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


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.


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.



  • Reported in: Issue164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia


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