Vilnius editor: Moscow using free Lithuanian media against Lithuania

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė (DELFI, Š.Mažeikos)

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė (DELFI, Š.Mažeikos) 

2015/03/08 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Moscow trolls have become much more active in Lithuanian media outlets in recent days, a “cynical” exploitation of the free media in that country against its own interests and one that Lithuanians and others must focus on and learn to repel, according to Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, news editor of the DELFI portal.

This is part of a larger problem, she told VOA’s Russian Service. A recent poll in Lithuania found that the views of Lithuanians about Ukraine depended in large measure on whether they relied on Russian media or on Lithuanian outlets.

Those who turn to Russian media, Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė said, think Ukraine is to blame for the crisis; those who use Lithuanian media hold Russia responsible. Unfortunately, she added, Lithuania does not have its own “influential Russian-language press” and thus the Russian language DELFI portal is especially popular for its unbiased reporting.

But precisely because of its influence, Moscow has directed its fire against it, using trolls in social networks and on new sites which are intended to undermine Russia’s opponents. She says she and her colleagues have “noted that they are actively working through the commentaries of readers and this has become for us a real challenge.”

A year ago, she said, her service had to remove 700 to 800 of such commentaries; now, it has to remove 2500 to 3000. Because they are the work of trolls, with the same ideas and even the same words used over and over again to attack, confuse and demoralize Lithuanians. And with time, these Russian trolls are becoming more clever and even appearing on Lithuanian language sites, a shift that makes them harder to identify and thus more dangerous.

Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė said that the underlying purpose of this trolling against Lithuania is to create uncertainty. “We really do not know what will happen next when Russia looks not only at the Baltic but also at the Scandinavian countries” and “cynically uses” the media in this way to promote its goals.

“We are members of NATO and we count on NATO and on American support,” she said. “The majority of Lithuanians are real patriots. Many intelligent young people are now joining militarized organizations; they want to do something for their country and are ready to unite for that.”

That provides “additional strength to our country,” Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė said, and it is why Moscow is trying to undermine that with its trolling operation.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • puttypants

    Unfortunately, you should have been telling Ukraine’s story from the beginning so these trolls wouldn’t have had a chance to propagandize your people. Where has Lithuainaia been in all this. Estonia and Latvia have been actively supporting Ukraine but not you.

  • Czech Friend

    Lots of Putler’s trolls in Czech web media, can’t imagine how bad it must be in the Baltics. Since this is part of his hybrid war I wouldn’t be soft with them even closing up infected discussions where need be.

    • Morksuggan

      Speak of the devil! and here is Hristo the russian troll.

      • Raymond J Ambrozaitis

        Hristo you can have opinions but you can not distort nor have your own set of facts. Apparently you get some sort of deviant thrill out of posting nonsense among people whom you know do not want to hear your rudeness?

        • Roger Mikael Klang

          That’s fantastic Hristo. Who came up with the idea to give a nickname for truly concerned rightous People whom wants to support an attacked nation, a nation that is much smaller than the bullie Rushia? I mean, by giving us a nickname it is like we really were trolls and that you were past the establishing period. To get from A to C just jumper over B. Smart!

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            Hristo, of course this is not about a Russian invasion :

            https://news.vice.com/video/russias-ghost-army-in-ukraine-full-length

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            Hristo, the link to Globalresearch is one of your numerous deviations on the subject. In any debating club you would be sanctioned by the moderator.
            On top of that the assertion by Globalresearch that Muscovy/Russia is not an expansionist state is ridiculous. For centuries Muscovy expanded to the West (ask the Finnish, the Polish, the Belorusians and the Ukrainians), the South (ask the Ukrainians, the Turks and Tatars, the Georgians, the Armenians, the Chechens and the other peoples in the Caucasus) and the East (the number of peoples in the East is to numerous to be enumerated). And each time there was a policy of russification and oppression of the local culture and language).
            So stick to the subject and prove Vice News wrong.

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            ‘I don’t think that your opinion on the globalresearch counts for refuting what it says. It is just that-your opinion. So you failed to refute it. And you didn’t comment on the other link.’

            The article in Globalresearch – basically a website that is anti-Western out of principle – states that Muscovy isn’t an expansionist state. History proves them wrong as Muscovy started from a very small base to become an empire. How a country does that without being expansionist is beyond my imagination.

            The other link is really not much more than propaganda originating from Sputnik… And arguments like ‘Not to mention that “Roshen” Lipetsk Confectionary Factory belonging to the family of Ukrainian President Poroshenko is still operating in Russia, according to its official website’ or ‘a military involvement would be against the Russian Constitution’ and some more whatsaboutism by Harry J. Bentham are not really arguments proving the point that there’s no involment of the Russian military in the Donbass.

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            Hristo, it is you who is getting nowhere.

