Thursday, June 25, 2009

Moscow intensifying anti-Estonia propaganda

In the wake of the opening of Estonia's 1919 Victory Monument, Moscow is doing its best to whip up anti-Estonian feeling among Russians.

 



 

Marko Mihkelson writes (tr. by Leopoldo, my editing):

As I was leaving [the opening ceremony] at midnight on Monday an Estonian diplomat said to me: "Let's see what the the Russian media will say about the victory monument to the war of independence. And as might have been feared, out came the story in all its propagandistic glory. To tell the truth, nothing else could have been expected from the official Russian television media (in this case ORT 1). The constant emphasizing of the SS-line, the Estonia-hating positions of Linter and Zarenkov, the manipulation of the Ganin assassination story.

Not a word, of course, about the War of Independence and its meaning in the history of the creation of the Estonian state. It just doesn't fit into the script of the Kremlin's "truth commission". Only a few days ago one learned that the FSB had ordered a documentary film on "Ukraine's fascism", the purpose of which is the international discrediting of Ukraine's authorities.

These news reports go to show that in the so-called "official" version the general stance on Estonia and Russia's other neighbours has not changed. Nevertheless, at the same time there are also signs of a certain improvement in  Estonian-Russian relations, which are not as emotional as those reflected in the Russian TV media.

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