Over 40 Russian-funded NGOs operate in Baltic states ({{commentsTotal}})

News
News

Group of journalists from all three Baltic states established that Russia funds directly over 40 non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The journalists who conducted the survey spent over a year researching how Russia uses its soft power in the Baltics, Postimees reported.

“It’s a public secret in the Baltic states that Russia bankrolls NGOs that defend Kremlin’s politics in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The only question was how generous is this financial aid,” a journalists said, adding that the total financial assistance over three years came to 1.5 million euros.

The researchers said Kremlin’s tactics vary slightly across Baltics, being the most active in Latvia – home for the largest ethnic Russian minority out of the three states.

There are nine Moscow-funded organisations in Estonia who received 710,000 euros in financial support over three years. The largest recipient is the Legal Information Center for Human Rights, which is considered to be a “Russian agent organisation in disguise” by the Estonian security services – a claim the NGO denies. The center, headed by Aleksei Semjonov, has also received funding from the Tallinn City Government, which is headed by Edgar Savisaar, long considered to be too ambivalent towards Putin’s regime.

Other Estonian NGOs mentioned are Nazi-free Estonia, Paldiski Radio Union, Integration Media Group and Altmedia.

The authors also mention a private individual – Maksim Reva – who is directly supported by the Kremlin.

Editor: S. Tambur



{{c.alias}}
{{c.createdMoment}}
{{c.body}}
{{cc.alias}}
{{cc.createdMoment}}
+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long
{{comment.captcha.word.answer}}

news.err.ee

Opinion
Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

Ermamaa: The fine art of passing the buck

Admit nothing, blame everyone: those most closely involved in the Ermamaa case don’t need arguments, writes ERR News editor Dario Cavegn.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: news@err.ee