Posts tagged as Kremlin

To survive Lukashenko is willing to sacrifice his people to the Kremlin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, September 11, 2020

It looks like the problems in Belarus will not go away any time soon. But all in all, nothing has really changed. The protesters are protesting, law enforcement and the government are keeping an eye on and detaining them and Lukashenko is still in power running around with an assault rifle, promising constitutional amendments and belittling protesters. We can also observe some trends that make the situation in Belarus even…

Poland Tells the Kremlin and NATO It’s Prepared to Fight

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In late July, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. Army’s V Corps headquarters would be reactivated and permanently stationed in Poland. The Kremlin, its Twitter bots and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda twits objected. Chinese Communist Party flacks likely hissed (if so, I missed it). Reactions throughout still-free Europe were either quiet nods of agreement or reserved acceptance. These reactions reflect strategic reality. Putin’s nuclear-armed Russia is an expansionist…

Does Lithuania properly apply EU sanctions to ban Kremlin’s RT?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Lithuania’s decision to block RT, a Kremlin-controlled media group formerly known as Russia Today, has been called out by Russian officials as an “unfriendly” decision, but also a misapplication of EU sanctions. LRT FACTS investigate. The decision to block RT “was based on EU ‘personal sanctions’ against Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselyov, who has nothing to do with the Russia Today media holding, as we have repeatedly reminded all…

Latvia bans Kremlin propaganda channel RT

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Latvia has banned the Russian state-controlled television channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today, saying that it was under control of Dmitry Kiselev, who is on the EU’s sanctions list. On Tuesday, Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), banned seven multilingual channels operated by RT. It also said Latvia will urge other EU countries to follow suit. “We have carried out a very large inspection of…

How does the Kremlin view the results of Russia’s constitutional plebiscite? Putin’s spokesman explains

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On July 1, Russia completed a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional amendments that include reforms to reset Vladimir Putin’s term clock, allowing him to run for another two terms in office. According to federal election officials, almost 78 percent of voters supported the amendments. Turnout was roughly 65 percent. Asked how the Kremlin views the results, spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the plebiscite a “triumph.” “It was easy to predict high interest…

Kremlin reopens chapter on Baltic occupation. Why?

By EUvsDisinfo on Friday, June 26, 2020

An article attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the Baltic states were occupied with “consent”. Two days prior on June 16, a story on Russia Beyond – an outlet under the same state ownership as RT – claimed it was a “privilege” to live in the Baltics during the Soviet occupation. EUvsDisinfo  , the disinformation fighting agency of the European Union, looks at the facts behind what Lithuanian officials …

Wagner mercenaries in Libya – Putin’s naive cannon fodder

By Augusts Augustiņš on Friday, June 12, 2020

The mentality of Russian soldiers of being mere cannon fodder has not changed since the times of Ivan the Terrible, and we can conclude this from what we have seen and read in mass media. If we objectively disregard the “heroic deeds” – made up by the Kremlin – of Russian soldiers during World War II, it becomes evident that on the battlefield a Russian soldier will follow the following…

Kremlin may threaten nuclear incidents in Belarus to blackmail Lithuania

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lithuania’s failure to block nuclear energy imports from Belarus could seriously impede the Baltic states’ switch away from the Moscow-controlled power grid, according to Lithuanian MP Dainius Kreivys. The switch to the continental European system, scheduled to take place by 2025, is considered a strategic project by the EU and Lithuania and critical to the energy independence of the Baltic states. Lithuania is currently attached to the Moscow-controlled BRELL network,…

Will breaching EU sanctions be the end for Kremlin media in Baltics?

By Holger Roonemaa on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

An alleged breach of EU sanctions, and a possible fine of up to 10 million euros, casts doubt on the future of Baltic Media Alliance, one of the largest media holdings in the Baltic countries focusing on local Russian-speaking audiences. “Today we are saying goodbye to our viewers. Every evening for 16 years, you were with us, between 50 and 200 thousand people. I, Julia Plyen, having spent 16 years…

Baltic States use sanctions as a part of politics

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

On October, 10, leader of the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh called for the lifting of economic sanctions against Russia, but at the same time maintaining of political ones. The politician noted that, despite the sanctions, “Russian coal abides in Poland, and the Germans negotiate with Russia.” According to Kosinyak-Kamysh, economic restrictions did not change the situation in the Donbass. The politician also emphasized that other countries, unlike Poland, easily…