August. a total of 505 unique cases with features of negative information activity were identified. Compared to July, when 463 such cases were identified, the flow of disinformation in the Lithuanian information environment has consistently increased. According to analysts, the biggest influence on this was the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania to stop issuing Schengen tourist visas to Russian citizens, the docking of the US amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in the port of Klaipėda, and the informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Prague.
“The initiative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania to end the issuance of Schengen tourist visas to its citizens due to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine was one of the main topics that dominated the hostile information environment. “Propaganda sources claimed that Lithuania allegedly goes against the fundamental values of the European Union, restricts human rights and segregates tourists on national and civic grounds,” the statement of the Strategic Communication Department of the Lithuanian Armed Forces states.
According to analysts, most of the labels of “fascism” and “Nazism” are applied to Lithuania.
Official Russian officials have said in their public statements that “people who position themselves as beacons of democracy have now turned into cave-in Russophobes and exhibit neo-Nazi attitudes.” It was emphasized that this proposal by Lithuania is allegedly a sign of the foreign policy of a non-independent state”, the report notes.
Analysts also point out that Kremlin propaganda In August, he also responded to the process of dismantling Soviet ideological monuments in the municipalities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
“August 18 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia issued a separate statement, which states that Russia views such actions by the authorities of the Baltic States as neo-Nazi frenzy, denigration of the memory of fallen heroes and an attempt to settle historical scores with Russia,” the department’s analysts point out.
The theme of the “Kaliningrad blockade” continued to be developed, and the informational attacks of Russian propaganda continued
In addition, last month, the theme of the “Kaliningrad blockade” was further developed. Analysts point out that the propaganda purposefully sought to form the opinion that Lithuania is allegedly carrying out provocative actions against Russia and is promoting the conflict. There has been speculation about the possible response of this country. Proposals were made on how to respond to Lithuania’s alleged “provocations” to consider the question of the legality of Klaipėda’s belonging to Lithuania, to terminate bilateral agreements on mutual recognition of borders.
The Russian propaganda informational attacks against the institutions of the Republic of Lithuania, aimed at forming negative attitudes about Lithuania as a fascist dictatorship and undermining the image of our country abroad, also continued. Lithuania is accused of persecuting others and discriminating against Russians and Russian-speakers.
Another target that received a lot of hostile propaganda attention in August. – NATO and other defense topics. In the hostile information environment, intense activity directed against the Alliance was recorded, portraying it as a global aggressor. Messages about NATO’s aggressiveness were spread by top Russian officials, the Alliance was accused of causing a “crisis” in the European Union. It is said that the “aggressive policy of NATO” forced Russia to defend itself, which is precisely why the Alliance is responsible for the crisis in Europe, and in general poses a threat to world order and security.
“The death of Darja Dugina is episodically used in the narrative about NATO’s “unprecedented aggressiveness”. The publication speculated on false information – it is said that NATO ordered the murder of D. Dugina, and her killer even visited Lithuania before the attack. The alliance is also accused of inciting the conflict in Kosovo.
The narrative about NATO’s aggressiveness, which has been consistently developed since 2021 and especially since the start of the war in Ukraine, reached its peak in August,” the department’s analysts note.
It is indicated that in August, hostile information sources also actively developed the topic of NATO’s involvement in the war in Ukraine.
“It is claimed that the Alliance is recruiting foreign mercenary soldiers for Ukraine.
NATO has been named a sponsor of terrorism in Ukraine, because it supplies the latter’s army with weapons.
It has been speculated that the US has been “deliberately preparing for decades” for a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and that Western countries supplying arms to Kyiv are responsible for the deaths of civilians in the Donbass. In the second half of August, a tendency to openly blame NATO for participating in military actions emerged, a narrative was spread that the Alliance is fighting a “proxy” war and is fully involved in the war, both in terms of equipment and soldiers,” the report states.
The department points out that hostile information was disseminated purposefully in order to cause distrust of citizens in the decisions of the Lithuanian political and military leadership, to belittle the capabilities of the Lithuanian army, to promote dissatisfaction with their country, to mislead and intimidate about the possible threat of war in the Baltic countries, to promote doubt in NATO.
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