Top 5 weekly propaganda reports by 23 March

  • Roksolana Dryndak
  • 28.3.2017 23:04

This week Russian media have been celebrating the unlawful annexation of Crimea by Russia. Since the grave violation of international law runs fresh in mind, the media focused mostly on defaming the current Ukrainian government and the European Union that keeps referencing the illegal annexation.

Ukraine is making Russia its enemy on its own

TV show Vremja Pokazet on Russia's First Channel focused on the question: "With who is Ukraine fighting?" There were several answers to that. As usual, there was a report that Ukraine's fascist dictatorship made the Russian Federation its enemy only to remain in power. The country was portrayed as a decaying system that is unable to provide its people with basic supplies. It was emphasised that nationalistic and anti-Russian tendencies are on the rise in the country, the example of which was an alleged prohibition of the Russian language. The show also claimed that the fascist regime accuses undesirable people, i.e. Russian-speakers and Donbas residents, of cooperation with the enemy. Tv Zvezda published a report saying that Ukrainian pensioners live in absolute poverty, which forces them to collect dry bread that people feed pigeons. As you can see, the reports attempt to justify any foreign policy moves in people's eyes and show that Crimea would face poverty and oppression under the rule of Ukraine.

Ukraine is on the verge of collapse

Such reports were seconded by pro-Russian media in the Czech Republic. Website Protiproud published articles with all-telling headlines: "Fearless Banderists: Running team on the run from the fight. Kiev illusions clash with reality. Everything with hands and legs deserted. Officers prefer alcohol. Journey to borders settlement: Is there going to be a military coup?" and "Savchenko: Putin would be a better leader of Ukraine than Poroshenko. Nationalisation of Donbass companies as the next step to the independent DPR. Is the president of the Maidan putschists going to run to Spain?" These reports aim at overwhelming readers with conspiration theories, speculations and false statistics, that predict a catastrophe for Ukraine.

EU is oppressing its members

Similar attacks were aimed at the European Union as well. The EU is described as an illegitimate authority that together with the United States suppresses the interests of small countries and practices Russophobic politics. Such reports undermine the people's trust in liberal governments and democratic elections. They try to create the impression that the only representatives of ordinary people are politicians, who are hypocritically called "populists" by the mainstream.

EU turns a blind eye to Nazism

Although we can observe considerable changes in terms of propaganda strategies, some reoccurring old topics still play the key role. The claims of support of Nazism and nationalism are still being used in slight variations and alterations. For instance, server Russo-Slovakian Society used it in an article that aims at discrediting this way Latvia and the EU.

Russian media have to fight European propaganda

European media begin to actively address the problem of uncovering false or manipulative reports and new initiatives are being created to secure information space of individual countries. Russian propaganda is not blind to the effort and in reaction Russia Today attempts to create its own strategy. As we informed you before Russian media try to create the impression that it is European media who spread manipulative information. This week, Russia Today went as far as creating its own version of Swedish strategy of verifying correct understanding of reports with quizes. The quizes, that were supposed to check for the correct understanding of articles, contrarily confirm the lie to the reader by summing it up in one sentence. The analysis of the strategy can be found here.

The full list of recent Russian propaganda strategies can be viewed here.

About author: Roksolana Dryndak

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