Articles by RT Deutsch are the second most shared articles on German social media. If it was not for one German reliable media outlet, Der Spiegel, Kremlin-owned outlets would dominate the German digital information space in both: number of articles published and social engagements received.
Pro-Kremlin pundits, most of them residing in the West, generously offer their expertise in "better ways to kill Navalny", weaponising sarcasm as a means of disinformation.
Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets attempt to turn the attempted murder of dissident leader Alexei Navalny into a joke. “Hahaganda”- propaganda, disguised as humour, ridicule, is a powerful and efficient instrument for disinformation.
“Cui Bono” – or “who benefits” – is a concept regularly used by the pro-Kremlin media to create an impression of powerful external forces conspiring against Russia.
When journalists at Belarus State TV went on strike, Lukashenka called in strike-breakers from Russia. Even pro-Lukashenka activists are brought in from Moscow.
There are numerous parallels to draw, and the pro-Kremlin media has scrambled in an attempt to draw as many as possible.
Belarusian KGB published recently a recording of an intercepted conversation, allegedly between two intelligence officers from Poland and Germany. According to Alyaksandr Lukashenko, the recording proves foreign involvement in both the protests in Belarus and the Navalny case. But few believe the recording is authentic.
If no external enemy can be found, balloons will have to do the trick.
“The German Statement Follows Goebbel’s Laws on Propaganda” The Kremlin, the Navalny Case and the Art of Denial
The German experts’ conclusion places the Russian authorities in an entirely new position, with its first reaction - deny everything.
Belarusian and Russian state-controlled media have been tweaking and polishing their disinformation narratives, to align them to the same tune.
Russian and Belarusian state media rely on a growing number of bogus “international experts” to legitimize disinformation about the protests in Belarus