Disinfo: Russian media is being persecuted in Baltic countries for spreading the historical truth

Summary

Recently, the Estonian authorities made a new attempt to squeeze the Russia Today agency out of the country. Russian media is being persecuted in Baltic countries for spreading the historical truth.

Disproof

Estonia is on the 11th place of Reporters without Borders Press freedom index. Estonia has not blocked Sputnik Estonia's website, as it is accessible and operational. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu has emphasized that Estonia has not taken any measures against the portal's media content: "They are financial sanctions aimed at economic activity. I believe it to be justified. We have notified the European Commission's Legal Service. European agencies have said in the Commission that steps taken by Estonia in exercising sanctions policy are warranted."

Sputnik was created by a Presidential decree with the aim to “report on the state policy of Russia abroad”. Numerous reports have described how top managers from all the large government-controlled outlets and some influential private media attend the weekly meetings where "media managers receive guidelines that “help” them not to overstep the Kremlin’s so-called “double white lines”".

The EU vs Disinfo team has found 49 different Sputnik websites from all over the world and 31 of them are in the Disinfrormation cases database, meaning those outlets have been reported publishing disinformation. Sputnik Estonia is represented in that database both in Estonian and in Russian languages.

Article 2 of the Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine foresees freezing the assets of Dmitry Kiselyov, the Director General of Rossiya Segodnya. As a result, Estonian banks froze accounts of Rossiya Segodnya and the Financial Intelligence Unit informed persons employed or contracted by Rossiya Segodnya that knowing performance of work or services to a sanctioned person was forbidden.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Estonia
  • Keywords: Dmitry Kiselyov, Sputnik, Baltic states
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Disproof

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MH17: Ukraine conceals evidence confirming its guilt

Ukraine still hides evidence against itself in the tragedy with the Malaysian Boeing of the flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukrainian territory during the hot phase of the civil war in Donbas.

Disproof

This is one of the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the MH17 crash on 17 July 2014.

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Trudeau unusually active regarding the downed flight PS752 because the victim of the crash was a Canadian intelligence officer

News Front has obtained the passport photo of an alleged Canadian spy killed in the plane crash. This is why a neoliberal Justin Trudeau has immediately blamed Iran for the tragedy. His unnatural activity and appeal for “intelligence material” endorses this version.

Disproof

No proof is given. The photo, allegedly of a Canadian intelligence officer, shows one of the victims of the crash of flight PS752. It was not obtained by News Front. The photo, among others, from the crash site was published in the official web site of the President of Ukraine on January 11th, one day before News Front.

63 Canadians were on board of the downed jet, there is nothing unusual about the Canadian Prime Minister's interest in the case.