Disinfo: Notion of the non-citizens was invented in the Baltic countries to limit the legal rights of the people that live there

Summary

It is hard to believe that hundreds of thousands of people have been declared non-citizens in a modern civilised society. Such a category does not even exist – it is not envisaged by international law. There are citizens, people with dual citizenship or without any, but the notion of “non-citizens” has never existed. It was invented in the Baltic countries to limit the legal rights of the people that live there. — This is why we are in dialogue with our partners in the EU in the hope that eventually they will be ashamed that while they pay attention to human rights violations beyond the EU, they allow flagrant violations of human rights on EU territory. Latvia discriminates Russian-speakers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the Baltic countries discriminating the Russian-speaking minority. The disinformation refers to situation in Latvia. It is the position of the Republic of Latvia that non-citizens of Latvia are not stateless persons. The special temporary status "former citizens of the USSR without the citizenship of the Republic of Latvia or any other country" was introduced by Latvian authorities following the collapse of the Soviet Union to a group of persons, who had immigrated during the period of Soviet occupation and who lost their USSR citizenship after the dissolution of the Soviet Union but who had never been citizens of the Republic of Latvia or their descendants and were permanently residing in Latvia. Non-citizens enjoy equal protection under the law both in Latvia and while living or travelling abroad, and are the only group of persons, in addition to citizens, who are granted permanent residence in Latvia ex lege. Non-citizens are able to become citizens of Latvia through a simple naturalization procedure, and currently more than 142,000 persons have been granted citizenship of the Republic of Latvia in this manner. The percentage of non-citizens has dropped to 12% (257 377) in July 2015 compared to 29% (approximately 730 000) in 1995. www.mfa.gov.lv/en/policy/society-integration/citizenship-in-latvia/citizenship-policy-in-latvia/basic-facts-about-citizenship-and-language-policy-of-latvia-and-some-sensitive-history-related-issues, Since 2008, Russia has allowed Latvian and Estonian non-citizens to travel without visa to Russia, which makes not becoming a citizen of Latvia or Estonia a favourable option for some. Further debunking by the Insider theins.ru/antifake/105518, Updated 27 November to clarify that "it is the position of the Republic of Latvia that non-citizens of Latvia are not stateless persons".

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  • Reported in: Issue 111
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/06/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Latvian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Baltic states, Russia, Latvia
  • Keywords: Human rights, European Union, Russian language, Ethnic Russians
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Blaming Russia instead of Ukraine for the MH17 tragedy is Russophobia and demonization of Russia

To blame Russia for the downing of MH17 and not Ukraine is demonization of Russia. It’s pure Russophobia. … During four years the investigators have been engaged in it – well, to say you the truth, without any participation of Russia, but I hope they are honest investigators – and till now, they cannot find anything! And then, suddenly, they took a decision to explain everything at once! This is Russophobia.

Disproof

Russophobia is often used by pro-Kremlin outlets to discredit any criticism of the Kremlin euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/,

The Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. https://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@96068/jit-flight-mh17-shot/

Dispatcher is responsible for MH17 tragedy

It is the flight dispatching that is responsible for the entire flight, for the passage of the aircraft. If there is a national conflict and air defence weapons are used – not only light weapons, but air defence systems – if there is a risk of the aircraft being shot down, it is obligatory to close the airspace for flights.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on MH17. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=mh17&disinfo_issue=&date=, The airspace was closed over the area up to 32,000 feet. The commercial flight MH17 was passing the area at 33,000 feet. There was nothing to suggest at the time that the presumed ill-equipped pro-Russian separatists would have access to sophisticated weapons that would be able to shoot down an airplane at that height. euvsdisinfo.eu/retracing-the-steps-of-a-disinformation-campaign/,

The Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. https://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@96068/jit-flight-mh17-shot/

Ukraine is increasing its military presence in Donbas and is preparing a major provocation

Ukraine is increasing its military presence in Donbas and is preparing a major provocation.

Disproof

No evidence of any war preparations, and no independent sources confirm this. www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/reports,

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian aggression against Russia. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77110&date= More on the fighting in Eastern Ukraine: https://www.rferl.org/a/29241384.html