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On the real goal of Russian disinformation

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On the real goal of Russian disinformation

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for well over a month. Those of us who live in nations with a commitment to free speech and the free press have become accustomed to seeing articles with headlines like “At the Edge of Kyiv, Ukrainians Show Off Their Counteroffensive”, “Putin ‘Misinformed’ by Advisers on the War, White House Says”, and “Russian troops ‘drive tank over commander’ amid anger at high casualties”. Upon reading those articles, the overwhelming majority of Americans choose to believe that the information they provide us with is correct.

More than that, we see a flow of more casual information through the guise of social media that highlights the struggle of everyday life for individual Ukranians, Russia’s targeting of civilian buildings, and even the resistance music that plays on radio stations in Kyiv. This further validates the information we receive from traditional media outlets. 

Many Russians, and countless other individuals who do not have their right to free speech and a free press actualized are not granted access to this information- instead, citizens of repressive countries are stuck tuning in to state media for most of their information. In Russia this media diet consists of the state television channel Rossiya, well known (but scarcely trusted) sources like Russia Today and Sputnik News, and whatever scatterings of international media can weave their way through the various censorship blacklists that have restricted the content that Russians can consume both online and through their television screens for well over a decade.

VPNs and apps like Telegram provide greater access to Russians who use them, but doing so comes with legal risks. More than that, these people make up a small portion of the Russian population and are overwhelmingly young and urban. Many of them, presumably, are already in jail for demonstrating against the war.

The West often misunderstands the purpose of Russian disinformation both in how it shapes political discourse in Russia and how it impacts the larger world. The goal is not to persuade Russians that the Kremlin cannot tell a lie, nor is it to completely censor all narratives that might push back against the Russian position. Frankly, individual Russian citizens are too smart to fall for such obvious propaganda.

Instead, Russians are given the impression of a semi-free media through the occasional sample of some of the West’s most controversial political personalities, “what about-isim”, and the frequent exaggeration of otherwise honest stories. This maelstrom of political repression and half-truths serves to discredit the media in its entirety in the eyes of the Russian people- leaving the Kremlin as the last remaining viable narrator. Similarly, Russian disinformation within the United States is designed much more towards facilitating distrust and political disengagement than it is towards the benefit of one political party over another.

Putin and his crownies know that Russia is too deeply integrated in the international community to pursue a full “Hermit Kingdom” strategy. Putin also knows that the strength of the American free press will make it all but impossible for reasonable Americans to be outright duped by his lies. So, in lue of this, Russian officials have adopted a strategy of sewing confusion and general distrust.

Eventually, the Kremlin hopes that this distrust will turn to disinterest. That the public’s attention will shift away from Putin’s atrocities, and that Ukraine-aligned governments will decide that cheaper gas and grain is more desirable than a drawn out (economic) conflict with autocracy. 

What can those of us in the West do to thwart Putin’s efforts? We can continue to pay attention to what is taking place in Ukraine, we can continue to seek out information from a broad range of sources, and we can inspire our fellows to do the same. More than anything else we can keep the pressure on elected representatives and media outlets alike to shine a light on these critically important issues. 

Putin does not need to persuade you of his lies to win out in Ukraine, all he needs you to do is stop caring.


Peter Scaturro is the Director of Studies at the Foreign Policy Association



Source: https://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2022/04/13/on-the-real-goal-of-russian-disinformation/


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    • beLIEve

      MEDIA WHORE$…………A $IN-PHONEY of $atanic LYRE$ :!: :twisted: :idea:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be21ce0f40f42cb1c38131b2bb5a31e2fdb677fd80295aaf2123e50bca26aa67.jpg

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      QUOTE from the “PO$T” above…….. :wink: :lol:

      Putin also knows that the $TRENGTH OF :oops: ….THE AMERICAN FREE PRE$$ :lol: :wink: will make it all but IMPO$$IBLE

      FOR reasonable AMERICANS TO BE outright DUPED BY his LIE$ :!: :!: :lol: :wink: :idea: :idea:

      ***
      April 11th 2022

      FRENCH JOURNALIST Describes Time In UKRAINE :idea:

      VIDEO……2 MINUTES :idea:

      French journalist after visiting Ukraine:“I was surprised that in order TO JOIN THE ranks of the ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE.. this MU$T
      BE DONE…..THROUGH the AMERICANS….We almost got arrested. An American came up and said: “here I am in command, not the UKRAINIANS….

      https://www.bitchute.com/video/aVZeyycQgXBk/

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      VETERANS TODAY :idea:

      April 13 Sitrep: Operation Z By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor -April 13, 2022

      (Sitrep = SITUATION Report…….OPERATION Z = Russian Operations )

