Posts tagged as Russians

Estonian Intelligence: Russians will develop deepfake threats

Friday, February 19, 2021

Russia continues to be the ‘primary threat’ to the EU in cyberspace, presenting intensifying dangers in terms of online espionage, cyberattacks, and also a likely turn to deepfake technology in the near future, a new report from the Estonian intelligence services says. Published on Wednesday (17 February), the annual security assessment from Estonia’s Foreign Intelligence Service noted that Russia continues to apply certain ‘KGB-style’ tactics in cyberspace to sow discord…

Ambassador Bajarūnas: Russians see Lithuania as small, Russophobic country

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

In May this year, Eitvydas Bajarūnas assumed his position as the new Lithuanian ambassador to Russia. In an interview with LRT Novosti, he talked about goals to strengthen economic, political, and cultural ties between the two countries. In 2005–2008, you worked as the Consul General of Lithuania in St Petersburg. You are returning to Russia after 12 years – what has changed since that time? Return sounds symbolic. In 2005,…

Lithuanian president pardons 2 Russians

Friday, November 15, 2019

President Gitanas Nausėda has granted pardons to two Russian citizens jailed in Lithuania for espionage, opening the way for a prisoner swap with Moscow. Nikolai Filipchenko and Sergey Moiseyenko were both convicted for spying in 2017 and are currently serving prison sentences in Lithuania. The presidential decree says the two Russians were pardoned based on a new Criminal Code provision regulating spy swaps, which came into force earlier this week.…

Russians in Europe: Nobody’s Tool – The Examples of Finland, Germany and Estonia

By Anna Tiido on Friday, September 20, 2019

This analysis calls for European governments to pay greater attention to the resilience of their societies, starting with the integration of minorities. It is also important to continue work to increase awareness of Russian influence. The paper analyses the issue of Russian speakers in the EU based on the example of Finland, Germany and Estonia. Although the Kremlin’s “Russian World” policy sees all the people connected to Russia as a…

What to know about Estonia’s March 3 general election

By Geert Wijngaert on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia’s 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party. Both want to keep at bay a nationalist, far-right party with an anti-immigration, xenophobic and Euroskeptic agenda, which has increased its popularity since the last election in 2015. WHO’S RUNNING Ten political parties and 15 independents — totaling…

Donald Trump ‘erupted with rage’ when Melania’s Air Force One TV was tuned to CNN

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN. President Donald Trump was not pleased. He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox – his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN – and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One, according…

Russian-speaking minority in Latvia protests against new legislative attack on their identity

Friday, March 23, 2018

Latvia’s largest opposition party has called for the reversal of education reforms that threaten Russian-language classes in the country’s schools, claiming they contradict the national constitution and international convention. The Social Democratic Party, called “Harmony,” represents the interests of Russian speakers that constitute up to 40 percent of Latvia’s population. The call to reverse the education reforms was made to President Raimonds Vejonis on Thursday. It followed a decision by…