Disinfo: Russian-speaking communities in the Baltic states are discriminated just as Afro-Americans

Summary

Russian-speaking minorities in the Baltic states have the same status as Afro-Americans. The authorities introduce bans on the Russian language and discriminate against the Russian-speaking population. Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians in the Baltic states are turning into marginalised, segregated, and discriminated minorities.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about discrimination of the Russian-speaking minority and ubiquitous Russophobia in the Baltic states and beyond. For background, read our analysis The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and look at earlier disinformation cases alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Lithuania is NATO's dog barking at Belarus and Russia.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Latvia instigates linguistic genocide against Russian-speaking citizens, that genocide against ethnic Russians / Russian-speaking population in Anglo-Saxon-ruled Latvia is possible, that Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians, and that Baltic states' policies are similar to Third Reich's.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states, US
  • Keywords: Russian language, Baltic states

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The West plans to include Belarus into anti-Russian alliance and organise a colour revolution in Russia

The West attempts to tear Belarus away from Russian sphere of influence and to make it part of a new anti-Russian alliance. NATO will be standing behind the back of this new Rzeczpospolita uniting Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. Consequently the West will plan a colour revolution in Russia.

 

Disproof

This is mixture of conspiracies consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about NATO's belligerence towards Russia, Western attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations and plans to organise a colour revolution in Russia. It mentions the concept of a new Rzeczpospolita which is often used in propaganda cases alleging Poland's imperialist plans for Ukraine and Belarus.

The claim about NATO planning to engage Belarus in anti-Russian activities is speculation. NATO does not provoke conflicts between sovereign countries and the West does not plan a colour revolution in Russia. As our earlier analysis explains, the Kremlin conjures the image of a belligerent and imperialist West, thus manufacturing a fictional adversary.

Poland risked the death of 100 military pilots after breaking off relations with Russia

Due to a deterioration in relations with Russia, Polish military pilots were under a real threat for seven years. Such conclusions follow from the journalistic investigation of the Polish publication Onet, which analysed the cause of the crash of the MiG-29 of the Polish Air Force. They flew faulty planes because Polish military factories and manufacturers of Russian fighters didn’t cooperate, and as a result, Polish engineers didn’t have proper details for the maintenance.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "Russophobia", and how it leads to negative consequences.

Polish media did not say that the possible catastrophe was due to bad relations with Russia. Instead, in November 2019, the Military Affairs Department of the Gdańsk District Prosecutor's Office filed charges against two technicians “responsible for the development and production of a replacement part of the ring shear for a catapult seat, the technical parameters of which deviated from the original ones".

Ukraine is Britain’s foothold for aggression against Russia

Great Britain became “closely engaged” in Ukraine after the Maidan, since it considers it as a foothold for aggression against Russia.

Disproof

No evidence is provided. This narrative is consistent with common pro-Kremlin narratives about the aggressive West and Ukraine as a non-sovereign country.

Ukraine is recognised by international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The EU, the US, and other Western partners support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.