Armenia blocked broadcasting from Russia. Armenian parliament nevertheless adopted a scandalous law on broadcasting in a foreign language. Parliament voted to ban the free broadcasting of Russian TV channels in Armenia. The rationale for the adoption of such a law is almost classical for post-Soviet limitrophes – the National Commission on Television and Radio Broadcasting believes that these channels are no less a threat to Armenia’s national security. Of course, this is an act of cleansing the country’s information space from Russian influence. Or even the act of clearing out for something new? This we will see in the nearest future.
The Intelligence and Security Committee of the [UK] Parliament has today published on July 21 a report on Russia that begins with this sentence “the dissolution of the USSR was a moment of joy for the West“. Of joy! When will the next moment of joy for the West occur, the dissolution of Russia?
This report is worse than the usual Russophobia: it’s a real declaration of hatred!
Disinformation dismissing the Russia report published by the UK Government claiming that this is even worse than the so-called Russophobia.
On July 21, the Intelligence and Security Committee of the United Kingdom's Parliament published two reports, one annual and one focused on Russia. The first paragraph of the Russia report states the following:
The dissolution of the USSR was a time of hope in the West. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Western thinking was, if not to integrate Russia fully, at least to ensure that it became a partner. By the mid-2000s, it was clear that this had not been successful. The murder of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 demonstrated that Russia under President Putin had moved from potential partner to established threat. Since then, there have been a number of attempts to repair relations between Western countries and Russia, but the events of recent years show that none has had any impact on Russian intent, and therefore on the security threat that Russia poses.
No joy or delight is mentioned in this introduction. The idea developed is that the end of the Cold war was a moment of hope for better relations between the West and Russia.
The famous speech of President G.W. Bush in Kiev on August 1, 1991, the so called Chicken Kiev speech can easily testify that the end of the Soviet Union was viewed positively and could be associated with joy most of all by Russians citizens rather than Western leaders. Moreover, in 1991, the new head of KGB, handed to Milton Bearden from the CIA the blueprints and spying transmitters of the US Embassy in Moscow as a sign of better trust in future relations.