Kremlinite party-pooping proves ineffective in Latvia

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Attempts by certain parts of the domestic and foreign media to portray Latvia's centenary celebrations in a negative light had little effect, according to a new piece by LSM contributor Anna Ūdre for the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

Titled Latvia Showcases Digital Resilience, the piece suggests a concerted effort was made "to discredit the country worldwide by reproaching Latvia for the alleged rebirth of fascism, rewriting history, attributing the image of a failed state to Latvia, and emphasizing discrimination against the Russian-speaking population" but that it proved ineffective.

After rounding up examples of the Latvia-bashing by outlets with a clear pro-Kremlin orientation, the piece concludes:

"As Latvia's hundredth and first year has commenced, there are no doubts that the state will continue to be targeted by disinformation from Russia. But the impact so far has been limited. As concluded by the Swedish Defense Research Agency, "in all three Baltic countries there are new, younger generations today with Russian as their mother tongue but increasingly identifying themselves as loyal citizens of their country of residence.” In that sense, Russia’s wielding of soft power against the Baltic states has been a failure.

The full piece is available at the CEPA website.

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