Disinfo: Russian people in the Baltic States are forced to speak the local languages


It is not normal when in the Baltic States a large number of Russian people are called a minority and are forced to speak exclusively the local languages.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about discrimination of Russian language speakers in the Baltic States and Russophobia there. See most recent stories on the alleged suppression of Russian language in Lithuania and Latvia.



  • Reported in: Issue156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Estonia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russian language, Russophobia, Baltic states


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Russians are not able to defend the Russian language in Belarus and Ukraine

Many people resent that Russians are not able to defend the Russian language on Belarusian and Ukrainian territories in such a way so that everyone speaks Russian there.


No evidence given. A recurring narrative on the suppression of the Russian language in the former Soviet republics which are independent states at the present time.

The Russian language has the official status in Belarus. In practice, the majority of official correspondence, state media and education in Belarus operate in Russian. See a previous story on this topic here.

The only benefit from the Association Agreement with the EU for Moldovans is the ability to care for the elderly in Italy

A permanent political crisis is a reality for Moldova. A civil war which resulted in the establishment of the unrecognised Transnistrian Republic and the so called colour revolution of 2009 are manifestations of the crisis. The EU-Moldova Association Agreement (AA) has turned out to be very disadvantageous for Moldovans. After the signing, painful economic and political transformations took place in the country, yet Moldovans have not profited from the agreement except for the new possibilities to go to the EU in order to clean houses or care for the elderly in Italy.


This message misrepresents the balance of losses and benefits from the AA/DCFTA for Moldova. The Association Agreement between the EU and Moldova was signed in June 2014 and has been in full effect since July 2016. EU imports from Moldova increased from EUR 1.3b in 2016 to EUR 1.9b in 2018.

The DCFTA allows for the removal of import duties for most goods traded between the EU and Moldova and provides for broad mutual access to trade in services for both partners. It also allows both EU and Moldovan companies to create a subsidiary or a branch office on a non-discriminatory basis. This means that they receive the same treatment as domestic companies in the partner's (EU and Moldovan) market when setting up a business.