The short answer is: not necessarily. Ethnicity and language are closely related, but there are other factors that must be considered. It’s important to recognize that speaking Russian as one’s native language does not automatically equate to being ethnically or culturally Russian. In many cases, the prevalence of Russian as a native language in countries formerly … Continue reading I speak Russian – therefore I am Russian?
Russian speakers in Estonia are regularly depicted in Kremlin propaganda as marginalised or oppressed. This creates a paradox when trying to explain why they prefer living here, despite Russia’s incentives for them to resettle.
Not for the first time, the Kremlin accuses others of what it is itself doing. We fact checked the key claims about the “Kaliningrad blockade” (that isn’t a blockade).
Both the BBC and NPR recently visited Estonia to listen to the perspectives of local Russian-speakers. Their stories puncture Kremlin propaganda narratives.
The Kremlin referred to a group of women in Estonia protesting sexual violence as ‘Russophobes’. We explore the history of the term and why the protest took place.
The Warsaw Pact invaded its own members. It is not comparable to NATO as a defence alliance that sovereign states like Estonia chose to join.
A helpful guide for international journalists writing about Estonia, the “tiny ex-Soviet state” that is neither tiny nor an ex-Soviet state. We’ve included an infographic you can share.
Autocratic regimes promote metaphors to shape perceptions, such as by portraying Ukrainian refugees as a “flood” into Europe. Yet this metaphor best describes what they are fleeing.