The US indictment of “Sandworm”, Monkey Vaccine narratives and other repeating stories.
A good liar must be a good listener. Just as fortune-tellers, pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets gauge the audiences' hopes, prejudice and fears.
The profound sense of bitterness and resentment about the past is a core element of pro-Kremlin disinformation. It shapes how both history and present times are portrayed in media loyal to the Kremlin.
Be it Nagorno-Karabakh, MH17 or Belarus, everything is always against Russia.
The disinformation ventilation of last week continues with some defensive pro-Kremlin strategies regarding the Navalny poisoning and protests in Belarus.
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.
There are numerous parallels to draw, and the pro-Kremlin media has scrambled in an attempt to draw as many as possible.
Belarusian and Russian state-controlled media have been tweaking and polishing their disinformation narratives, to align them to the same tune.
The pro-Kremlin media is consumed by the fear of freethinking and independent people, so it is busy reducing them to unwitting pawns played by powerful puppet-masters. Blunt force and lies can subdue the protests, but it can never prevail.
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