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NEPLP restricts most influential Kremlin’s propaganda channel in Latvia

By NEPLP The National Electronic Mass Media Council of Latvia (NEPLP) in compliance with sanctions imposed by Council of the European Union (EU) has decided to restrict the distribution of seven RT (formerly known as Russia Today) group programmes in Latvia, which in the opinion of Latvian security authorities are most influential Russian propaganda channels in the West Europe. RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT

Being occupied as a privilege

By EU vs Disinfo In September last year we revealed how the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs smeared the Baltic countries by claiming they have not become democracies respecting the rule of law. Despite the pushback, the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign has once again been dialled to history, due to the postponed Victory day parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of WWII. This time, the kick-off came from the Twitter account of the Russian embassy

Sputnik: Coronavirus could be designed to kill elderly Italians

By EU vs Disinfo In a time that calls for international cooperation to fight a common threat, Kremlin mouthpiece Sputnik chooses to spread disinformation about COVID-19.  A Sputnik article published on 15 March promoted an entire catalogue of unfounded theories about the origin of the coronavirus: from the idea that COVID-19 could originate in Latvia to the suggestion that it could have been created as a means to reduce the number of elderly people in Italy. What makes Sputnik want to misinform audiences about the origin of the

Sanctions on the spotlight: disinformation targets Latvia

By EU vs Disinfo Disinformation framing Latvia as Russophobic is part of a long-term campaign, this time resurfacing due to implementation of US sanctions.  Starting from December, pro-Kremlin outlets have been targeting Latvia and accusing it of Russophobia and of acting as a US puppet and a failed state, new analysis by the Centre for East European Studies (CEEPS) has found. The report analyses the main narratives targeting Latvia, based on

#EUelections2019: Kremlin-Friendly Voices in Latvia

By Ianis Bucholtz and Solvita Denisa-Liepniece, for Disinfo Portal In Latvia, the Kremlin benefits from politicians whose public stances on both domestic and foreign policy issues align with the narratives Moscow seeks to implant and multiply in Europe. Kremlin-linked outlets such as RT and Sputnik are adept at crafting and publicizing such stories, but local politicians may further Moscow’s long-term influence when they take pro-Russian positions and make public comments

#EUelections2019: Pro-Kremlin narratives in Latvia

By Ianis Bucholtz and Solvita Denisa-Liepniece, for Disinfo Portal Latvia irks the Kremlin. In line with its claims about Ukraine, Moscow frequently accuses the Baltic state of ethnic and language discrimination against its Russian-speaking minority, glorification of Nazism, and “Russophobia.” Moscow uses local organizations and individuals to lend as often as possible an organic, Latvian-grown appearance to these sentiments, which are picked up and popularized by pro-Kremlin media. The cycle

Battleground Wikipedia

By Anna Ūdre, for CEPA For a few hours on 24 January the English-language Wikipedia page of the newly-elected Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš was incorrect on a key point: his nationality was listed as American. A Latvian Russian politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) known for supporting Moscow’s views then used this fabrication to try to raise anti-American sentiment on social media. The change was first reported by Ilmars Poikans, a Latvian Artificial

And the Oscar for fact-editing goes to…

By EU vs Disinfo Russian filmmakers were not successful at this year’s Oscar award ceremony. It might have been different if pro-Kremlin outlets were part of the competition. Their ideas are at least as creative as the best products from the Dream Factory.  If such a category existed, the Oscar for the fantasy movie would go to those pro-Kremlin outlets who told a story about Poland building an empire, stretching from

Latvia showcases digital resilience

By Anna Ūdre, for CEPA Pro-Kremlin media’s failed targeting of Latvia’s centennial celebrations underscores Baltic fortitude against Russian soft power. “Latvians have never existed.” “The country has not existed for more than 50 years.” “It was better off in the Soviet Union.” These generalizations are some of the arguments frequently made by pro-Kremlin media during the celebration of the hundred years since the Proclamation of Latvian independence. Trying to discredit

Did a ‘pro-Russian’ party win big in Latvia?

By Polygraph Daily Express British tabloid newspaper “Latvia election result sparks EU crisis warning as pro-Russia party sweeps to success” Source: Daily Express website MISLEADING There is no EU crisis in this regard. After the results from Latvia’s parliamentary elections were announced on October 6, headlines declared a big victory for the “pro-Russian” Social Democratic Party, better known as “Harmony.” “Pro-Russian Harmony tipped to be Latvia’s largest party following election,”

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