Russia’s soft power in the Baltics

  • 2012-03-21

NGOs in the Baltics have a history of only about 20 years. These groups purport to do good work, spending time and money on issues important to society, but which government is sometimes unable, or unwilling, to get involved in. NGOs have also come under criticism in some cases for being non-transparent organizations carrying out agendas accused of being unfavorable to the host country. The investigative journalism organization The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica, in the first cross-border investigation in the Baltics where three journalists worked on the same topic, has looked at how Russia is secretly financing NGOs in the Baltics in its attempt to influence, and undermine, domestic policy and stability. The stories are presented here.

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