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Latvians are somewhat accustomed to the traditional means of Kremlin propaganda, therefore, operations in social media are considered a serious threat in the context of the upcoming elections. Latvia is actively preparing for possible Russia’s propaganda attacks, similar to those that took place before the elections in the countries of Western Europe and the US. October 6, 2018, the 13th parliamentary elections to take place in the country, which is celebrating its centenary. High-ranking politicians, journalists, and non-governmental organizations are actively involved in developing a strategy of defense against interference from the Eastern border. Uģis Lībietis is a journalist at the Latvian Radio. As he emphasizes, the radio station financed by citizens’ taxes is called “social,” not “state-owned.” The journalist notes jokingly that a few weeks ago the most topical news in Latvia was the ice hockey world championship, in which Latvian team took part.

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Now the sport has ousted the election campaign, although it inflames fewer emotions of Latvians. Roughly, the winners are already known. The top two are the Union of Greens and Farmers (Zaļo un zemnieku savienība, ZZS) and the pro-Russian Social Democratic Party “Zgoda” (Sociāldemokrātiskā partija “Saskaņa”, SDPS). The real face of the latter is the mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs, last year he was elected for the third time for this position. Read more… v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v  v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v