Distorting Russia


St-Basil-s-Cathedral-russia-33388443-1280-800The subtitle of this interesting article is “How the American Media Misrepresent Putin, Sochi, and Ukraine”, but it really talks about propaganda and slanting news to fit political agendas. Now that actually sounds very Soviet!

An excerpt: “…If Russia under Yeltsin was presented as having legitimate politics and national interests, we are now made to believe that Putin’s Russia has none at all, at home or abroad—even on its own borders, as in Ukraine.

Russia today has serious problems and many repugnant Kremlin policies. But anyone relying on mainstream American media will not find there any of their origins or influences in Yeltsin’s Russia or in provocative US policies since the 1990s—only in the “autocrat” Putin who, however authoritarian, in reality lacks such power. Nor is he credited with stabilizing a disintegrating nuclear-armed country, assisting US security pursuits from Afghanistan and Syria to Iran or even with granting amnesty, in December, to more than 1,000 jailed prisoners, including mothers of young children.”

The full article can be read at the online edition of The Nation

Distorting Russia | The Nation.

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