Disinfo: Baltic states organize provocations against their Russian-speaking population

Summary

The Baltic countries have long been organising provocations against the Russian-speaking population living there to receive a reaction and then to immediately complain to Western allies about the “Russian threat”. The promotion of a “Russian threat” helps the Baltic countries to achieve domestic and foreign political goals.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in the Baltic States. See similar previous disinformation cases: No freedom of speech in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia; Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania. In 2018 Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia ranked respectively 14th, 20th and 23rd out of 162 states in the global Human Freedom Index, which, among other things, measures freedom of association, assembly, and civil society; freedom of expression and information; freedom identity and relationships. Russia ranked 119th.

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  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia
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International terrorism is the result of a liberal world order.

Disproof

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Russophobia is an integral part of the UK foreign policy

Throughout the history of modern Europe, the United Kingdom used the doctrine of Russophobia as an integral part of its foreign policy.

Disproof

No evidence provided. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything. For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings. Read a chronology of key events in UK-Russia relations.

9/11: The WTC7 building was blown up professionally

9/11: The WTC7 building was blown up professionally.

The study (…) does not focus on the collapse of the 400-metre-high twin towers WTC1 and WTC2, but on the case of the much lower WTC7, which was not rammed by an aircraft. Nevertheless, the 186-metre-high tower collapsed in just seven seconds. (…) The WTC7 building was most likely blown up professionally.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, no evidence was presented. It relays a recurring narrative that suggests the US government's involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The 9/11 conspiracy theories have been refuted several times including by the “9-11 Commission" conducted by the US legislators. The study quoted by Sputnik does not claim that 'the WTC7 building was blown up professionally'. See other examples of this narrative here, here and here.