The Russian does not see the war

While we see images of a bombed children’s hospital, between episodes of ‘The Masked Singer’ Russians are served by state propaganda that presents the war that should not be so called as a humanitarian rescue operation.

The state controls the media exclusively and there are clear patterns in the reporting, says Mariëlle Wijermars, who studies the phenomenon at Maastricht University. The broadcasts are used to repetitively tell Russians what to believe. They show a statement from a foreign leader, after which a newsreader with great authority explains how it really works. ‘You see three phases. At first it was denied that anything was going on in Ukraine, then there was scant information, and then there was a constant but completely misleading stream.’

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