Disinfo: Veterans of the Leningrad blockade are forbidden to wear medals and to talk about the war

Summary

Estonia has forbidden veterans of the Leningrad blockade to wear medals and to talk about the war.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about censorship in the Baltic states. According to recent data, freedom of speech is not impaired in the Baltic countries. In the Freedom in the World index, Estonia is marked as a free country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Estonia, Baltic states
  • Keywords: Censorship, Freedom of speech
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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