Russia’s Footprint in the Nordic-Baltic Information Enviroment Vol.2

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This is the second volume issued in the framework of the project ‘Russia’s (Dis-)Information Campaigns in Nordic-Baltic Countries’. This project was initiated in 2016 as an ongoing effort to monitor and analyse Russia’s (dis-)information influence in the Nordic-Baltic region, which includes Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden (the NB8). The first volume was published in January 2018.

Since then, the trends in the information space of the NB8 have been tracked. On the basis of a regular biannual fact findings several trends have emerged. The stories pushed by the Kremlin most often revolve around:

– Manipulation with facts surrounding World War II;

– Attempts to rewrite the history of the NB8 states;

– Exaggerating the threat of immigration to the NB8 societies;

– Accusing the governments, media and opinion leaders of the NB8 countries of Russophobia;

– Accusing NB8 countries of discrimination against Russia’s compatriots abroad;

– Framing NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltics and Poland as a threat to regional security;

– Questioning and undermining national or regional infrastructure projects.

The article – “Hostile narratives and theirs ipmact: the case of Latvia”, has been prepared by the Centre for East European Policy Studies.

The full report can be accessed here.