He is no longer active in the political life of Lithuania.

See other similar examples of disinformation about Lithuania: Lithuania fell into totalitarian dictatorship; The Russophobic political power in Lithuania will undermine the president; In attempts to cover up the January 13 provocation, Lithuania has transformed into the North Korea of the EU


  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania
  • Keywords: Democracy, Dictatorship, Rule of law, USSR
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Disinfo: Russia has nothing to do with the intra-Ukrainian conflict

Russian obligations under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum have nothing to do with the internal conflict in Ukraine. The loss of territorial integrity by the state [of Ukraine] occurred as a result of internal processes.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, claiming that only Ukraine and the two pro-Kremlin illegal separatists territories are warring sides in the Donbas conflict and that Russia is not part of the conflict. Consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation alleging Russia has not violated the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.

The war in Ukraine is not an internal conflict between Ukrainians but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

Disinfo: Russo-Georgian War was provoked by foreign special services

Why do you think no one can still state with 100% accuracy who started the war in August 2008? Because in reality no one knows who fired first, and there is a reasonable assumption that this was done by foreign special services and then uncontrolled processes began.


Unfounded pro-Kremlin disinformation trying to deny any Russian responsibility for the Russo-Georgian war, portraying Russia as a peacemaker and blaming the West for the war which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia.

Many international organisations condemned the further occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the CSCE statement here, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia here and the European Parliament's declaration.

Disinfo: The West was destroyed without a gunshot

Some Russian forces were pulled back from the Ukrainian border after their exercises ended, so the day marks the complete failure of the West's war propaganda, as Moscow is not launching an attack against Ukraine.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing the West of trying to provoke war with Russia.

Since late October 2021, Russia has conducted a military-build up along the Ukrainian border, including the deployment of as much as 190,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles. Despite Russian denials, this has been proven by satellite images and intelligence of the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions. The European Union has stated that it will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty.