Tag "Estonia"

Disinformation Groundhog Day

By EU vs Disinfo It is Groundhog Day in the world of pro-Kremlin disinformation, with WWII revisionism and the coronavirus continuing to dominate our disinfo caseload this week. According to Punxsutaney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, winter will be ending early this year. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Kremlin’s persistent disinformation efforts surrounding World War II and the coronavirus outbreak – shadows that even poor Phil

Attacking Estonia instead of paying office rent

By EU vs Disinfo The pro-Kremlin media has launched an aggressive campaign against Estonia, since the Russian state information bureau Sputnik ran into problems for failing to pay the rent for its office. “Sputnik is the victim of an unprecedented persecution“, “Estonia oppresses Russian media“. The Sputnik editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has called on the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid “to prevent the arrest of Sputnik Estonia employees“. Sputnik is quoting Iranian,

In combatting Russian disinformation, BBC news standards don’t work, Tsybulenko says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia “In the struggle with Russian disinformation, the so-called ‘BBC standards’ of journalism not only do not work but on the contrary are exceptionally destructive,” regularly giving Moscow victories it does not deserve and must not gain, according to Evhen Tsybulenko. The professor at Tallinn Technical University and co-editor of the important new book, The Use of Force Against Ukraine and International Law (The Hague,

Russian Foreign Ministry denies the Soviet Union occupied Estonia

By Polygraph Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson “On this subject, we would like to again emphasize that Russia’s position remains the same: we find it unacceptable to even use the term “Soviet occupation,” a construct some try to use to interpret the liberation of European nations from Nazi enslavement. Therefore, we also reject these legally void claims against Russia.” Source: Russian Foreign Ministry, September 20, 2019 False The Soviet

Fake: EU Turns Blind Eye to Russian Passport Distribution in Donbas

Lithuania and Estonia are the only two European Union countries willing to “ruin relations with Russia” and speak out against the Kremlin issuing Russian passports in the occupied Ukrainian territory Donbas, declared Russian media in the wake of statements issued by the Foreign Ministries of the two Baltic States that they would not recognize such passports. One Russian political analyst called the move a PR stunt and declared that the

Fake: Estonians Poised to Become a Minority in Estonia due to Ukrainian Immigrant Influx

The pro-Kremlin site Lenta.ru featured a story this week claiming that an influx of migrants from Ukraine to Estonia might lead to Estonians becoming a minority in their own country. The source for this prediction is Martin Helme, the leader of the far right Conservative People’s Party, or EKRE, which rode anti-immigrant sentiments during elections in March to win 19 seats in the Estonian parliament. Other Russian media quickly picked

Manipulation And Disinformation In Social Media: The Case Of Estonia And #ESTexitEU

By EU vs Disinfo On 12th of December last year, a man protesting against the UN Global compact for migration was attacked. A few days later, photos of the brawl appeared on the Russian social media site Vkontakte, showing someone with an Estonian flag on their sleeve beating the protester. The post in the ”Мы-Нарвские” or ”We from Narva” group also featured photos showing the placard stating ”EU=USSR”, ”Stop the

Estonia spy chief: Network of operatives pushing Russian agenda in West

By Jeff Seldin, for VoA For the past several months, intelligence and security officials in the U.S. government and private sector have cautiously marveled at the seemingly slow pace of Russian cyberattacks and influence operations using social media. Unlike in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, officials say so far there has been no frenzy of hacks, phishing attacks or use of ads and false news stories to penetrate

Understanding the “russophobic” card

By Urve Eslas, for CEPA Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a 17 February speech at the Munich Security Conference, described as “Russophobic” neighboring countries that oppose Russia’s core interests. The media’s use of this term has increased remarkably since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. The Kremlin’s weaponization of the word has also been applied in recent years to Estonia. Unfortunately Estonia itself seems to have adopted this label as well. On 8

Militarily, Baltic region is stable; but in terms of information war, it’s not, Latvian expert says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The situation in the Baltic region militarily is “quite stable,” Andis Kudors says, not only because NATO has beefed up its defenses there but because Vladimir Putin is interested in the first instance in maintaining the status quo in Russia, something that would be threatened by an attack on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The director of the Riga Center for Research on the Politics

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