Public opinion and propaganda in Russia

Public opinion and propaganda in Russia

Since Crimea was “returned to Russia”, Vladimir Putin’s performance as President of the Russian Federation has enjoyed an overall approval rating of 85 percent or over. “Crimea’s reunification with Russia” has also enjoyed the support of the same 85 percent.But this goes beyond being a personality cult – just seven percent of people polled are proud of being a Putin supporter. Many observers in Russia and abroad and some ordinary

Tips to Make a Google Search Easier

Today we are going to look among search solutions offered to us by Google. Fortunately, basic search operators spare us from great investigative efforts. The «OR» and «–» operators are the most common in everyday use. With these operators, as with Twitter, we can look for a website containing one or several queried words in one place. For instance, the query [Nayyem OR Leshchenko] would direct us to websites containing

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

Russia is now officially cracking down on anonymizing web services—tools that allow users to access content and websites that might be banned in the country. Roscomnadzor, Russia’s Internet censor, has added the anonymizing service NoBlock to its blacklist registry. The block came after a court in Anapa decreed the service could be used to access content that had earlier been added to the extremist materials list. The court decree from

How a U.S. Think Tank Fell for Putin

The Carnegie Moscow Center used to be a hub of Russian liberalism. Now it stands accused of being a ‘Trojan horse’ for Russian influence. Last June, three months after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and just weeks before Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine shot down a civilian airliner, killing nearly 300 people, a small group of Americans and Russians gathered on the Finnish island of Boisto. Policy analysts and former

How Authentic is Putin’s Approval Rating?

The Moscow-based polling organization Levada Center recently published a survey showing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings at a record high of 89%. Levada was immediately flooded with accusations of bias, corruption, and lack of professionalism—as well as with assertions that public opinion cannot be measured in an authoritarian state. Some observers say that the president’s rating is an inexplicable anomaly: that it’s simply impossible in a country where the

West Must Offer Russians and East Europeans an Alternative Worldview Not Just Accurate Information, Kyiv Paper Says

Those in the West thinking about launching a Russian-language television station to counter Moscow’s lies need to reflect on the fact that “Kremlin propaganda offers its own integral albeit inadequate picture of the world,” while “Europe on the other hand does not offer any picture at all,” according to Kyiv’s “Delovaya stolitsa.” In an unsigned article yesterday, the Kyiv daily comments on the July 20 proposal by Poland and the

Up to 10-year sentences proposed for ‘anti-Russian propaganda’

Russia’s legislators are reportedly preparing draft laws that envisage up to 10-year terms of imprisonment for ‘anti-Russian propaganda’.  There is no clear definition of the ‘crime’, but 10 years was what only ‘repeat offenders’ got in the later Soviet period for ‘anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda’. All of this may just be talk, but with three of the parties in the State Duma seemingly preparing draft bills, it could well be

None of Eight Myths in Putin’s ‘Crimea is Ours’ Ideology Stands Up to Close Examination, Popov Says

“’Krimnashizm’” – as the ideologem “Crimea is Ours” is spelled in Russian – consists of a complex of eight myths that are intended to justify Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine and mobilize support for it, Arkady Popov writes in a 4500-word heavily footnoted article in today’s “Yezhednevny zhurnal.” ( The eight myths which form the core of “’Krimnashizm,’” in his telling are: Myth Number One: Crimea was Given to Ukraine

Fake: GRU Forces Exchanged for Ukrainian Security Officers

On July 27, falsely reported that two Russian fighters from the GRU (the Russian military intelligence special forces), Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeyev, had been exchanged for Ukrainian military personnel. The site gave officials within the Russian and Ukrainian security ministries as sources, as well as Konstantin Kravchuk, Alexandrov’s lawyer. However, the story was later denied by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, and Erofeyev’s

Fake: Sweden’s Purchase of Ukrainian Black Soil

In early July, media and social networks mistakenly reported that Sweden would purchase and export black soil from Ukraine. The news first appeared July 3-4 on,, and on the social Vkontakte group Odesa People’s Militia (Antimaidan). Then the news was disseminated around sites such as,,,, and among pro-Russian social groups like AntiMaidan. On July 26, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported on the export of Ukrainian soil,

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