A catalog of the Kremlin’s worst fears: this week’s Disinfo review
One element that strikes anyone who follows pro-Kremlin media is an omnipresent state of fear, anxiety, panic, anguish… Everything is sinking, breaking down, crumbling to pieces. This week’s Disinfo Review is a catalog of the Kremlin’s worst fears.
Accepting the truth can be scary for anyone, but in the case of pro-Kremlin disinformation, one observes a wholly uncompromising obsession with avoiding the truth. Take Crimea, for instance. The pro-Kremlin media continually repeat claims that this illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, after a farcical “referendum,” was performed democratically and according to international law.
It wasn’t: the illegal annexation of Crimea remains a violation of international law, no matter how often or how hysterically you attempt to lie about the truth of what happened. Or take the case of the Russian diplomats expelled from Germany in response to the killing of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili: the Russian state media reacts with its customary strategy “Deny Everything,” despite solid proof from German police that the killing “was carried out either on behalf of state agencies of the Russian Federation or those of the Autonomous Chechen Republic, as part of the Russian Federation.”