Disinfo: Swedish military exercises with wooden silhouettes, representing Russian soldiers

Summary

According to the US newspaper Wall Street Journal, the Swedish military on the island of Gotland exercised last autumn with wooden silhouettes, representing soldiers of the 76th guard airborne division of Russia’s Armed Forces.

Disproof

A misleading interpretation of a text of an article in Wall Street Journal to support a narrative of Russia, being surrounded by aggressive powers. The newspaper emphasises that the silhouettes, used for target practice, bear no insignia or flag patches.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Sweden
  • Keywords: Military, Military exercise, Encircling Russia
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Lithuania is denying the obvious. It could not recognise truth because during events of January 13, 1991, in Vilnius, it was the provocation of Lithuanian nationalist against people of Lithuania.

These events in Lithuania are interpreted as the arbitrariness of the Soviet army. But in these times Lithuania was not independent of USSR, its independence was not recognised by any other state.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative about Independence movement of Lithuania and events of January 13, 1991.

Lithuania proclaimed independence on March 11, 1990. Moscow tried to foil the secession with an economic blockade. When that proved ineffective, Soviet troops still garrisoned in the capital Vilnius, attacked its TV broadcast tower and sole TV station, killing civilians standing as human shields there. The events of January 13, 1991, and the offences committed by the USSR troops have been extensively documented.