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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

Fear and hatred: how propaganda persuades with emotion

Kseniya Kirillova, for Integrity Initiative As Russian propaganda and disinformation spread around the world, more and more initiatives  are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centres that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective

Delusions of freedom: the US far right and the Kremlin

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Integrity Initiative One of the pillars of Putin’s political system is confrontation with the outside world and the search for enemies. His regime conducts “information operations” against the West to try and undermine democracy. The operations are in many ways similar to the propaganda techniques used by the Kremlin inside Russia. They use lies, slander, selective use of facts, conspiracy theories and a multitude of contradictory

Russian Influence Tactics in America: The Lozansky Files

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Defence Report Materials shedding light on the character of Russian intrusion into internal affairs of the United States and other western countries revealed many tactics of Russian influence abroad – starting from direct lobbying and ending with variety of “special ops disguised under other countries’ flags”.  However not many know that core strategies of Russia’s foreign policy and influence on other countries’ decision mechanisms were developed

The Kremlin Guard: Russia’s Pro-Government Youth Organizations

By Ksenia Kirillova, for Defence Report The leader of the Young Guard of United Russia Denis Davydov announced that this organization plans to create groups to combat opposition movements in every region of the country. According to him, such groups will first appear in Moscow, cities with a population of over a million, and “problematic” for “United Russia” regions. The membership of each unit is expected to be from 100 to 200 people. At

Propaganda as a drug – even for Putin’s Russia

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Defencereport Recently, Russian propaganda has committed another abomination against the dissident Ilya Yashinand his elderly grandmother. The camera crew “Life” broke into a nursing home, where the sick 84-year-old woman lived, and, having written down several of her comments, wrote a story directed against her grandson based on these comments.  As Ilya himself remarked, this act became the new low in betrayal and cynicism. However, it reflects not only the

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