East StratCom disinformation claim:

People in the Baltic states were better off in the Soviet Union compared to nowadays. Sending NATO forces to the Eastern flank of the Alliance is a provocation against Russia.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 13. February 2017

Debunk claim:

Debunked many times before. During the post-war period, the USSR priorities were not the investment in industry, but the repression of the national resistance movement and the militarization of the territory. The Baltic States as a whole were Soviet economy donors http://bit.ly/2lBzobb whereas now, the Baltic economies are doing well in comparison see e.g http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/economy/vilnius-in-top-3-cities-of-future-financial-times-rankings.d?id=70423228, http://www.vm.ee/en/estonia-5-years-european-union. The enforcement of the eastern flank is a response to Russia’s aggressive foreign policy and actions in Ukraine.https://euvsdisinfo.eu/a-masterclass-in-disinformation/

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Source from an EU country in Disinformation Review issue 59. The item is located at row number 12 in the report.

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