The main goal of Putin’s propaganda is to convince those who should be convinced, keep the doubters doubting, scare the easily scared and make sure that no enemy information could make anyone doubt that what’s going on is right.
In recent years, or even decades, the top Russian officials’ rhetoric has frequently included mentioning historical personalities and events that underline the “chosen” nature of the Russian people and its “special mission”. How are such historical narratives used to justify today’s aggression, and how did the Russian government manage to monopolize history?
The Novgorod Narrative: From the First Russian Republic To the Symbols of a Modern Anti-War Movement
The connection of the white-blue-white flag with the “Novgorod narrative” as a political tool is an important example of how the modern form of resisting an authoritarian regime obtains a symbolic foundation in the country’s history.
For the past few months, the Russian media space has been the epicenter of the fire, the flames of which broke through on the morning of February 24th. This flame carries too much destructiveness, absorbing human destinies and lives, values , and foundations, among which is the fundamental right – the right to freedom of speech.
As the Russian army advances deeper into Ukrainian territory, the occupying authorities impose their own rules on the occupied regions. Often this means forced Russification of the local population, repression, and deportation of Ukrainians to the Russian interior.
Those who oppose the term “rashism” are radically mistaken. This is precise “rashism”, and not fascism and (or) national socialism. Calling what is happening fascism, you level the current crimes of the authorities, as well as all the crimes of the red period, marking them as some kind of abstract evil.