Baltics pre­pare to counter Moscow TV

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PALDISKI, Es­to­nia (AP) — The Rus­sian news broad­cast takes broad­sides at Ukraine, trum­pet­ing claims that Ukrainian democ­racy has de­gen­er­ated into fist­fights be­tween right-wing na­tion­al­ists in Par­lia­ment.

Alek­sander Danilov isn’t watch­ing the show in Vladimir Putin’s Rus­sian heart­land. He’s in Es­to­nia, an EU coun­try where there in­creas­ingly are fears that Rus­sia may turn its sights next to the Baltic states af­ter grab­bing a chunk of Ukraine.

Danilov can choose from at least a dozen Rus­sian TV chan­nels via ca­ble — and scores more if he could af­ford a satel­lite dish. Like many other eth­nic Rus­sians across the for­mer Soviet republics of Es­to­nia, Latvia and Lithua­nia, the 55-year-old re­tiree doesn’t speak the lo­cal lan­guage and prefers watch­ing broad­casts from Moscow to the smat­ter­ing of news shows and pro­grams pro­vided in Rus­sian by na­tional Baltic broad­cast­ers.

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