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My position, expressed in the Opinion section, is supported by my lifelong experience of the former Soviet propaganda, now called political technology. As I have mentioned in my many articles on propaganda on Medium and elsewhere (see below), I was forced to take a four year course on military/combat propaganda and studied the above mind control as taught at the university attended by Putin, Medvedev and Sechin.
I follow the situation in Russian and international sources. On February 23, 2017, Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, announced a new branch in Russian military, “information warfare troops” and said that “information operations forces have been established that are expected to be a far more effective tool than all we used before for counter-propaganda purposes.” Shoigu added in his speech that “96 percent” of Russia’s strategic nuclear missile systems were “in permanent readiness for immediate … launch.”
Please read the concrete facts on the Russian political technology in these articles:
A sweet American kid saw photos of Putin with a puppy and wrote him a letter. Daddy posted it on Facebook. “Sweet,…crossingenres.com
On March 10th a friend saw a photograph of the Russian president hugging a cuddly koala bear in front of the main…medium.com
There are much more and I am working on a series of articles on cyberwar at the moment but you get the idea.