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‘The Kremlin is worried’ as they try to suppress the horrors over the Ukraine invasion as media wage war on Putin

by LLB political Reporter
6th Mar 22 1:28 pm

Vladimir Putin is facing another war, a war being waged by the media as “the Kremlin is clearly worried” over the truth of the horrors that is happening in Ukraine.

Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, a lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University has said the Kremlin are desperately trying to cover up what is really happening in Ukraine.

Dr Chatterje-Doody said the Kremlin has tried to push their propaganda through state controlled TV and newspapers, but the truth is now starting to “trickle through” to Russians as to what is happening in Kyiv and Kharkiv.

She said, “Although all the main state TV channels tow the Kremlin’s line, the independent media (such as Echo of Moscow radio station and the newspaper Novaya Gazeta) have been openly very critical of what Russia’s doing.

“There was even discussion of Putin as a war criminal.”

She continued, “Although state TV is where most Russian people get their news, oppositional views have still been available via some independent news outlets that were still permitted to operate in Russia, including the famous Echo of Moscow radio station, and the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, whose editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, won the Nobel peace prize last year.

“The Kremlin is clearly worried as we’re now seeing a massive clampdown on those last vestiges of independent media in Russia. Russia’s regulator has gone into overdrive.

“Echo of Moscow was just taken off the air and web news outlets have been forced to remove so-called false information – essentially stories that don’t follow the Kremlin’s line about its ‘special operation.’

“Novaya Gazeta ran a front page that starkly stated ‘Russia is bombing Ukraine’ – which the Kremlin has been denying, and which would just seem inconceivable to most Russians.”

She added, “At the start of the invasion there was a surprisingly large number of Russian celebrities stating their opposition to the war through social media posts. This included big name comedians and singers who have made their careers appearing on state TV.

“There has been even more dissent coming through in Russia’s international media operations, with numerous staff across its news agency and international web and broadcasting operations resigning in protest.”

Dr Chatterje-Doody warned that Russia’s state-funded domestic television services are essentially Kremlin mouthpieces.

The state controlled TV stations literally push out Putin’s lies over neo-Nazis and keep to the line that there is no war in Ukraine no invasion and it is simply a “special operation” designed to prevent “genocide” in eastern Ukraine’s region of Donbas.

She said that many Russians do have “active links” to Ukraine and they have “first hand accounts of what” is really happening in Ukraine through “personal messaging apps.”

She added, “But there are still many who don’t believe.

“And the Russian government partially restricted access to some social networks which had been fact-checking or restricting Russian state media, so the people have a harder time accessing news from their networks.”

She continued, “Years of government propaganda and high levels of political apathy have taken their toll.

“People will often cling to the simplest explanation of what going on – that the Kremlin’s protecting the people of Donbas from fascists and that the evidence of attacks on civilian targets are either fake news, are atrocities or provocations committed by Ukraine.”

Dr Chatterje-Doody, said that Russian domestic TV, “They all clearly got on board with this being a ‘special operation’, not a war.

“But in their desperation to keep up with negative public reactions to the information that’s trickling out, we’ve seen state TV replaying twenty-year-old comments from a popular Russian actor, saying that in times of war, you should never speak ill of your own side, even if they’re wrong.

“There’s no consistency there – is it a special operation or is it a war?

“The clear answer is that for state TV, it’s whatever it has to be at a particular moment to shield the Kremlin from the consequences of its actions at home.”

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