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Russian Propaganda Update

Since Russia’s assault on Ukraine, the Kremlin’s Russian-language disinformation campaign extends far beyond the audience in Ukraine and Russia, and has targeted compatriots in the Baltic states with its typically false narratives.

Laas Leivat

Lithuania, in debunking the dishonesty germane to Russian propaganda exposed the themes which Russia consistently uses. The country’s Civic Resilience Initiative (CRI) issued a report detailing research results from a study between June 13 and August 28. It analyzed the content of the Russian messages, most of which were posted on RuBaltic.Ru.

Estonia’s Propastop, a Defense League unit expert in Russian propaganda, has summarized the CRI study. They have identified some basic narratives. The most utilized were: Russophobic countries; Russian culture as victim; the West suffering more from sanctions than Russia; Russia is winning the war; Ukrainians commit war crimes and target civilians; the West is abandoning Ukraine.

The narratives also engage the Baltic states in some other falsehoods: politicians in the Baltic states who condemn the war are Nazis; the countries have no capacity to counter the Russian military; s...

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