Tag: Latvia

Russia Seen Expanding Active Measures and Media Campaign Against Latvia

January 8, 2015

Staunton, January 5 – Riga faces a dramatically expanded Russian media campaign to discredit it in the eyes of Latvians and the West and an increase in the activity of Russian special services against it, according to Maris Cepuritis, a researcher at the Riga Center for Research on the Politics of Eastern Europe. The analyst […]

Ethnic Russians In Baltic Countries ‘Love Russia but Don’t Consider It Their Home’

December 30, 2014

Staunton, December 24 – Ethnic Russians living in Latvia and Lithuania “view themselves as a community and respect Russian culture but consider their native home to be the countries where they live rather than Russia,” and this is true even of those born in Russia or who are not citizens of their countries of residence, […]

Latvia Seeks EU Funding for Full Service Russian-Language TV Channel

Staunton, December 29 – Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics says that Riga is seeking EU funding in order to launch a Russian-language television network for Russian speakers in his country and the region so that they will not turn to Moscow channels that are full of misinformation and anti-Western propaganda. The new channel, he says, […]

Ukraine Live Day 280: 3 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed Over Last 24 Hours

November 24, 2014

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 […]

The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money

November 22, 2014

The Interpreter and the Institute of Modern Russia present a special report by Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: the Surreal Heart of the New Russia, and our editor-in-chief, Michael Weiss, on the Kremlin’s weaponization of information, culture and money to achieve foreign policy goals and undermine opponents. In recent […]

Peskov Says Ethnic Russians In Latvia Would Revolt If Radical Nationalists Came to Power

November 21, 2014

Staunton, November 21 – During a BBC interview in which he said Moscow wants “a 100 percent guarantee” that Ukraine will not become a member of NATO, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary also said that if radical nationalists came to power in Riga and if Brussels recognized that as it did in Ukraine, then “Latvian citizens […]

Window on Eurasia: Putin Said Organizing ‘Separatist International’ Against Europe

November 12, 2014

Staunton, November 12 – Vladimir Putin is organizing a “separatist international” against European countries, thus combining two of his more widely recognized policies: promoting separatism in the former Soviet republics around Russia’s periphery and reaching out to nationalist extremists in Europe. According to the Severodonetsk portal, Russia is now attacking Europe using the old principle […]

If Putin Goes Nuclear in Ukraine, the West Won’t Respond in Kind, Ex-Polish Defense Official Says

November 7, 2014

Staunton, November 7 – In a comment the Warsaw newspaper Fakt described as extremely disturbing, Romuald Szeremietiew, a former Polish deputy defense minister, says that if Vladimir Putin uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine or in the Baltic region, the West likely would not react in kind. His suggestion follows the Kremlin leader’s incautious and outrageous […]

Moscow Didn’t Win Latvian Vote But Can Learn Some Lessons from It, Russian Commentator Says

October 9, 2014

Staunton, October 5 – Despite upbeat comments by a number of Russian media outlets yesterday and today that “ours” (having in mind Soglasiye), won the [Latvian parliamentary] elections,” Igor Pavlovsky says, “the facts are that [the members of that party] are not ‘ours’ and they did not win.” According to the Regnum news agency commentator, […]

Moscow Will ‘Do Everything Possible’ to Defend Compatriots in Baltic Countries, Russian Diplomat Says

October 2, 2014

Staunton, October 1 – Anatoly Makarov, the head of the Russian foreign ministry department for work with compatriots, says Moscow is doing everything it can to make “our multi-million strong diaspora a reliable partner of Russia, from which we have the read to expect deep internal moral support and understanding of our foreign policy initiatives.” […]