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Country Report Lithuania

  • ID: 2138679
  • April 2015
  • Region: Lithuania
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The Baltic states have belatedly started to respond to the potential dangers posed by Russian media influence in the region. Geopolitical tensions remain high between Russia and the EU owing to Russia's actions in Ukraine, but the narrative of events broadcast to Russian-speakers in the Baltics via Russian state-owned media is distorted by propaganda and a strong pro-Russian bias. This has the potential to open up divisions in Baltic society, particularly when combined with other recent implicit threats of Russian aggression towards the Baltic states, including extensive military activity near their borders. Russia's actions can be described as "hybrid warfare", a combination of propaganda and provocations (such as the abduction of an Estonian security official near that country's border with Russia last year) with more conventional military strategies. The authorities in the Baltics are now responding, but it will take time for their efforts to bear fruit, with Russian media maintaining significant influence in the near term.

The past month has seen the Baltic states step up their battle against Russian media influence in the region. Lithuania's media regulator, the Radio READ MORE >

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Country Report Lithuania

Russia's media influence sparks Baltic response
Opposition media presence
Hybrid-warfare fears

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