            Whatever you and I call it – I’d call it hybrid warfare, with the use of locals (like the Goblin in the Crimea, in a lot of cases local scum and criminals in the Donbass), Russian volunteers and Russian regular troops (as a certain Russian crooner must have noticed when he visited that badly burned tankman) – is of little importance.

            I try to judge the sources of information – public and also private as I have a few friends living in Ukraine and acquaintances in the Donbass – and try to let the ‘facts’ speak. There is more than enough evidence of the Wholesale involvement of Russia in this very sorry affair.

            And I’m fairly certain that Russia would already have paid a heavy price for its misdeeds in Ukraine in a non-nuclear world. The world may praise itself lucky that the West has been so hesitant in its reactions.

            By the way if Ukraine were exterminating the Donbass people – as Russia did with the Chechens in the 2 Chechen wars – the number of deaths would be much, much higher. So temper your language, as hyperbole doesn’t do your case much good.

            By the way you must be getting tired as your English doesn’t really improve when the debate gets more heated (what do you mean with ‘And again Russians help Donbass to defend itself not to invade.’?).

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            Hristo, such ravings, such ravings…
            The facts? Civil war?
            The facts are that ‘Shooter’ complained about the unwillingness of the Donbass people to join the struggle for Russkiy Mir. And now boast that he started the whole sorry affair.
            The facts? Pure race?
            Russkiy Mir is about being exceptional. Ukraine is about being a nation of Ukrainian and Russian speakers that share a civil interpretation of nationality, of togetherness.
            The facts? Who is the aggressor?
            The one that tears apart the Budapest memorandum, the Minsk I and II cease-fires, the whole post WW II international order.
            And now I’m going to have my evening cap. You will not believe what it will be, I’m sure. An glass of icecold vodka ;-))

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            ‘Now about vice news. The link to vice news is one of your numerous deviations on the subject. In any debating club you would be sanctioned by the moderator. It is a fine example of low level propaganda that matters only to people lacking any intellect.’

            You stated ‘The reality is that there is no “Russian invasion”.’
            I posted the link to the Vice News video, that proves the opposite.
            If that’s deviation on the subject, I don’t know what deviation on the subject means and then of course that would mean that I somehow lack intellect… which I doubt. But even if this were the case, your insult would still remain an insult – in any debating club this would indeed also be sanctioned by the moderator.

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            Hristo, you’re losing your grip… Too much emotion, too much hyperbole, too many insults to be still participating in this discussion so late in the evening.
            I for one will tomorrow have a beer with a compatriot living in Liège (Belgium). The chap is married to an Ukrainian woman of Russian descent (Russian speaking and Russian nationality) from the Donbass. Her family still lives in the Donbass in a city that was fought over by both sides. And they lost their belief in Russkiy Mir because of despicable behaviour of the defenders of what will become the most famous lost course of the 21th century.

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            There is a place for People like you Hristo, it is called Hell!

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            I rather go to a psychiatric hospital than to hell   Wouldn’t you?

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            Don’t be silly, of corse you are going to hell. Wasn’t there a Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula? Didn’t Putin lie about that too? For sure!

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            And The little green men that Putin lyed about? What about the famous Russian medal for invader Russian soldiers of Chrimea, a medal printed in mint condition before any thing at all took place in Ukraine? Youre so obviously a paid Psyop troll Russian!

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            The way I recall it the little green men came first together with Putin’s lie. There was no international observers but some crooked states pseudo observers. If I was a paid troll I could spend the Whole evening and The Whole Night propagating lies to you, but I am not. And I am not lying to you. Of corse you can explain the medal too? Such a blunder!

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            Yes. Probably. Lier! Well what about the medalion?

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            Exactly what I thought you would say!

            See you later Lier.

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            Hristo, some of your so-called international observers were parliamentarians of the Vlaams Blok, a Flemish party of the extreme right (the Goblin and the Russian extreme right must have said ‘heureux de se trouver ensemble’). One of them was to drunk to know what happened and the other two were not present when God shared out intelligence…

        • Michel Cloarec

          The territory of the moon has been claimed by Hristo

      • Michel Cloarec

        That Hristo must have been humiliated so much that it became an uncontrolled troll, and got the sack . So he put all his misadventures on the webb, so we can feel sorry for him .
        Do Hristo up and jump in your kindergarden. Be brave ! It hurts only once when you die !

      • Michel Cloarec

        Uppload the contents of your brain to a computer !
        My computer has a sense of smell so I can find you more easy.

    • MrRainbowBotox

      “Because they are the work of trolls, with the same ideas and even the same words used over and over again ”

      From Troll 101: “You mean a lot of Czech with brains, right?”

      Saw that repeated many places. Being Russian is a special kind of stupid, work SO hard to destroy yourself! Happing hunting for bread in October, AGAIN!!

      • Nomid

        You are so sad Hristo… So sad…

        • Nomid

          I am afraid you are really not that interesting anymore… sorry…

    • Milton Devonair

      russians show people every day that no humans are ever safe around the apes of russia.