Disinfo: As many Estonians have moved to Western Europe, the country suffers a decline in workforce

Summary

Over the last few years, significant numbers of Estonian working-age people have moved to Western Europe to look for more lucrative jobs. As a result, the country is faced with a sharp decline in workforce.

Disproof

No evidence is given to support this claim. On the contrary, according to Statistics Estonia, this is not the case: "In 2018, Estonia’s net migration was positive for the fourth year in a row. 17,547 persons took up residence in Estonia and 10,476 persons left Estonia. (…) The number of working-age people (20–64 years old) increased by 6,270 persons as a result of migration."

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  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Estonian
  • Country: Estonia
  • Keywords: migration, Economic difficulties
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Ukraine failed to withdraw its armed forces according to Steinmeier formula

The so-called Steinmeier formula has its first failure. It’s about last week’s agreement that Ukraine and the self-proclaimed republics will withdraw their armed forces. They promised to begin from two settlements in Donbas – Petrovskyy and Zolotoye. What happened instead? Petrovskyy was shelled by the Ukrainian security officers. In Zolotoye they carry out a certain operation of the combined forces.

Disproof

One of the pro-Kremlin messages about the Kyiv government sabotaging peace in the Donbas region. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine. According to the daily report by the SMM OSCE, the Mission recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but those violations were fixed from both sides. The same situation is with the withdrawal of forces. The SMM OSCE saw 16 weapons in violation of withdrawal lines on both sides of the contact line. Specifically, Steinmeier's formula calls for elections to be held in the separatist-held territories under Ukrainian legislation and the supervision of the OSCE. The withdrawal of forces is the other step that should be done before the planned elections. "There won't be any elections there if the troops are still there," said the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Missile defence system was deployed in Romania without permission

NATO became the tool of foreign policy for the US. Once the state becomes a NATO member, nobody is asking it for permission to deploy certain types of armament. This is how the missile defence system was deployed in Romania and the same is going to happen in Poland.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives on NATO and US global role. This is an example of a narrative shift about the deployment of missile defence systems in Romania and Poland. Before, it was claimed that the US is deploying systems that are capable of launching Tomahawk-type cruise missiles, prohibited by the INF agreement. In fact, both Romania and Poland agreed to host missile defence systems. In 2010, Romania agreed to host Standard Missile 3 interceptor. As for Poland, Poland and the US signed agreement on the deployment of ground-based ballistic missile defence interceptors on the territory of Poland in 2008, but the project was cancelled following a fierce response from the Polish government. Instead, Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence System (AABMDS) will be deployed in an anti-missile station in Redzikowo, expected to be completed in 2020.

Ukraine will legalise marijuana to manipulate the citizens

In Ukraine, a law on the legalisation of marijuana is ready. Slowly, but surely, the country is moving towards the drug dope. Drugs help manipulate the masses, and this mild aggression has long since been adopted by the Western elites, which is why they are now turning their gazes towards the post-Soviet space.

Disproof

There is currently no item on the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the review of the legalisation of medical cannabis in the country. This fact was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who said that now is not the time to legalise marijuana in Ukraine. In the spring, a petition appeared in Ukraine demanding the legalisation of marijuana for medical use, the document collected the necessary number of signatures from citizens. The Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-ethnic Relations supported the petition. On May 20, the Parliament registered draft law No. 10313 “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding Ensuring the Fundamental Human Right to Life,” which regulates the use of cannabis for the needs of medicine and science. In August, the draft law was revoked. Read more cases on legalising marijuana and drug issues here.