(PresidentialInsider.com)- You can take Russia out of the Soviet Union, but you can’t take Soviet-era propaganda out of Russia.
In its attempt to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, both the Kremlin and Russia’s state-control media have resorted to Soviet-style propaganda to rally the Russian people behind Vladimir Putin’s reckless move.
In his address last Thursday announcing military action in Ukraine, President Putin claimed this action was to stop Ukraine’s “genocide” of Russian-speaking people. Putin vowed that Russia would “strive for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine” and claimed Ukraine was a threat to Russia’s safety, development, and existence. He declared that any bloodshed in the war “will be on the conscience of the ruling regime in Ukraine.”
In no time, the Kremlin and its media were echoing Putin’s outlandish allegations of “genocide” and “Nazis.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Kiselev accused German chancellor Olaf Scholz of “solidarity with the genocide of today.”
Russian-state TV host, Olga Skabeyeva echoed the propaganda, reporting that Ukrainian “Nazis” were committing “genocide” in Donbas.
And after President Putin ordered Russia’s nuclear forces be put on high alert, the Russian news anchor known as “Putin’s Propagandist” cheered the move and suggested that Russia could destroy the West if it continued to threaten Moscow.
During his Vesti Nedeli weekly news show on state-run Rossiya 1 channel, anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said Russian submarines can fire over 500 nuclear warheads which would guarantee the destruction of not just the United States, but every other NATO country.
He boasted that Russia’s nuclear arsenal can be “delivered by the world’s fastest strategic bombers.” Then Kiselyov asked if Russia wasn’t part of the world then “why do we need the world?”
Kiselyov called Putin’s decision to put his nuclear forces on high alert a decision of “utmost importance” to counter the “illegitimate” sanctions and NATO’s “aggressive statements.”
He boasted that compared to Russia’s weapons capability, the West was outmatched – not just by Russia’s nuclear arsenal, but also its “superweapons” like the hypersonic missile.