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CPB: Russia’s propaganda media not trying to affect 13th Saeima election results

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAfter monitoring nineteen Russian propaganda media websites, Latvia’s Constitution Protection Bureau has concluded that Russia did not use them to affect Saeima election results.

Only 10% of publications about Latvia were devoted to the topic of elections and political parties, Constitution Protection Bureau concluded. Experts say Russian propaganda media focus more on portraying Latvia is a negative light than on supporting any active political parties in the country. At the same time, Harmony and Latvian Russians Union received more attention from Russian media than other political parties in Latvia.

Russian propaganda media continue cultivating the story that Latvia is a failed country that does not comply with human rights and whose political elite and part of society are hostile towards Russia, the bureau explains. Nearly every fifth publication tells about society, its mood and developments within society, often telling emotional stories told by Russian-speakers in Latvia.

Fact-finding is manipulative and tendentious. On top of that, propaganda media often write articles based solely social media posts, not actual events, adds the bureau. Most often media refer to Sputnik and LETA new agencies, as well as Russian internet portals like Delfi and MixNews.

63% of publications are generally negative towards Latvia, whereas 35% are neutral. Russian media generally say good things about Latvia’s Song and Dance Celebration and other cultural events.

Generally speaking, the influence of Kremlin’s propaganda media in western countries is limited, notes Latvia’s Constitution Protection Bureau. Latvia is generally mentioned whenever there is a good opportunity to outline a topic beneficial for Russia’s interests – whenever Latvia is hostile towards Russia and when Latvia supposedly fails to ensure human rights.


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