Russian-language propagandists are taking aim at Canada’s military mission to Latvia by linking the troops to the Armed Forces’ most-disgraced commander.
A website with the same name as a prominent Russian news program has re-published infamous photos of convicted killer Russell Williams, a former commander in Canada’s air force, posing in women’s underwear, suggesting the Canadian military is full of homosexuals and shouldn’t be counted on by Latvians.
Canadian commanders had been warned to expect a barrage of negative Russian propaganda over this mission.
The article appeared on a Russian-language news site called Vesti.lv, which is also the name of a TV news show in Russia.
The story mocks Canada’s military mission in Latvia with the headline, “The Gay Battlegroup: NATO has dug into Latvia.”
It goes on to say that the U.S. has the only worthwhile military in the Baltics and all the others — including Canada — are “deeply comical.”