East StratCom disinformation claim:
During the ten months of 2016, 168 new cases of AIDS were registered in Lithuania. Experts assume that this is due to drug abusing lesbian women and gay men.
Documentation for claim
published by Baltnews – новостной портал на русском языке в Литве, Прибалтика, сводки событий, мнения, комментарии.
Period/date: 30. November 2016
There is no evidence presented to support the claim that those infected are homosexual. It is an often used tactic in pro-Kremlin disinformation to try to present the Baltic countries as immoral. According to the pro-Kremlin view, LGBT-persons are immoral. The EU, on the other hand, stands for LGBT rights as it upholds the principle of equality for all its citizens: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimination/orientation/index_en.htm
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by Source from a EU country in Disinformation Review issue 50. The item is located at row number 38 in the report.