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How a social media joke became anti-NATO propaganda in Estonia

By Urve Eslas, for CEPA A Russian propaganda website has turned a local joke about the Estonian-Russian border fence into an anti-NATO narrative directed at Estonia’s ethnic Russians. After an 11 May TV news broadcast showed Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid visiting the Estonian-Russian boundary, a few social media users shared observations about the border fence. Some noted that the barrier’s upper metal brackets were turned not towards Russian, but Estonian

Small time propagandists

Written by Inga Spriņģe, Re:Baltica Who is polluting the Baltic internet in Russian? U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to end financing for the Baltic states. This screaming headline was published in March 2017 by the website rubaltic.ru which resembles a news portal and operates under the auspices of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Russia. The task was to create the impression that the U.S., which is

Sputnik’s unknown brother

By Inga Spriņģe, Sanita Jemberga, Re:Baltica Three Baltic Russian-language news sites known collectively as Baltnews are secretly linked to the Kremlin’s global propaganda network. Three years ago, the Kremlin decided to power up its propaganda efforts and created Sputnik News, a younger brother to the globally-known TV channel RT. The new multimedia news agency opened offices around the world, including in the three Baltic capitals. Meanwhile, another news portal for

Sputnik Has New Troubles in Baltics

Compiled by Liga Rudzite, TOL News agencies in Estonia and Latvia cease their cooperation with the Baltic branches of Russian government-controlled news agency.  In this day of collapsing revenues for many media, it’s not often one hears of an outlet refusing to sell its services to a client. But that’s what happened this week in not one, but two Baltic countries. On 1 March, Sputnik Estonia reported receiving a letter

On Ukrainians’ request, Estonian bookstores pull Russian propaganda books

Following a protest from local Ukrainian organizations, Estonia’s two largest bookselling chains pulled literature, which according to the Ukrainian organizations defames Ukraine and justifies Russia’s aggressive foreign policy, informs LETA/BNS. Representatives of the Ukrainian community of Estonia expressed their concerns in a letter to the managers of the Apollo and Rahva Raamat bookstore chains over the availability in both chains of a large number of propaganda books in Russian language that

Kremlin’s infowar in the Baltics

Moscow switches from unfriendly rhetoric to state-sponsored lies Vladimir Sazonov for StopFake.org One of the main components of a hybrid or non-linear warfare is the information and psychological influence. The purpose of these information operations as part of a hybrid war is the impact on a target audience, its mind control, and the influence on people’s emotions. Such operations are very harmful and dangerous. They must be fought depending on

The Baltic Elves Taking on Pro-Russian Trolls

What at first looked like as a social media grudge match could be a precursor to invasion, war and resistance in the Baltics, Michail Weiss wrote for The Daily Beast. My elf was on time and surprisingly tall. Mindaugas is an unassuming, thirty-something advertising agency director by day, and a ferocious cyber-warrior by night. He started a phenomenon, here in Lithuania, of countering Kremlin propaganda and disinformation on the Internet.

Kremlin’s Millions

With one hand, Kremlin strangles non-governmental organizations in Russia. With another, it generously supports the defenders of its interests in the Baltics. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin knows what poses the greatest threat to the domestic stability in his country: it comes from foreign-sponsored nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) who serve as agents of the Russia’s enemies. In a speech earlier this year to the board of the Federal Security Service, Russia’s successor

Life In The Fog

Compared to Soviet propaganda, which targeted ideological supporters of socialism and communism, Putin’s propaganda machine targets individuals who hold different – often conflicting – worldviews. Scanning sources for a new documentary film about Russian propaganda, I stumbled upon a site called Information agency . Published in Latvian, the site promised to deliver news, analysis, and translated articles. Neither the agency’s address nor names of its authors were listed the site. Many

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