Ida-Viru secret memo: broad consensus in propaganda media


On 14th of September, a local newspaper “Eesti Ekspress” published a government’s security commission memo. The document covered so-called slipping away possibilities of Ida-Viru county. Although the larger public in Russian Federation didn’t pay much attention to it, it was still a real treat for known propaganda channels. Estonian media in the Russian language maintained mostly neutral position. Known Russian propaganda channels reacted in two expected ways: an idea of Ida-Viru’s separation was labelled as a provocation (Stolitsa, Regnum, Vzglyad, or paranoia (Radio Sputnik, RIA Novosti,, Vzglyad). Sputnik International turned out to be an exception in this regard – it refers to the article in “Eesti Ekspress”, but also asks for balancing comments from the head of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, Elmar Vaher, a member of Riigikogu Andres Ammas and an expert on strategic communication, Raul Rebane.

Photo: screenshot of the Sputnik story.

Link to the original post (in Estonian).