Disinfo: Estonia is totalitarian country


Not even in Arab states we have ran into such a totalitarian system as in Estonia.

There you have it: your Europe and the European democracy you praise!


The repeated disinformation narrative that there is no freedom of speech in the Baltic countries and that censorship flourishes there.

Estonia is a country in which democratic institutions are strong and political and civil rights in Estonia are widely respected. In the 2019 Freedom House report, Estonia scored 94 points out of a possible 100. Russia, in terms of democracy, is near the bottom of the rating and scored 20 points out of 100.

Freedom of speech in Estonia is guaranteed by the Constitution, laws and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In the world ranking of "Reporters Without Borders", Estonia ranks 11th for freedom of speech out of 180 countries. At the same time, Russia is in 149th place.

See previous disinformation cases about Estonia here.


  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Estonia
  • Keywords: fake news, Democracy, Freedom of speech, Baltic states


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.

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