Disinfo: One million Latvian citizens boycotted the EU elections

Summary

One million Latvian citizens boycotted the EU elections.

Disproof

Manipulative headline. We do not know about the motives of the people who did not cast their ballot.

Turnout in Latvia was 33.5%, a slight improvement on the previous figure of 27% in 2014, but far behind the 54% participation rate a decade ago.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia
  • Keywords: EU elections 2019
  • Outlet: Baltijas Balss (BB)
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Russians and Ukrainians are one nation

Russians and Ukrainians are one nation.

The West has always tried to divide us, divide Soviet nations after the war using shortages, problems, antagonism.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood and Ukrainian nation.

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality and language.

The Notre-Dame fire might have been a terror attack

Could the Notre Dame fire in Paris be a terror-attack kept secret from the people? Could be, and the motive for this secrecy is obvious. EU elections take place in few weeks’ time. If just before the election the public would be informed that for example Muslims have burned one of the most remarkable buildings in Europe, this would have an impact on the outcome of the elections. This is a big motive to keep the real cause of the fire a secret.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation about the causes of the Notre Dame of Paris fire.

The cause of the fire at Notre Dame is not yet clear, the investigation is ongoing. According to the official investigation, most likely an accident occurred due to renovation works activity, which started more then one year ago at Notre-Dame. In particular, according to firemen, the fire started in the area under renovation. The fire began from a spire which was encircled in scaffolding.

Ukrainian and Belarusian national clothes as tools of destruction of the Russian state

Belarusians, Ukrainians and Russians are part of the Russian people. The differences between Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian vyshivankas (national embroidered clothes) are exaggerated. The focus on insignificant differences and politicization of this issue inevitably result in the rise of Nationalism, followed by Nazism. Ukrainian and — lately— Belarusian national clothes are anti-Russian tools. Their popularization aims to destroy statehoods, including the Russian statehood. Anyone who attempts to politicize the issue of vyshivanka should be criminally persecuted for assault on constitutional order.

Only one scenario will prevent Ukraine and Belarus from sliding into Nazism through the politicisation of national clothes: if the two countries become a Russian western federal area without a right for self-determination.

Disproof

The allegation that popularization of national clothes in Ukraine and Belarus targets Russia's statehood is ungrounded conspiracy. This message contains Russian irredentist ideology of All-Russian nation and is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Ukraine and Nazism, and West's attempts to destabilize Belarus and to push it to follow the 'Ukraine's path'.

The All-Russian nation is an Imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology which at present-time is one pro-Kremlin narratives aimed at weakening national identity of Belarusian and Ukrainians and these countries' 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.