Kaprans - whose regular reports for the US-based Center for European Policy Analysis' Strategic Communications program have turned him into one of the country's leading disinformation experts - casts his eye over various news stories, most of the them manufactured in Russia for consumption in Latvia, along with initiatives by notoriously pro-Kremlin politicians.
Writes Kaprans: "For example, Latvia’s pro-Kremlin website Vesti.lv posted an article claiming that Ukrainians are urged to shoot children in Novorossiya, the Donbas region now controlled by Kremlin-supported combatants. The story’s only source was an interview with Ukrainian nationalist Dmitry Korchinsky on Ukraine’s TV channel 112. The website also claimed that not one of the Ukrainian journalists dared to stop Korchinsky during the interview, and thus “they agreed with possible murders of children, their parents, old people and the winners of World War II who fought for the freedom of their country.” However, the original interview shows that Korchinsky did not advocate such extreme ideas and that Vesti.lv published an entirely fake news story."
"Constant disinformation about Ukraine—which dominates Latvia’s pro-Kremlin media and that of its Russophone minority—paints a negative image of Ukraine," he concludes.
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