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    Estonian intelligence service: Russia tries to tarnish Baltic centenaries

    TALLINN, Feb 8 (LETA--BNS) - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania celebrate their centenaries this year and according to the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service (EFIS) Russian propaganda will try to tarnish and diminish the celebrations.

    "In 2018, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will mark the centenaries of their independence. The Kremlin's messages on this occasion are disseminated by history propagandists and pseudo-think tanks trying to tarnish and diminish these events," EFIS said in its annual report titled "International Security and Estonia 2018" which was published on Thursday.

    According to the institution, "one of the first signs of the information influence campaign planned for 2018 was a conference held on 24 October 2017 in St. Petersburg, 'Wars and revolutions in 1917-1920: Birth of Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian statehood'. The organizers were the Russian Baltic Studies Association coordinated by the Presidential Administration and an even more ambitious tool of the Kremlin, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund."

    Russia also actively seeks historians from the Baltic states who would be prepared to legitimize, by their participation, the Kremlin's propaganda aimed at Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

    "It is clear that Russia does not seek a genuine dialogue or discussions, that is establishment of a platform for academic relations. Rather, it tries to simply exploit representatives of the imaginary adversary," it is written in the report.

    According to EFIS, the Kremlin has still not unequivocally condemned the Soviet regime's crimes against humanity in Russia and other countries, and "tries to direct the assessments of sensitive historical events through government institutions, including the special services – just as it did in Soviet times."

    "Although Russian meddling in the internal affairs of several countries was exposed in 2017, this did not deter the Kremlin from undertaking new influence operations. In 2018, Russia's influence activities will be just as active as in past years," it is written in the report.

    According to the institution, for Russian special services influence operations are an inexpensive, effective and well-established instrument in their arsenal. The capability in the field of information warfare is growing and Russia is already well-prepared for more extensive disinformation campaigns, the report states.

    • Published: 08.02.2018 13:30
    • LETA
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