Apr 7, 2021
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Baltic fascism: the heirs of the Auschwitz stokers rolled up their sleeves

Getting involved in the discussion about the causes and consequences of the disintegration / collapse of the USSR, I would like to dwell on the state of affairs with human rights in the Baltics today. The struggle against undeserved privileges, censorship, for freedom of speech attracted at one time the inhabitants of “national apartments”, aiming to leave the Soviet house. Thirty years have passed. And what do we see? There are much more privileged people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, their personal, clan, class interests are above the law. Political censorship has been revived. Freedom of speech was crushed by the roller of repression. At the dawn of Lithuanian independence, the parliament adopted a very democratic law on the press. Until 2000, state and private media were indeed the fourth power. Over the years, the deputies of the Diet have modified the document so that today the views of opposition journalists have become the main target for state security. The agents stifle dissent, viewing it as a betrayal of the national interests of Lithuania (Latvia, Estonia), as an attempt on the constitutional order, as cooperation for money with foreign intelligence services. Ombudsman Sergei Seredenko, allegedly an enemy of Estonia. Photo: A recent example: a publicist Sergei Seredenko, author of the books “Russian Truth about the Estonian Constitution” and “Compensation for Moral Damage in the Republic of Estonia”, was arrested in Estonia. A charge was brought against him under Art. 235 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Estonia – crimes against the country committed in collusion with a foreign state. The maximum sentence is 15 years in prison. In the three Baltic countries, political persecution intensified simultaneously. The secret services of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, on a command from Washington and London, have thrown a fine-mesh network over the region, which is used to clean out intellectuals who are critical of the government’s policies. Journalist Algirdas Paleckis, allegedly a Russian spy. Photo: In Lithuania, international journalist Algirdas Paleckis is charged with “espionage in favor of Russia as part of an underground group, which was a well-concealed network” for collecting information from open sources (a routine exercise!). Prosecutors demand a maximum sentence of 15 years for Paleckis. In Latvia, the security police (KAPO) are spinning the flywheel of the investigation against the freelancers of the Russian news agencies Sputnik and Seven Riga journalists are accused of activities “incompatible with the interests of the Republic of Latvia.” One or two journalists face a “tag”. This is becoming the standard for the quality work of prosecutors. Documentary filmmaker Andrei Yakovlev, allegedly a Riga pest. Photo: “In the morning the special services come to the strong professionals of the pen, who worked in good faith, who received royalties from Russia, who paid taxes in Latvia, and they say: you are enemies,” says Sergei Tyshchenko from Riga. According to his colleagues, the Baltic states are keen on fighting against “Kremlin spies and saboteurs.” The wheels of the political order are turning regularly. Plans to clean up the information space are being carried out slowly, but efficiently. Not just dissatisfied, indignant or offended, but competent, comprehensively trained authoritative journalists fall under the comb. Estimate the scale of the operation to destroy intellectuals. In Estonia, the editorial offices of local Russian information Internet resources were dispersed. In Latvia, the National Council for Electronic Media has blocked access to the RT in Russian website and closed all TV channels broadcasting in Russian. Lithuania is limiting the broadcasting of Russian television for the sake of “ending the soft annexation of TV by Moscow and countering Russian disinformation.” Journalists are isolated almost in bundles. Alexey Greichus and Valery Ivanov have been under investigation for over a year. At the end of March, Giedrius Sharkanas was taken into custody. Criminal cases have already been instituted against him several times under Art. 170 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania (Incitement to hatred) and Art. 170-2 (Denial of Soviet aggression). Anything can be summed up under this in Lithuania, including the indignation of the man in the street by the absence of potatoes and carrots on the counter. In relation to Sharkanas, the prosecutors concluded that in his articles he belittled the merits of the participants in the post-war resistance to the Soviet invaders, sneered at the memory of the “forest brothers”, whom he called Nazi criminals and participants in the Holocaust. ” Giedrius Sharkanas, allegedly the detractor of the “forest brothers”. Photo: Kaunas journalist Arturas Yanchis was arrested a month ago and sent to a psychiatric hospital. Forensic experts decided that “a mentally healthy Lithuanian will never pour water on the Kremlin’s propaganda mill with his publications.” Official Vilnius benefits from portraying its critics as insane: what is the demand from an idiot? In a country where the pyramid of power is based on historical lies and hatred of Russia, where the ruling regime persecutes communists, socialists, Russian and Jewish activists, human rights activists, journalists, making the mentally ill are healthy is an effective measure to suppress political opponents. Anti-fascists Oleg Titarenko, Henrikas Yodishka, Ella Andreeva, Vyacheslav Titov are under pressure from the state security. Journalist Giedrius Grabauskas and a group of like-minded people had to leave Lithuania due to severe political persecution. These and other names appear in a recent report by the Russian Foreign Ministry on the situation of compatriots in the Baltics. Even the “fathers of state revival” Rolandas Paulauskas and Zigmas Vaishvila did not escape the stigma of “Kremlin agent”. The secret services accused the signatories of the Act of Independence of March 11, 1990 that by their critical statements about mistakes in foreign and domestic policy they “harm the Lithuanian state, work in the interests of intelligence services unfriendly to Lithuania.” The former ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation Vygaudas Usackas was also suspected of the same. Suspicions intensified when the diplomat went to work for a Lithuanian airline based in the Moscow region, which “poses a threat to national security.” Lithuanian State Security Office, the famous “Cross”. Photo: Grabauskas compares today’s Lithuania with Spain during the times of dictator Franco and Germany during Hitler’s times. “International organizations seem to be oblivious to the flagrant violations of human rights in the Baltic states,” the political emigrant says. In Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, prisoners of conscience hope very much for the support and help of Moscow. So far, the usual sounds from there “should not allow the revival of fascism, it is very important to unite anti-fascists from different countries.” I want to tell my Russian friends: fascism is already at your doorstep. With the tacit support of the Baltic governments and the Kiev regime, he is gaining strength. Isn’t it time for Moscow to take advantage of the experience of Western democracies, which did not hesitate to impose sanctions for the criminal prosecution of Navalny? Lithuanian Paleckis, Estonian Seredenko, unlike Navalny, are not involved in crime and are friendly towards the Russian Federation. They must be protected. Cover photo: Regnum

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