Putin's 'master plan' for the Baltic States - new investigation

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A new documentary by leading Baltic journalists investigates the Russian President Vladimir Putin's master plan for and interference in the Baltic States by following a $100 million money trail that funds Russian-backed proxies in the Baltics.
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