      In short, he says he was shocked to see AMERICAN GENERALS RUNNING the ENTIRE SHOW ON the GROUND and he says the NAMES of them WILL BE REVEALED in his new exposé in the FRENCH Figaro NEWSPAPER THIS WEEK. This is further proof that THI$ CONFLICT IS…truly… :idea: NATO vs. Russia :idea: and NATO…I$ LO$ING BADLY :!:

      • beLIEve

        This is further PROOF that THI$ CONFLICT IS…truly… :idea: NATO vs. Russia :idea: and NATO…I$ LO$ING BADLY :!: Another report states: “the UNITED STATES IS MOVING ITS advanced HEADQUARTERS units TO the WESTERN borders of UKRAINE. In particular, the 5th Corps is being relocated. This suggests that IT IS NOT the General Staff of the ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE that CONTROLS MILITARY OPERATIONS….BUT…..NATO OFFICERS.

        And WE ARE AT WAR….NOT WITH some PUPPET REGIME….in Kiev……….BUT WITH…….THE COLLECTIVE WEST.” :idea:

        *
        He also reports about 2 RETIRED AMERICAN “OFFICERS”…TRAPPED THERE. Could this be the general everyone is talking about :?:

        “⚡️”AZOV” CAN ELIMINATE….2 US OFFICERS in MARIUPOL⚡️

        According to the @wargonzo project from sources on the Donbas frontline, based on an ANALYSIS OF RADIO INTERCEPTS OF
        ENEMY COMMUNICATIONS….THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO HIGH-RANKING….retired AMERICAN OFFICERS IN the AIR RAID SHELTERS AT…….AZOV-STAL. :idea: :idea:

        According to our sources, they entered Mariupol together with PMC “Academy” and most LIKELY are not active employees of the Pentagon. However, at the same time they are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT persons FOR WASHINGTON. :twisted:

        “THESE OFFICERS ARE AWARE OF….MANY COVERT US OPERATIONS in THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES…AND…ARE the…BEARER
        OF INFORMATION…THAT IS EXTREMELY $EN$ITIVE TO WASHINGTON,” a source…

        • beLIEve

          “THESE OFFICERS ARE AWARE OF….MANY COVERT US OPERATIONS in THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES…AND…ARE
          the…BEARER OF INFORMATION…THAT IS EXTREMELY $EN$ITIVE TO WASHINGTON,” a source familiar with the analysis of radio intercepts told the @wargonzo project.

          It is also noted that in order to conceal this “sensitive information”, the AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES
          ARE…READY TO ORDER the AZOV MILITANTS…TO ELIMINATE THESE TWO OFFICERS. :evil:
          Whether they are alive at the moment is not yet known for sure.”

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          #NATO officers from #FRANCE, GERMANY, the UK and “neutral” SWEDEN are STUCK at #MARIUPOL…AFTER FRONTLINE DEFEAT, according to Russian press reports, and are attempting to negotiate an evacuation corridor with the forces Russian.

          :arrow: CLICK on LINK for full article…..

          https://www.veteranstoday.com/2022/04/13/674615/

          * :idea: * :idea: *

          The following REPORT from ….The Truthseeker…… :idea: is UNCONFIRMED :idea: :idea:

          Hal Turner – April 11, 2022

          FIRE TRUCKS are being BROUGHT TO the AZOVSTAL Steel MILL in southern MARIUPOL, Ukraine . . . but there is no fire. The trucks are going to be used TO PUMP WATER INTO the PLANT…. :idea: to DROWN the three thousand AZOV Regiment NAZIS holed-up IN the VAST CATACOMBS BENEATH the PLANT. EACH fire TRUCK will PUMP about 35,000 GALLONS PER HOUR into the UNDERGROUND complex VIA the ABOVE-GROUND AIR DUCTS…. until all the NAZI troops…

          • beLIEve

            EACH fire TRUCK will PUMP about 35,000 GALLONS PER HOUR into the UNDERGROUND complex VIA the ABOVE-GROUND AIR DUCTS…. until all the NAZI troops are either drowned or otherwise suffocated to death.

            The AZOVSTAL STEEL COMPLEX is a major piece of infrastructure for Ukraine and for the region. Damaging it with bunker-buster bombs to get at the….AZOV Regiment NAZIS…BIOLAB WORKERS…and (alleged) NATO OFFICERS…HIDING FROM the RUSSIAN TROOPS… is thought to be too high a price to pay. Said one Russian official who asked to remain anonymous “Nazis have no value, as humans or otherwise. The STEEL MILL, however IS quite valuable and IMPORTANT.”

            While bombing the plant has, for now, been ruled out, the PLANT CAN SURVIVE BEING INUNDATED WITH WATER. :idea:

            CLICK on LINK for full article……

            https://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=252102

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            An INDEX of articles….

            https://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk

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