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#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,”

NATO isn’t planning to break up Russia

By Polygraph RT Russian state-owned media outlet “The head of the Russian Lower House Committee for Eurasian Integration says the recent proposal to split Russia into several parts, voiced by a Latvian MP, is proof of NATO’s hostile plans.” Source: RT website FALSE There was no such “proposal.” On July 30, Russian state-owned media outlet RT published an article with the headline “Call to break up Russia by Latvian MP

NATO’s Summit disinfo targets Latvia

By Anna Ūdre, for CEPA On 15 June, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti published a fake news story, “President of Latvia: the U.S. will not protect Europe from Russia,” intended to undermine popular support for NATO before the Alliance’s summit in Brussels in July. The article was published in Russian two days after Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis gave opening remarks at a discussion at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

Figure of the Week: 6.4%

By EU vs Disinfo This week, Russian state media more than tripled the defence budget of Latvia, a NATO member and neighbour of Russia. The bogus figure appeared on regnum.ru, a state-controlled Russian news website, which claimed that the Baltic country spends a whopping 6.4 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defence. The real figure for 2018 is 2 percent, up from 1.7 percent in 2017. The incorrect figure

Baltic Brutality?

By EU vs Disinfo A dark image of the Baltic states was (again), painted in pro-Kremlin disinformation this week. Firstly, the Latvian Army was accused of shooting civilians in 1991, during Latvia’s transition to independence from the Soviet Union. In a new Russian documentary covering the topic of ”pseudo-revolutions”, it is claimed that Latvian Army Officers shot civilians, ”much as the case was also on Maidan 2014” according to the movie. Of

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