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Sputnik’s Disinformation as if Former Lithuanian President was KBG Agent

3 October, 2019

On September 26, Sputnik Georgia released an article and an accompanying video headlined “From being KBG’s secret agent to feminism: Dalia Grybauskaitė’s career.” According to the video, Grybauskaitė has come a long road in her career development and after being a KGB agent and the Lithuanian President, she was offered the position of ambassador for “equal rights generation” at the UN. The same video notes that Dalia Grybauskaitė served at the KGB under the codename “Magnolia.” 

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Sputnik’s information about Dalia Grybauskaitė allegedly being a KGB agent is a lie. The disinformation was first spread in 2015, when fake documents about Lithuania’s ex-President were published.

  • The documents featuring Grybauskaitė under the codename “Magnolia,” as well as the letter published by the Main Administration for Internal Affairs of Leningrad, also referring to Grybauskaitė, are false.

According to EUvsDisinfo, reports about the former Lithuanian President allegedly being a KBG agent are repeated disinformation, which started to circulate in 2015. In fact, there is no evidence to prove this information and the documents, which were spread after the website of the Center for Research of Genocide and Resistance of Lithuanian Residents was hacked, are fake. 

According to the same report, the documents included a letter containing inaccuracies and formulations not used in the USSR in 1982, when it was allegedly written. A couple of days after its publishing, the photo of one of the documents – a Russian-language letter was posted on the blog of Mikhail Delyagin, Russian far right politician and economist. The letter was written by the head of one of the departments of the Main Administration for Internal Affairs of Leningrad and it was addressed to the Rector of Leningrad State University. 

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Source: theins.ru

According to the letter, Dalia Grybauskaitė, a student of Leningrad State University, together with one Finnish and two Soviet citizens, was in the bar, where she was caught out by police for
“inappropriate behavior in the place of public gathering.” The letter notes in the end that “by order of KGB curators, the proceedings were suspended.”  

Inaccuracies 

The authenticity of this letter is doubtful for a number of reasons. The document mentions the Interior Ministry’s Special Service Department; however, no department with the same name existed in 1982. There was only Special Militsiya. In 1982, Special Directorate was replaced by the 8th Main Department of the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs. The letter was signed by the head of the 3rd Department who was in charge of violations committed by foreign nationals. However, this Department did not fall under subordination of any special structure. 

Moreover, time is indicated in the letter in the present-day format – 22:40, though during the Soviet period, a full stop was used to separate hours and minutes – 22.40. In addition, official documents would include the following formulation – “22 hours and 40 minutes.” 

  • Who spread disinformation about the former Lithuanian President? 

Ria Novosti, lenta.ru, segodnia.ru, Русское Агентство Новостейrubaltic.ru also were spreading fake news in 2015-2018 about Dalia Grybauskaitė allegedly being a KGB agent.

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