Public Integrity, the Journal of the American Society for Public Administration, has recently published a quantitative study examining Russian disinformation effects in the Baltics. According to the study’s abstract:
July 12, 2022 The present study embarks on a scientific quantitative assessment of Russian disinformation effects in Baltic States. A cross-sectional survey and the partial least squares structural equation modeling were employed as research tools. It was found that Russian disinformation is aimed at increasing the perceived distrust of governments, perceived lack of career possibilities, perceived lack of justice, and perceived imminence of military actions in the region. These are also echoed in the decrease in citizens’ incentives for investment activities. The largest of the Baltic States, Lithuania, served as an empirical basis for the research.
Read the full study here.
The Global Influence Operations Report has extensively reported on Russian disinformation and influence operations in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, including how Russian media legitimizes and amplifies fringe Baltic disinformation outlets, how it seeks to impose a twisted interpretation of Baltic history, or how it accuses Baltic governments of “Russophobia.” We have also identified some of the most important Russian influence organizations in the Baltics and reported on Estonia’s and Lithuania’s counter-measures to Russian disinformation, from cooking classes to media literacy projects. We have also reported on several studies examining susceptibility to Russian propaganda, which found :
- German-speaking vaxxers and right-wing populists are more susceptible to Russian propaganda.
- Ukrainians with more vital analytic reasoning skills are better insulated against Russian propaganda.
- Russian propaganda is particularly successful in Central and Western Balkan countries because of its post-communist legacy, pan-Slavism, the role of the Orthodox Church, and a deeply embedded culture of corruption.
- Serbia is the Eastern European country most susceptible to Russian and Chinese influence.