Russian foreign ministry takes far out pot shot at Baltics

The weird and wonderful mind of the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a characteristically oddball rant against the Baltic states August 27.

The official Russian MFA site Tweeted, just after dinner time:

The error-strewn claim was accompanied by an image of three somewhat dog-eared looking pamphlets titled "The Heritage of WWII in the Baltic States" [sic], apparently authored by mysteriously unspecified "Non Governmental Organizations".

For reasons that remain equally enigmatic, yet presumably contain deep significance and drama, the static image of these pamphlets is subjected to a flare or strobe effect which renders the whole thing psychedelic in the manner of early Pink Floyd concert footage.

Anyone interested enough to surrender their online click data to the Russian MFA will eventually wind up at a Facebook page which expands slightly on the theme of how awful the Baltic states are and how brilliant Russia, and particularly Soviet Russia, is in contrast.  

Whether the Russian MFA's sense of self-worth was miffed by the huge amount of positive coverage of the Baltic states during Baltic Way celebrations, by the large amount of negative coverage of Moscow riot police beating peaceful protesters, or its ire originated from deeper and darker psychological wellsprings is difficult to say without a lengthy course of gestalt therapy.

However, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs provided a concise commentary.

 

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