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This week, the Russian propaganda targeted, like many times before, the European Union and Ukraine. Behind the propaganda we can see an effort to divert attention from domestic unrests that took place last week.

Europe rotting from the inside

Czech server "Czech Free Press" published an article which accuses the European Union of passing laws that justify removal of children from their parents and placing the children in the care of members of the LGBT community.

Furthermore, we can observe an interesting trend of European media adopting strategies of Russian media. In the last two weeks, Russian media have been practicing a strategy of blaming the European media of manipulation and spread of false information. This trend is now far more visible also in the pro-Russian media in Central Europe, e.g. Slovak server "Hlavné Správy" published an article which claims that the German media were ordered to censor information on religion and ethnicity when describing culprits of committed crimes, stating that the earlier conspiracy theory became reality.

Ukraine

As expected, discussions concerning Eurovision are growing stronger in Russia and attempts to discredit Ukraine as an organiser are increasing as well. Kiev is trying to highlight the issue of Crimea occupation by prohibiting entry to Ukraine to people who performed or worked in territory of the Crimean Peninsula. Subsequently, Russian representative Yuliya Samoylova, a young singer in a wheelchair, is not allowed to perform at the Eurovision. This step has become a popular topic with the Russian propaganda, which presents Ukraine as a country that disregards the fundamental rights of disabled people.

Violation of territorial integrity is normal

Russian servers continue in the effort to divert attention from violation of international law in the form of annexation of the Crimea. One strategy is warning against other European countries that are allegedly interested in getting a part of Ukrainian territory. This information appeared several times in various modifications regarding the name of the accused country - whether it is Poland, Romania or Slovakia. This week the report of Hungarian claims to the part of the territory of the Transcarpathian region in the west of the country was revived.

The European Union manipulates neighbouring countries

Very serious report appeared on the Moldovan version of the server "Sputnik". The article accuses representatives of the European Union of preparing mass protests against the current Moldovan government, particularly against the pro-Russian president Dodon, and presents an evidence in the form of pictures from the meeting between Dirk Schuebel, a former EU delegate in the country, and Stanley Vartanyan, an opposition representative. Social networks reportedly released a recording of the meeting. The reason for this strategy is to blacken the EU's name and to undermine confidence in the Union. It may also indicate that dissatisfaction with the new pro-Russian orientation and its results is growing in society.

Let's keep silent about the protests

Last week, big demonstrations against corruption took place in major Russian cities. Protests were triggered by the release of a film, which revealed corruption schemes of Prime Minister Medvedev, by opposition leader Nevalny. The Russian media have been forced to adopt a very interesting strategy: silence. The country's government has not issued any official statement, even after mass arrests of demonstrators. Neither big state-run television stations, nor widely read newspapers mentioned these events. This course of action couldn't be a natural reaction, it is thus directed and controlled by someone. The majority of society, for which television is the source number one, therefore did not get any information concerning the protests. Keeping the society in ignorance is nothing new for Russia, but it is the first time in Putin's rule when the so-called "temnik" strategy manifested so strongly. Full analysis can be found here.

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

About author: Roksolana Dryndak

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