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The examples of disinformation from this week offer a 360 degree overview of topics connected to Russia and the USSR. Where an apology would be proper, there is no remorse, only accusations.

A clear example of this is the poisoning of the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Pro-Kremlin media writes that Germany violated the Chemical Weapons Convention by refusing to collaborate with Russia. In other words, Navalny is not the victim here, Russia is.

As for the MH17 tragedy, the pro-Kremlin media moans that the purpose of the trial is not to establish the true culprits. This claim shows that while 298 people were murdered, there is only one victim in the eyes of the pro-Kremlin media – Russia.

The same logic was and is applied to Ukraine. Instead of admitting that Holodomor was caused by the directed actions of the Soviet authorities, the pro-Kremlin media accuses Ukrainians of creating a “hype” on this topic. This means that instead of 7 million people starving to death, the pro-Kremlin media… well, you guessed it.

 

Rattling the sabre

Coming back to the current day, the pro-Kremlin media claimed that Romania and the US conducted military drills near Crimea, because it’s a good place to play out the scenario of the invasion of Crimea. The victim, yet again, would be obvious.

Or the EU sanctions – according to the radio show hosted by the infamous Vladimir Solovyov, they are proof that Germany and Europe want to be at war with Russia. The victim… well, yes, but also all the poor people who listen to the radio show.

The last example of this victim mentality comes from Moldova, where newly elected Maia Sandu called for the withdrawal of the circa 1,000 Russian troops deployed in Transnistria and asked to replace them with an OSCE civilian observer mission. While Moscow officials called this “irresponsible“, the pro-Kremlin media added some colour and groundlessly claimed that this might lead to an armed occupation of Transnistria, to provoke a clash with Russian forces and then favour a NATO intervention in the territory.

To sum up the disinformation examples above, their main idea is to prove that Russia is the victim, thereby implying it can’t be the culprit. This self-victimisation allows the Kremlin to manipulate the public, to evade responsibility for its aggressive foreign policy and to employ the state-controlled media to convey that message. And to be successful in its communications, the RT’s “management instilled in foreign journalists working at RT UK and RT America an image that Russia is a victim of Western politics”.

21 years of “obida

But showing itself as a victim also hints at the existence of cognitive dissonance arising from how the Kremlin treats its opponents and what it believes about itself. And this belief becomes visible when one follows how the Kremlin has ordered the Kremlin owned media to present the Kremlin as a spotless hero. For example, the Kremlin’s secret pacts with Hitler neither threatened neighbours, nor paved the way to wars. And Russia’s occupation of neighbouring countries were never occupations but in line with the international law of the past. Not to forget that Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggression against Ukraine were expression of the will of local citizens or a response to US-sponsored colour revolutions.

But there is also a simpler explanation. A year ago we wrote that the culture of “obida“, or resentment, is a deliberate move to distract Russians from current issues and domestic problems in the country. Back in January 2020, we concluded that twenty years of Putin have been twenty years of this resentment. And it will soon be 21.


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Date
Title
Outlets
Country
07.12.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania - Russian
EU, US, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
07.12.2020
  • Sputnik Greece
Venezuela
07.12.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • dowwar.com,
  • iq.shafaqna.com,
  • iq.shafaqna.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • Sahafaty
Japan, US, Russia
06.12.2020
  • addiyar.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • al-yom.com,
  • Alalam TV,
  • alayyam.info,
  • albaosala.net,
  • albawabhnews.com,
  • alerfannews.com,
  • algerianexpress.com,
  • alhilalalyoum.com,
  • aljoumhouria.com,
  • aljoumhouria.com,
  • alkalimaonline.com,
  • almaalomah.com,
  • almadenahnews.com,
  • almarkazia.com,
  • almashhad-alyemeni.com,
  • almuraqeb-aliraqi.org,
  • alsharqtoday.com,
  • alsyasiah.ye,
  • ansarollah.com,
  • ar.farsnews.ir,
  • RT Arabic ,
  • arabstoday.net,
  • asabnews.com,
  • asianewslb.com,
  • bahrainhub.net,
  • belarabinews.net,
  • boyemen.com,
  • christian-dogma.com,
  • copts-united.com,
  • dowwar.com,
  • egyportal.com,
  • elbaladtv.net,
  • elhiwarettounsi.com,
  • elnashra.com,
  • elqalamcenter.com,
  • elqarar.com,
  • ertikaznews.com,
  • gulf-one.com,
  • hathalyoum.net,
  • imlebanon.org,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • jbcnews.net,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kassioun.org,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • khafayalb.com,
  • khlaasa.net,
  • Klyoum.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • light-dark.net,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • masralyoum.net,
  • Misr Alan,
  • msarnews.com,
  • mwatan.news,
  • nabd.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • now-lebanon.net,
  • npasyria.com,
  • nuomnews.com,
  • qmedia.one,
  • royanews.tv,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • saaa25.org,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • sahafah-24.net,
  • Sahafah 24,
  • sahafah24,
  • shaamtimes,
  • shamra,
  • shorouknews.com,
  • sns.sy,
  • syrcomparty.com,
  • syrianownews.com,
  • tahtalkoba.com,
  • The Nation Press Arab,
  • vetogate.com,
  • wafaamagazine.org,
  • wafaamagazine.org,
  • watira.com,
  • world-newsnow.com,
  • yemen-now.net,
  • yemen-now.net,
  • yemenakhbar.com,
  • yemenvibe.com,
  • yemeress.com
Japan, Russia
06.12.2020
  • Polit.info
Sweden, Ukraine
05.12.2020
  • Sputnik Greece
Italy, Russia
05.12.2020
  • Baltnews Lithuania
Belarus, Russia
05.12.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania - Russian,
  • Sputnik Lithuania,
  • eurolitva.ru
US, Lithuania, Baltic states, Russia
05.12.2020
  • Bloknot Moldova,
  • actualiti.md,
  • Argumenty i Fakty v Moldove,
  • Cenzura,
  • Komsomolskaya Pravda - Moldova
Moldova, US
05.12.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
EU, US, Russia
05.12.2020
  • PolitPuzzle
EU, US, Ukraine
05.12.2020
  • Sputnik France - YouTube,
  • Sputnik France,
  • Sputnik France,
  • Sputnik France - Facebook,
  • Twitter Resource,
  • Sputnik France - Facebook,
  • Sputnik France - Facebook,
  • Sputnik France - SoundCloud
US
04.12.2020
  • Sputnik Lithuania,
  • Sputnik Lithuania,
  • Sputnik Lithuania - Russian
Lithuania, Baltic states, Latvia
04.12.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
Ukraine, Russia
04.12.2020
  • Telekanal ZIK - YouTube,
  • NEWSONE - YouTube,
  • video.112.ua
US, Ukraine, Russia
04.12.2020
  • akhbarak.net,
  • alhilalalyoum.com,
  • alkalimaonline.com,
  • alraeesnews.com,
  • alsadaranews.com,
  • altaharri.com,
  • alyoumvoice.com,
  • ar.abna24.com,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • christian-dogma.com,
  • cratar.net,
  • elarabielyoum,
  • elhiwarettounsi.com,
  • eqtisadalyoum.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • Lebanese-forces,
  • lebanondebate.com,
  • light-dark.net,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • maspero.eg,
  • masress.com,
  • Misr Alan,
  • nabd.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • qmedia.one,
  • raialyoum.com,
  • shaamtimes,
  • sns.sy,
  • worldnews-sy
Ukraine, Russia
04.12.2020
  • alhilalalyoum.com,
  • Al Minasa Press,
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • lomazoma.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • suhufnet.net
Ukraine, Russia
04.12.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • New Hub,
  • news.miralnews.com,
  • nuomnews.com,
  • suhufnet.net
Russia
04.12.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
US, Russia
04.12.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
Ukraine, Russia
04.12.2020
  • News Front - German,
  • News Front - Russian
Belarus, Russia
04.12.2020
UK, Germany, US, Russia
04.12.2020
  • Polit.info,
  • RT Russia
China, EU, Russia
03.12.2020
  • News Front - Russian,
  • News Front - German
Ukraine
03.12.2020
  • ukraina.ru,
  • nk.org.ua
France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia
03.12.2020
  • Sputnik Spain
Moldova
03.12.2020
  • News Front - Georgian
Georgia
03.12.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian,
  • Polit.info
Romania, US, Russia
02.12.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian,
  • TASS - Russian,
  • Russkie.org,
  • RIAFAN - Russian,
  • nation-news.ru
EU, Ukraine, Russia
02.12.2020
  • News Front - Russian
Ukraine
02.12.2020
  • News Front - Russian,
  • RIAFAN - Russian,
  • antifashist.com
Ukraine
02.12.2020
  • News.am
Belarus
02.12.2020
  • antimaydan.info
Ukraine
02.12.2020
  • News Front - Russian
Ukraine
02.12.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Belarus
02.12.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Belarus, Baltic states
02.12.2020
  • Sputnik Spain,
  • elcomunista.net,
  • confidencialhn.com,
  • Sputnik Czech,
  • Sputnik Greece
EU, Russia
02.12.2020
  • News Front - Spanish
China, EU, Russia
02.12.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Hungary, Ukraine
01.12.2020
  • nation-news.ru,
  • Tsargrad TV
Ukraine, Russia
01.12.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • lomazoma.com
Germany, Russia
01.12.2020
  • Polnyi contact - Radio Vesti
EU, Germany, Ukraine, Russia
01.12.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
US
01.12.2020
  • observateurcontinental.fr,
  • Twitter Resource,
  • Topwar.ru - French,
  • topwar.ru,
  • en.topwar.ru,
  • topwar.ru,
  • topwar.ru,
  • topwar.ru
Georgia, Kirgizstan, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
30.11.2020
  • RT Russia,
  • ukraina.ru,
  • business-gazeta.ru
Germany, Russia
30.11.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • arabicnews24.com,
  • bawabaa.org,
  • corwna.com,
  • dostor.org,
  • elmowatn.com,
  • eshraag.com,
  • hadutta.com,
  • iraqnews-in.com,
  • kachaf.com,
  • kol-masr.com,
  • mangish.net,
  • menafn.com,
  • mnalmsdr.com,
  • nabd-masr.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • newsformy.com,
  • rtarab.com,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • sabq-sa.com,
  • shamra,
  • snb.sa,
  • Theworldnews.net,
  • youm7.com
US, Ukraine, Russia
30.11.2020
  • Sputnik Arabic,
  • ,
  • New Hub,
  • multies.net,
  • newsformy.com
US, Russia
27.11.2020
  • News Front - Russian
Ukraine, Russia
27.11.2020
  • Sputnik Greece
Germany, Russia
27.11.2020
  • nation-news.ru
EU, Belarus, Ukraine
26.11.2020
  • News.am
EU, US, Belarus
26.11.2020
  • Sputnik Greece
Russia
26.11.2020
  • Sputnik Moldova - Russian
EU, Germany, Russia
26.11.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian
EU, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus
26.11.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian,
  • Geopolitica.ru - English
EU, US
26.11.2020
  • Sputnik Italia
China, Russia
25.11.2020
  • News Front - Russian,
  • InfoRuss,
  • Tsargrad TV,
  • newsua.ru
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine
25.11.2020
  • News Front - Russian
Germany, Ukraine, Russia
25.11.2020
  • News Front - French,
  • News Front - Russian,
  • News Front - English,
  • News Front - Spanish,
  • News Front - German
Malaysia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
25.11.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • RT France - Twitter,
  • RT France - Facebook,
  • RT Russian - YouTube,
  • RT English
US, Russia
25.11.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
25.11.2020
  • Alia,
  • News Front - Georgian
Georgia, China
24.11.2020
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • RT France - Twitter,
  • RT France - Facebook
US
23.11.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Hungary, Germany, Russia
23.11.2020
  • vz.ru,
  • Tsargrad TV,
  • slavic-europe.eu,
  • News Rambler,
  • Discred.ru
US
23.11.2020
  • eadaily.com
EU
23.11.2020
  • Sputnik Czech
Russia
23.11.2020
  • News Front - Bulgarian
Ukraine, Russia
23.11.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • pediaweek.com,
  • hasad-alyom.com,
  • arabsnew.com,
  • rtarab.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • alerfannews.com,
  • dostor.org,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • dostor.org,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • ru4arab.ru,
  • Khabaralyoum,
  • kachaf.com,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • alaan.org,
  • abrag.akwadon.com,
  • dowwar.com,
  • mayadeeniraqya.com,
  • eshraag.com
UK, Russia
21.11.2020
  • vz.ru
Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
21.11.2020
  • News Front - Bulgarian
Poland, US, Belarus, Russia
20.11.2020
  • Sputnik Czech
USSR, Germany, US
17.11.2020
  • Ritm Evrazii
Baltic states, Ukraine, Latvia