It is natural that Little states always live in fear of their larger neighbors, but sometimes paranoia just goes a bit too far. These days Baltic states live in such fear they even see enemies in Children cartoons such as “Masha and the Bear” which is actually a world-wide famous cartoon that has been translated into over 30 languages.
You must have seen it and your kids love it too, however Estonians have found a hidden agenda in the cartoon and tried to decode it.Priit Hõbemyagi a professor from University of Tallinn tried to explain how they suspect, that the Russian cartoon “Masha and the Bear” is part of the new “hybrid war” onto their Estonian children.
“My own experience suggests, that we are talking about manipulation, propaganda and brainwashing. Just, everything is presented beautifully ” he said
He claims that a cartoon featuring a young Masha and her friend Bear which are most of the time in fun adventures typical of children and their pet, but he claims “the bear symbolizes Russia; it’s a fact” and features Russian military actions, or rather the use of “soft power” by Russian troops.
He is convinced that cartoon is just genius crafted tool to convey the whole world a message that Russian bear is actually a soft and kind cuddly bear. He said Russia does tries to widen its borders by “Imposing a positive image of Russia on children, is dangerous for Estonia’s security” he said. Has paranoia went too far when we see enemies even in Children cartoons?