Another week of Russian propaganda: Pedophilia in Finland, civil war in the US and the destruction of men in the west by women
NATO is the aggressor, not Russia. The Kerch Strait incident was a deliberate Ukrainian provocation in which Russia was innocent. Assad never deployed chemical weapons in Syria; that’s a joint effort between terrorists and the White Helmets. Western sanctions have no legitimate justification; they only aim to harm ordinary Russian people. None of these claims are new; we register them in the database every week, ad infinitum.
The week’s most extreme cases centred on fascism and paedophilia – two of the Kremlin’s favourite topics for rousing public outrage and hacking audience attention. New “evidence” has emerged about Finnish concentration camps in World War II: the guards were allegedly raping dying children. Russian media also twisted a satirical article, presenting it as a real story, which claimed that the Estonian government has threatened Russia with a “final military solution“.
Genocide was on the table too, with the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention – which aims to combat violence against women – accused of being a satanic LGBT plot to destroy the traditional family. Meanwhile, postmodern feminism is to blame for the total emasculation and destruction of men, while women become the all-powerful overlords.
Sensationalist stories aimed at eliciting indignation and outrage are intentionally paired with more subtle stories that distort truth just enough to make one doubt reality, and wonder whether there is in fact a sliver of truth to the pro-Kremlin line. This self-doubt and second-guessing of fact-based reality is one of the primary objectives of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign. After all, next to outlandish allegations of paedophilia and Nazism, don’t claims about the US actively stoking tensions with Russia and Ukraine’s responsibility to recognise Crimea as Russian sound almost… reasonable? Well, that’s exactly what the Kremlin is betting on.