Disinfo: Suppression of media freedom is the norm in the Baltic States

Summary

Suppression of media freedom and violation of the rights of national minorities have become a norm in the Baltic States. Extremist parties, movements and groups that spread the ideology of Nazism, racial superiority, discrimination and xenophobia are feeling more and more at ease.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Baltic States. Consistent with the narrative that the West is dominated by fascist/ Nazi groups and ideology.

Estonia ranks 11th in the World Press Freedom Index, 2019. Latvia and Lithuania rank 24th and 30th accordingly. Russia currently ranks 149th out of 180 countries, one place down since the last year.

Painting the Baltic States as Nazis is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic.

See related examples of disinformation cases here, here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Baltic states
  • Keywords: Censorship, Freedom of speech, Sputnik
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The West collectively develops a hostile attitude towards Russia

Russia, along with China, is still considered a rival, if not an enemy. Russia is still accused of all kinds of invented, unproven sins, from interference in internal affairs and elections to assassinations.

There has been no qualitative change in the collective West’s attitude towards Russia. The hostile attitude of the collective West towards Russia obviously refutes the ‘Westlessness’ thesis. The West appears united here. While dollar bills have “In God We Trust” written on them, the West could sum up its attitude towards Russia in the words: “In hostility towards Russia we unite”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and about Western belligerence towards Russia.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications and cooperation with Russia. For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest."

West is increasingly decadent, will look like Sodom and Gomorrah in the future

American society and the entire West are showing increasing signs of moral, human and material decadence. Their future will be not be peace and prosperity, but will look more like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West’s moral decadence, materialism and hostility to traditional religion, which Western governments allegedly seek to undermine and to replace with pseudo-religions (such as LGBT ideology).

These narratives aim at portraying the West as depraved, an immoral actor that fights against traditional values, promotes deviant sexual behavior and endangers societies.

MH17 investigation is falling apart

As the [MH17] trial begins, the case literally starts falling apart before our eyes.

For more than 5 years now the world government has been trying to find any kind of excuse to blame Russia for the catastrophe.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - which is comprised of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service officials and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.