Did Latvia grant assistance to former pioneers?

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Information about Latvia recognizing pioneers as victims of the Soviet regime and granting pensions in the amount of 220 Euros circulates on the Georgian social network.

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Information about Latvia granting former pioneers the assistance was made up by the Russian satirical edition Panorama.pub and is not true.

  • Story about the assistance to former pioneers was made up by the satirical- humorous  web-page

On February 18, 2020, Russian satirical edition Panorama.pub published information, according to which Latvian Saeima decided to grant Latvian pioneers monthly assistance to compensate damages caused by the Soviet regime. In reality, the law about the assistance to former pioneers has not been initiated nor enacted in Latvian Saeima.

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Even the logo of the Panorama.pub emphasizes its satirical nature. What’s more, at the end of each article, there is a disclaimer on the webpage stating that “All existing texts are a parody of reality and isn’t a true story”.

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  • Information about the assistance to former pioneers disseminated in other post-Soviet Union states as well

Satirical information published in February 2020 was disseminated as a real fact in Georgia and other post-Soviet Union states in 2020 and 2021. Ukrainian and other foreign fact-checking organizations have verified the information.

A fictional story by the satirical editions frequently disseminates as real facts, in Georgia, Panorama.pub’s satirical information has disseminated online as real facts more than once. “Myth Detector” has verified several cases at different times:


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