Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania

Summary

The Baltic States are demonizing Russia, blaming it for occupation, demanding reparations, and brainwashing young generations that there is an enemy in their neighborhood. They are trying to erase from memory every mention of Russia and the Soviet Union. They are bothered by monuments for the soldier-liberators who saved the Baltics from fascism.

Today they also want to erase the great sports achievements and all memory of the USSR around the world.

The main topic of debates in the Lithuanian parliament is a sports jersey. They are calling upon all of the world to prohibit Soviet symbols. Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in the Baltic States.

The disinformation message appeared after several members of the Lithuanian Parliament asked a sports-apparel company to stop the sales of Soviet-themed clothing. Last year the company pulled Soviet-themed shirts from its online store after facing international criticism.

The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania and other Baltic States in 1940-1941 and 1944-1990.

Lithuania's main exports are mineral fuels as well as machinery, including computers.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Baltic states, Lithuania
  • Keywords: USSR, Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Izvestia Glavnoe @ 5 Kannal (0:00 - 02:37)
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Ukraine is an anti-Russian state under Western control

Ukraine is best at selling anti-Russian, Russophobic sentiments and mobilising anti-Russian feelings. By exercising this role, it is forgiven many sins [by the West] in its internal policy, economics and corruption. The only reason for this is that it must work against Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West's strategy of encircling Russia and anti-Russian sentiments in the West.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government, and without any anti-Russian policy. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. The EU and the US work closely with Ukraine. Their relations are directed at improving their cooperation in all fields and are not orientated against Russia.

Georgian snipers were involved in Euromaidan protests in Kyiv

Ukrainian and Georgian political elites are interconnected in many ways, […]  not to mention such examples as the Georgian snipers at Euromaidan.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the snipers at the Euromaidan were directed by the Maidan leaders, and that they were Georgian.

No evidence is given to prove that “Georgian snipers” were responsible for shooting during the 2014 Euromaidan in Kyiv. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has spread different versions of the identity of the snipers.

Protests in Georgia are a coup d’état

Whilst understanding the sensitivities of the Georgians, the current occasion, which was based on a “protocol error” from the host (Georgian) side, as they later admitted, seems rather null and void for such riots.

We think this action was planned, because dozens of cameras were set up at lightning speed. People who came to the meeting demonstrated with pre-prepared posters with dirty, offensive, anti-Russian content. It was obvious that it was not the orthodox forum, to which Georgia itself applied for participation, that was the cause of the riots, but an attempted coup d’état and occupation of Parliament.

Disproof

No evidence given to support the claim that the protests were pre-planned and intended as an attempted coup d'état.

This is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting civil uprisings in other states as externally-funded "colour revolutions" or geopolitical engineering, used for example in reference to Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and Venezuela. It is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its imperialistic global role.