Briefs

Estonia - 1-7 February 2016

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1. Internal security service of the Baltic States persecute the human rights activists 

On the 30th of January, three Russian political activists from Baltic States, Sergei Seredenko (Estonia), Alexander Gaponenko (Latvia) and Mstislav Rusakov (Estonia) presented in Tallinn a manuscript of the book titled "Persecution of human rights defenders in the Baltic States". At the meeting at „Russian Discussion Club“ (Alexander Gaponenko participated via Skype, since he has been banned from entering Estonia), it was also decided to establish the Association of Baltic Human Rights Defenders in order to protect their own rights, and to publish a yearbook to analyze the annual yearbooks of the internal security service of the Baltic States and the persecution of human rights activists.

The event was reported by Russkii Mir , Baltnews , and Regnum .

On the next day, 31th of January, Aleksandr Gaponenko posted on his Facebook page the following information:

SOS! Вирус! После заседания правозащитников в Таллине, на котором обсуждалась тема борьбы с произволом прибалтийской политической охранки, началась рассылка вирусов от моего имени и от имени других участников этого собрания. Не открывайте в личке ссылки на видео от меня и от других участников совещания - эти вирусы!  Это в Прибалтике такой способ борьбы с правозащитниками. Американские наработки из расположенного в Риге информационного центра НАТО. Хорошо еще вирус Зика не рассылают по вентиляционным трубам, как в Бразилии. 

(SOS! The virus! After the meeting of human rights activists in Tallinn, where a discussion took place on to how to fight the arbitrariness of politicized secret services of the Baltic States, me and other participants of the meeting appeared to be infected by virus which send messages to our contacts. Do not open the link to a video – it´s a virus! This is how the Baltic States deal with the defenders of the human rights! It´s done by Americans from NATO information center in Riga. We must be lucky that we don´t have the Zika virus circulating the ventilation system as it does in Brazil.)

The post was shared both on Facebook and Vkontakte , and was picked up by Rubaltic , Eurasia Daily , and News Online .

It is highly unlikely that Estonian or Latvian internal security service would use that kind of methods to fight Russian political activists. 

2. Vladimir Zhirinovsky: The Baltic States belong to Russia

On the last day of January, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia gave an interview to Latvian newspaper Вести Сегодня (News Today).
Among other provocative statements (for example, that Russia will liberate Europe from fascism and soon Russian flags will be flown over Berlin and Paris), he said:

- Если начнутся какие-то поползновения насильственного отношения к русским в Прибалтике, мы в 24 часа их освободим. Поэтому русские могут спокойно жить в Прибалтике - виновные обязательно ответят. 
- В Эстонии эстонский только Пярну, все остальное – Нарва, Кохтла-Ярве русская земля. В Латвии Рига, Даугавпилс, Лиепая - русские города. То же по всей Литве, где Вильно, Клайпеда – наша русская земля. Все успокоится, как только русская армия наведет порядок. Поэтому живите спокойно – час свободы придет. 

(- If there will be any any violent proclivities against the Russians in the Baltic States, we will liberate them in 24 hours. Russian can live peacefully in the Baltic States - the perpetrators will be held responsible. 
- In Estonia, the only Estonian town in Pärnu. The rest of the towns – Narva, Kohtla-Järve – is Russian land.
In Latvia, Riga, Daugavpils, Liepaja are Russian cities. It is the same about Lithuania – Vilnius and Klaipeda is our Russian land. Everything will calm down as soon as Russian army restores the order. You can live peacefully - an hour of freedom will come.)

The next day, the 1st of February, the interview was picked up and partly published by Stolitsa , Baltnews , Baltija , Stena , Glaw-News , and Politinformator . 

On the 2nd of February, the interview was partly published on the web page of Estonian daily newspaper Õhtuleht  (330 000 online readers weekly ). It gathered 15302 clicks, 79 likes and 115 comments. Most of the comments were critical towards Zhirinovsky. 

3. Other cases

- The Russophobes 2015 are: the government of Estonia, the news portal Delfi and Statoil petrol stations. The news was published on the web page of Russian version of Estonian daily newspaper Õhtuleht (Vecherka). 

- Human rights defender says Latvia seeks to send Russian population to concentration camps.  
 - Dmitry Linter gave an interview to Ridus ,  where he said that The Estonian authorities are deliberately provoking  riots among the Russian population. The interview was published also in Baltija.eu , Rusvesna.su , Stena.ee , and on the web page of Russian version of Estonian daily newspaper Õhtuleht (Vecherka) .