Leaked “recommendations”: this is how propagandists are offered to justify the attack on Ukraine

“Meduza” journalists revealedthat the instructions that came into their hands at the beginning of August “recommended” to draw parallels between the war in Ukraine, the baptism of Russia and the Battle of the Neva.

The theses that these three events are essentially very similar are set out in two manuals prepared by the administration of the President of the Russian Federation in July, known in jargon as “methodical”.

They explain the invasion of Ukraine by the actions of the “collective West”, which has been attacking Russia for almost a thousand years, with the aim of dividing it and seizing the country’s resources, as well as destroying the Orthodox faith.

AFP/„Scanpix“ nuotr./Patriarchas Kirilas

Repeats about “traditional values”

“Baptism became the basis of the strengthening and unity of the Russian state for hundreds of years to come.

The Orthodox faith teaches compassion, love for neighbor and tolerance for others. These values ​​formed the basis of Russian civilization and allowed Russia to unite hundreds of nations.

Today, representatives of all the peoples of Russia have united again against atheists and seek to defend traditional values ​​and the rights of their children to live according to them”– “Meduza” journalists quoted the recommendations made by the presidential administration.

Although such instructions are an open secret in Russia, the propagandists and politicians who have received them usually try to adapt them and retell them in their own words.

However, some follow orders very directly.

Thus, on July 28, the popular social network “Odnoklasniki” published a text that talks about the baptism of Russia and almost verbatim repeated several lines from the document obtained by “Meduza” journalists.

Odnoklasniki.ru photo.  /Manipulation is distributed in social networks

Odnoklasniki.ru photo. /Manipulation is distributed in social networks

How to talk about war?

The prepared instructions emphasize that the war in Ukraine should not be blamed on Russia, but on the “collective West”.

“The conflict in Ukraine was provoked by the West, which transferred weapons to Ukraine. Ukraine was supposed to become a springboard for an attack on Russia.

For several centuries, the strategic goal of the collective West in relation to Russia has not changed – it is the suppression, weakening, dismemberment and complete destruction of Russia”, – this is how Russian propagandists and politicians are suggested to talk about the causes of the war.

After examining the recent Russian information space, it becomes clear that the instructions are diligently followed – this version of events is constantly repeated on television, on the Internet and in the pro-Kremlin media.

AFP/Scanpix photo/V. Putin and V. Solovyov

AFP/Scanpix photo/V. Putin and V. Solovyov

About goats and Satanists

In the recommendations prepared by V.Putin’s administration, it is proposed to emphasize that Ukrainians are godless because they joined the “rotten West”.

It is suggested to emphasize that the Ukrainian soldiers fighting against the Russians do not believe in God either.

At the beginning of August, the news portal Ria Novosti, known as the mouthpiece of the Kremlin, published a material with the eloquent title “Goat’s Muzzle. Satanism and occultism have become the ideology of Ukrainian national battalions.”

Later this material other pro-government news portals also spread it.

Visualization of the Temple of Satan/Statue of Satan

Visualization of the Temple of Satan/Statue of Satan

Conflicting messages

Nerijus Maliukevičius, who has been studying propaganda for many years, notices that the created templates are usually juggled according to needs.

“They sometimes appear simultaneously, even in conflict with each other. Because at the same time we Europeans are both Nazis and gays, although historically the Nazis exterminated gays.

Such dualism is also observed in relation to Ukrainians – on the one hand, Russian propagandists claim that Ukrainians are not a nation and will conquer them in two days, and when they turn around, they repeat that Ukrainians are some kind of bloodhounds who pose a terrible threat to Russians,” the expert explained.

According to N. Maliukevičius, the narrative of “rotten Europe” in Russia was raised to the strategic level some time ago, and recently attempts are being made to repeat it in various forms.

Vidmantos Balkūnos / 15min photo/Information wars expert Nerijus Maliukevičius

Vidmantos Balkūnos / 15min photo/Information wars expert Nerijus Maliukevičius

“This is an attempt to create disgust with one’s opponent through various rhetorical means. It’s not just atheists, it’s gays and Nazis.

This is a kind of dehumanization strategy – it is easier for Putin’s soldiers on the front to kill people when they believe, because they have been told that they are killing gays, Nazis, Satanists and other bad guys,” explained the propaganda researcher.

According to N. Maliukevičius, the Kremlin’s instructions are constantly changing, as the aim is to adapt in the information space according to needs and circumstances.

“The main principle of propaganda is to work with those templates that they already know are effective. Exactly the same theme of biolaboratories has been exploited since the Cold War. Historical propagandists are periodically raised to the top or pulled down.

The same image of the Nazis – now perhaps they are trying to sidestep it, as it is seen that it is less and less popular. Then the other one is raised”, said N. Maliukevičius.

Photo of the Ministry of Defense of Russia/Russian soldiers in Ukraine

Photo of the Ministry of Defense of Russia/Russian soldiers in Ukraine

“Since World War II, the same things have been repeated to the masses. This is a psychological moment – people have already heard something about it.

If it’s biolabs, people have heard about them “from one ear”, and when they hear those things again, they subconsciously believe the misinformation more.

The story must have been lived once, causing fear, pain, and the like. Then it is possible to create new scary stories based on it”, said the analyst.

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