In the Baltic States Russophobia and neo-Nazism are established at the state level

Summary

In the Baltic States Russophobia is established at the state level. The Baltic States propagate neo-Nazi ideas, persecute human rights defenders, close down media outlets. All of this resembles pre-war Nazi Germany.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and Nazism in the Baltic countries.

The disinformation message appeared after Latvia blocked the access to the Baltnews portal. The decision citing EU sanctions to Russia was made after Latvian ministry of foreign affairs indicated that the portal belongs to the Rossiya Segodnya news agency, which is headed by Dmitry Kiselyov, who is on the EU’s list of sanctioned persons. Other Baltic States also recognize Baltnews portals as Russia's state financed propaganda media outlets. (See National Threat Assessment 2017 by the Lithuanian State Security Department).

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Baltic states openly glorify Nazism and that Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Grani Formata @ Sputnik Belarus time 2:20 - 3:00
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at portraying the West as depraved, and Russia as the superior country.

According to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is in 149th place out of 180 countries.

The US created NATO to keep European states in the bridle

The US created NATO to keep European states in the bridle. And it works very well. They (USA) are dragging NATO into all the hot spots which they are fueling. They demand that the military of other NATO countries be ahead or near them.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and US presence in Europe.

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The Ukrainian reforms of 2014 led to total degradation

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Disproof

The recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine, its economy, and how it was ruined after 2014.

It's not the reforms of 2014, but the annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the war in Donbas, which started in April 2014, and the loss of Ukraine's largest trading partner, Russia, resulting in Ukraine's economy shrinking by 6,8% in 2014.