Disinfo: The “Brussels occupation” has already cost Estonia 2.5 times more than the Russian and Soviet one


For a couple of decades in the EU, the damage from the “Brussels occupation” was 2,5 times higher than of its 300 years stay in Russia and the USSR.

The population has also decreased: from 1.57 million in 1990 to 1.32 million in 2017. The “EU occupation” of Estonia led the country to massive emigration.

Estonia is not capable to maintain its infrastructure at least at the level of so-called Soviet “occupation”.


Russia occupied Estonia from 1940-1991. It has been estimated that as many as 80,000 Estonians were deported between 1945 and 1953. More than 22 000 of them never came home, because they were murdered or died due to inhuman living conditions in imprisonment or in forced banishment. Most of them are buried in graves without names.

Massive immigration from Russia and other parts of the U.S.S.R. decreased the indigenous proportion of the population. Before the war ethnic Estonians made up almost 90 percent of the population. By 1990 the proportion had sunk to about 60 percent. The highest decrease of Estonian population is registered during 1991-2010 and it was mainly caused by the emigration of ethnic Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians. According to Statistics Estonia, the population of Estonia is now increasing.

According to the Statistics Estonia, the length of asfalt highways has increased from 8016 km in 1991 to 11 880 km in 2017. For example, in 2017 an EU-funded project replaced 40-year-old electric trains that had reached the end of their usefulness with modern, efficient models. Ratings for Estonia's transport infrastructure have improved across all modes of transport. Read more about EU funded projects in Estonia here. According to the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Estonia’s prosperity has grown during the time of membership of the EU".


  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Estonia
  • Keywords: EU, USSR, Occupation


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

Belarusians are part of Russian people whereas Polish latin alphabet is used in Minsk metro

The concept of Russkiy mir, The Russian World, is an all-Russian nationm consisting of Great Russians, Little Russians (Ukrainians), Belarusians and Rusyns. As a result of cultural and information warfare carried by Anglo-Saxons the number of Russian speakers decreased at 50 million people over the last 20 years. Moldova chose a Latin alphabet, Kazakhstan will soon follow the case, while in Belarus a Polish type of Latin alphabet is used in metro and at road signs.


The All-Russian nation is an Imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology which at present-time is one pro-Kremlin narratives aimed at weakening national identity of Belarusian and Ukrainians and these countries' sovereignty.

The number of Russian speakers decreased not as a result of actions by external forces but mostly as a consequence of natural decrease of population in the countries where Russian is widely spoken, foremost in Russia. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on intentional ban of Russian by the west.

Moldova ready to abandon Transnistria for EU and NATO

Moldova is pushing Transnistria towards Russia.


Moldova is ready to abandon Transnistria for its EU integration and cooperation with NATO, said Andrian Candu, speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.


No evidence given.

In fact, Andrian Candu, speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, said in an interview that there are several conditions that may force Russia to end its control of the Transnistrian region. In his opinion, Moldova could provide Russia some guarantees that it will not join NATO or unite with Romania, that the rights of the Russian minority will be respected. "I am sure that once - although, unfortunately, not tomorrow and, apparently, not in the near future - but in the medium term we will be able to agree on the return of Transnistria in the status of autonomy and the beginning of reintegration", said Candu.

Moldova receives refugees refused by EU

Moldova accepted the first refugees from Bangladesh, whom Italy refused. Although their asylum status has not yet been determined, Chisinau is preparing to receive guests, developing a special mechanism for such cases. Despite the quota set for accepting migrants, Italy, which is a member of the European Union, has not yet accepted any. Will the flow of migrants be redirected from Italy to Moldova, which is not even a member of the EU and does not even have the necessary resources for it?.




Recurring narrative about immigration imposed on Moldova by the EU in a similar electoral context. No evidence given that the asylum seekers had had their application denied by Italian authorities (or even that they had made one).

Moldova is implementing a readmission agreement with the EU, thanks to which it benefits from the liberalised visa regime. According to this agreement, Moldova is obliged to accept back only those persons who illegally enter the territory of the EU through the Moldovan territory