US media reported earlier this month about Estonia’s unusual approach to counter Russian propaganda and disinformation. According to a PBS report:
January 15, 2022 Russian disinformation is rife in countries formerly ruled from Moscow. Some ex-Soviet states have tried to suppress it altogether by banning Russian television stations and even limiting the use of the Russian language on their own domestic channels. Special Correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited Estonia, which is trying a different approach.
Watch the full report here.
The video report notes that the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed that Estonia’s two main communities, Estonian-speaking and Russian-speaking, still live in somewhat separate information ecosystems. Due to Russian anti-vaccine propaganda, only 58% of the residents of the European Union’s most Russian-speaking city had chosen to be vaccinated as of last December. To combat Russian disinformation, the Estonian government is organizing cultural courses such as cooking classes to integrate the Russian-speaking population in Estonia to make them less susceptible to propaganda from Russia.
In October, we reported about an Estonian intelligence report detailing Russian influence and disinformation activities in the country.