Central/Eastern Europe

The Russian Liberal Bias

Do not expect grassroots change to happen in Russia. A popular phrase spoken only half-jokingly by the residents of Moscow goes like this, “Moscow ends, and Russia begins at the Sadovoye Koltso”. Sadovoye Koltso, or […]

Vladimir Putin on a TV set

Lithuanian watchdog to ask for explanation from Russia’s TVC over hatred-inciting content

Lithuania’s media watchdog will ask for explanation from Russia-registered broadcaster TV Tsentr over a TV program containing incitement to hatred and defamation of the state. […]


UK media watchdog rules that Russian channel in Lithuania gave biased coverage of Ukraine

The NTV Mir Lithuania, a Russian-language TV channel that had its broadcasts suspended in Lithuania, gave a biased coverage of the situation in Ukraine, the United Kingdom’s communications regulator Ofcom has ruled. […]

Linas Linkevičius

Fighting propaganda with bans is not the best way, Lithuanian foreign minister says

Commenting on recent reports that the rebroadcasting of one more Russian TV channel could be suspended in Lithuania, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says that such bans are not the best way to fight propaganda. Instead, he says, Lithuania should create high-quality alternatives. […]

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė

Opinion: How not to cede hearts and minds of Lithuanian citizens to Putin

Lithuania is very likely to be the only European Union country to completely boycott the end of World War Two commemoration event in Moscow on 9 May. Unlike our closest neighbours – Latvia and Estonia – we will not be even sending a diplomat to the ceremony. […]