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How the Kremlin tries to play US protests

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Susan Rice, a national security adviser in the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama, has said that Russia could be behind the riots that began in the U.S. after the death of African American George Floyd during his detention by police. This statement immediately provoked outrage and ridicule from the Kremlin media. On the one hand, the scepticism about Rice’s statement is understandable. The Russian special

Propaganda backfire: the Kremlin’s conspiracy theories undermine its own authority

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline By supporting theories aimed at destabilising the US during the Coronavirus pandemic, Kseniya Kirillova reports on how Putin has opened up a Pandora’s Box at home. According to a survey conducted by the Higher School of Economics at the end of May, a third of Russians (32.8%) believe that the danger of the Coronavirus pandemic is exaggerated or consider it to be an invention of “interested parties”.

Russian radicals turn Trump into a hero of the “Holy War”

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times Kseniya Kirillova explores how the more extreme Coronavirus conspiracy theories emanating from Russia are created for export to US Ultra Conservatives.  the first half of April, BBC News prepared material that described various conspiracy theories on the origin of the Coronavirus put forward by the state Russian media. In particular, the journal of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Affairs, and the publication of the Ministry of

Putin is changing the Russian Constitution for his own ends

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times Kseniya Kirillova analyses the new laws which enshrine the Russian President’s future power, control of the past and attempts to mobilise Russian expansion. As expected, the Russian State Duma and Federation Council approved amendments to the Constitution on 11 March. The revision of the supreme law began on 15 January, with the first package of amendments proposed by Vladimir Putin. In the weeks which

Emigrant espionage: How the Kremlin keeps the Russian diaspora abroad vulnerable

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times Kseniya Kirillova explains the influences that make Russians overseas prey to pressure from Vladimir Putin, and how to counteract them. ‘Putin, Bring in Troops!’ The head of a major Russian think tank, the Foundation for the Protection of National Values, last week proposed amending the Russian Constitution to include, in the words of Alexander Malkevich, the right to protect Russians abroad. In particular, the

Kseniya Kirillova: The reasoning for Putin’s high approval ratings among Russian diaspora

By Kseniya Kirillova, for GEO’ Many researchers both in Russia and abroad note a high level of support for present-day Russian politics and Vladimir Putin personally among émigré community. There are no exact sociological studies on this subject, since it’s rather difficult to define the very concept of “diaspora”. In particular, some emigrants from Russia or the former Soviet Union are so assimilated in the new country that they practically

Zelensky playing on Putin’s fears Ukraine could be an alternative Russia, Kirillova says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Even before his inauguration, incoming Ukrainian president has launched an information war against Moscow, calling on others in the post-Soviet countries to see what is “possible” if one does what Ukraine is doing and offering Ukrainian citizenship to those, including Russians, who are struggling against authoritarian regimes. To the extent he follows through on these words, Kseniya Kirillova says, he will be conducting “an

Kseniya Kirillova: The power of disappointment

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Integrity Initiative In the first year of the Russian-Ukrainian war, while trying to understand the origins of the patriotic upsurge that had gripped Russia after its aggression against a neighbouring state, I wrote about the vagueness of moral norms in public consciousness. The same thoughts were later expressed by many political scientists and publicists: Kremlin propaganda does not try to convince Russians that their country is

Movies and propaganda: How the Kremlin influences public opinion at home and abroad

By Kseniya Kirillova, for EU Today In the middle of November British critics accused a famous Russian cartoon “Masha and the Bear” of pushing “Kremlin’s propaganda”. Specifically, The Times refers to the Buckingham University professor Anthony Glees, who specialises in studying the work of intelligence agencies. According to the expert’s opinion, “Masha has a stubborn and unpleasant personality, but at the same time she is strong-minded. She bites off more than she can chew. It would not

The Putin regime uses blackmail against its people and the West

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Integrity Initiative As its confrontation with the West grows, Russia is increasing its use of elements of diplomatic blackmail, both veiled and direct. In general, threats and fear-mongering are some of the main tools of the Putin regime, primarily in domestic policy, where they serve as an essential means of ensuring the loyalty and obedience of the population. However, the Kremlin actively uses the same tactics

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