Election fraud, pressure on the media, and persecution of activists are fairly common aspects of any autocracy. Russia…
Ukrainian actor Vitalii Salii received an award from the National Film Critics Award “Kinokolo-2021” in the “Best Actor”…
Russia considers Ukrainian and Belarusian citizens “Russian native speakers” (RNS) by default, and on this basis, it intends…
“For the Kremlin, history is not something to be studied and remembered. It is something that must be controlled to justify Russia’s current actions.”
On June 14, the NATO summit identified two main threats facing the Alliance. These are Russia, which, according to Douglas D Jones, the US Chargé d’Affaires, is “the most immediate threat to the common security of the Allies,” and “the new threat” — China. But so far these threats are of various types. “Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue.”
Active touring of Russian artists in the occupied Ukrainian territories is a strategic move by the Kremlin and a tool to legitimize the occupying power in the eyes of local residents, which should convince them of the “benefits” of “reunification.” So what’s wrong with Russian “apolitical” musicians? Why and how do they threaten our national security? What is the point of banning concerts?
“Western media” is a well-known Russian propaganda technique. And The National Interest (TNI) is one of the favorite American media outlets of Russian propagandists and pro-Russian media in Ukraine.
During the Russia-Belgium football match in St. Petersburg, the players of the Belgian team bowed their knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The players of the Russian national team did not join the gesture and Russian fans booed the Belgian players. FARE (The anti-racist football network “Football Against Racism in Europe”) reacted to the whistling of the Russians to the Belgian national team, calling it a “racist signal.”
To deprive Ukrainian athletes of their uniform where Crimea is Ukrainian, Russia suddenly remembered that “sport is beyond politics.” This is in the country that has twice used the Olympics to cover up military aggression against sovereign neighboring states.
On Sunday, the Ukrainian national football team presented its new kit for Euro 2020 which is about to get started this Friday, June 11. A blue-and-yellow shirt depicts the national map of Ukraine, led by the slogan “Glory to Ukraine”. No breaking news, right? However, the reaction of the Kremlin’s officials was both furious and asymmetric which once again proved that for the Kremlin any pretext would go. So why this time, official Moscow grabbed the case of the football team’s kit as a source of inspiration for disinformation and propaganda spread?