The Kremlin has been up in arms against the alleged “blockade” of Kaliningrad since neighboring Lithuania restricted freight traffic between the exclave and Russia under EU sanctions. However, some residents of the isolated area suspect domestic political motives behind the dispute.

Will Russia soon open the next front in Europe after attacking Ukraine? Anyone who recently followed the Russian reactions to the dispute over the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad almost had to get that impression. Since neighboring Lithuania announced about a week ago that it would restrict rail traffic for certain goods between Russia and the exclave as part of EU sanctions, all Kremlin channels have been ranting about the alleged “blockade” of Kaliningrad.