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How The Kremlin Wields Its Soft Power In France

Amid mounting criticism of its actions against Ukraine, Moscow is stepping up efforts to repair its image and make its voice heard in Europe, with Russian-funded think tanks and media on the ground working hard to woo Europeans. France appears to be a primary target of Russia’s soft-power campaign, writes Natalya Kanevskaya in her article for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The country is home to a myriad of

Russia Today: Putin’s Weapon in the War of Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has created an anti-CNN for Western audiences with the international satellite news network Russia Today. With its recipe of smart propaganda, sex appeal and unlimited cash, it is outperforming its peers worldwide. The political evening program often kicks off with a mixture of chaos and tabloid news. Abby Martin, the American host working for the Kremlin, has her lips slightly parted and is applying red lipstick,

The Opinion-Makers: How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War. Part 2

Part 2: ‘The West Has Never Gotten over Putin’s Return’ The Kremlin also deftly exploits the anti-American sentiment of many Western Europeans, by claiming, for example, that American mercenaries and consultants have been deployed in eastern Ukraine. Even today, there is still no evidence to back any of these allegations. But America’s credibility isn’t helped by the fact that Washington also disseminates its own anti-Russian propaganda. Backed by the drumbeat

The Opinion-Makers: How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War. Part 1

With the help of news services like RT and Ruptly, the Kremlin is seeking to reshape the way the world thinks about Russia. And it has been highly successful: Vladimir Putin has won the propaganda war over Ukraine and the West is divided. Ivan Rodionov sits in his office at Berlin’s Postdamer Platz and seems to relish his role as the bad guy. He rails in almost accent-free German, with

The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything

Fascism returns to the continent it once destroyed. We easily forget how fascism works: as a bright and shining alternative to the mundane duties of everyday life, as a celebration of the obviously and totally irrational against good sense and experience. Fascism features armed forces that do not look like armed forces, indifference to the laws of war in theirapplication to people deemed inferior, the celebration of “empire” after counterproductive

Lie does not hurt

For me the biggest surprise in the current situation is rapid, I would even say instant, demoralization of our media. All who tried to pretend to be a journalist yesterday, today somehow spread out propaganda – frenzied, primitive and cruel. Our TV has burst like an abscess. So loved previously “Gazeta” and “Lenta”, became empty stuffed dummies of their former selves. Journalism no longer exists in the country. People, who

Russian military expert came up with arguments for the presence of Russian special forces in Ukraine

Russian military expert Pavel Felgengauer is certain that disorders on the East of Ukraine are guided by soldiers of Russian special forces. He reasoned this by the fact of shooting down Ukrainian helicopters by MANPAD (Man-Portable Air Defense), its type and method of using. He also drew parallels with the events in Georgia. Please find below the news item by Russian channel “Dozhd” concerning this. Here is the brief summary

Tit-for-Tat: Putin’s Maddening Propaganda Trick

How the Russian leader is driving U.S. officials crazy with his “I know you are but what am I?” technique By now Vladimir Putin’s flair for propaganda is well known. But as the Ukraine crisis continues to unfold, the former KGB agent’s particular brand of disinformation is coming into clear focus. The method is simple. Whenever he’s accused of something, Putin retorts: That’s whatyou’re doing, not me, writes Michael Crowley

Likbez* from the Russian journalist: how media “created” the banderovets**

Anyone can fall into the trap of artificial reality or become part of its creation. However, it is happening for the first time on such a great scale on the territory of post-soviet states. I am a journalist with Russian passport living in Kiev and I want to ask Russians and citizens of East Ukraine: Do you not find it strange that friends and relatives from Kiev are telling you

Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims about Ukraine

“No amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong.”  – President Obama, March 26 Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine. The Russian propaganda machine continues to promote hate speech and incite violence by creating a false threat in Ukraine that does not exist. We would not be seeing the violence and sad events that we’ve witnessed

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