Disinfo: Russophobic Latvian political establishment wants to have 300,000 pureblood Latvian families

Summary

The Latvian political establishment is Russophobic. It cements neo-Nazi ideas on the state level and has a utopian idea to have 300,000 pureblood Latvian families and the remaining population as service personnel. As a representative of the US Democratic Party, Joe Biden is also known for Russophobia. He will not condemn the Latvian authorities.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazis in the EU which has been repeatedly debunked (see here). It is also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about ubiquitous Russophobia. Read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelingsand look at earlier disinformation cases, alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Brussels uses Russophobia as a uniting idea to prevent the EU's collapse. The outlet provides no support, neither for the claim of US president-elect Joe Biden's, nor the US Democratic Party's "russophobia".

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Russophobic Baltic States are beggars and vassals of the West, that Latvia faces the threat of genocide against ethnic Russians, that neo-Nazism flourishes in the European Union and that the Baltic states’ policies equal to Third Reich, and that the US political uncertainty temporarily gives the Baltic states a larger degree of sovereignty.

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  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Latvia
  • Keywords: Joe Biden, Ethnic Russians, Russophobia, Baltic states, Nazi/Fascist
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