Putin’s state media war ‘lies’ to the Russian people – from secret labs to fake victims – Reuters
State-controlled media is fueling the country with a scandalous narrative that insists right-wing Ukrainians are responsible for the war, say communications experts
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Lies told to the Russian people by Putin-controlled state media are helping to fuel the war in Ukraine, says a communications expert.
And the nation is fed daily with a menu of untruths about the conflict that knows no bounds.
We can reveal a report that a blood-smeared beauty blogger was portrayed as a “victim” in a bombed-out Ukrainian maternity hospital.
Another showed charred Russian bodies after a “Ukrainian terror attack” which a trusted website later revealed had been pulled from a morgue and blown up.
The media says the ruble is not in freefall – and a Russian journalist has compared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Hitler – even though he is Jewish.
A television channel reported that he was a drug addict. It is even claimed that Ukraine has secret US-funded laboratories to develop chemical weapons.
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Political communications expert Joanna Szostek says she was horrified by the lies of Russian TV stations and newspapers.
Szostek, who has lived in both Russia and Ukraine and revealed the latest bizarre claims, said: “It makes me angry. This is a war fueled by lies. The people at the top created this alternate reality for themselves. They swallow too much of their own propaganda.
“The term denazification is everywhere and what we see is the dehumanization of Ukraine.” Szostek says most Russians are fooled by the false information about the invasion.
“The majority will see and believe what the state says. But there is a minority, usually young people on the Internet, not so taken in by the lies.
But they pay a price to express themselves.
Nadya Tolokonnikova of anti-establishment rock band Pussy Riot said friends ended up in jail after protesting the state’s insistence it was a “special operation”.
Szostek, who teaches at the University of Glasgow, added: “Right now you can be sentenced to prison for calling Ukraine a war. There have been incidents where journalists have been killed. But this parallel reality will crack because state media cannot hide empty shelves. The economic collapse will shatter the propaganda war.