While the general media attention is paid to the large-scale Russia- Belarus exercise “West 2021”, which are a show of force to NATO, everyone seems to be missing another event that is no less threatening to democratic values than the Russian army.

This week, September 19, Russia will be holding elections to the State Duma, which, already in the election phase, have become the most scandalous ones and portend both large-scale falsifications and violations, as well as are set to bring to power not just thieves in law, but actual war criminals.

First of all, the elections in 2021 involve…


First Deputy Head of Crimean Tatars’ Mejlis, Nariman Dzhelyalov, who earlier took part in the Crimea Platform inaugural summit, was abducted by Russian invaders in the occupied Crimea. Not detained but, namely, abducted! Yet another crime in the line of many…

Of course, everyone expected some response to the Crimea Platform on the part of Russia, and over the past two weeks, this response was mostly about threats and media manipulations. Nothing more because Russia wasn’t capable of doing anything else that wouldn’t be harmful to itself, such as imposing sanctions on the summit participants.

But Russia decided to do…


Even before Volodymyr Zelenskyy set foot on American soil on his first visit to the country since Joe Biden took office, a dirty campaign, outrageous in its absurdity, was launched against him and Ukraine as a whole. Moreover, it’s no surprise that the effort kicked off by an American “expert”, who had long been spotted for his pretty much undisguised sympathy for Russia, that’s to say the least.

On the pages of The National Interest, Ted Galen Carpenter published a piece entitled “Ukraine: Washington’s Bellicose Security Client,” in which he refers to Ukraine as too risky a partner for the…


MFA Russia’s statement on Crimea Platform: unprofessional and geopolitically impotent

Yesterday, while describing the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence, I noted that for Russia, every such celebration is a reminder of their shame and insignificance.

That is why Russia is living through Ukraine’s Independence Day celebrations with special kind of pain. I had just posted my previous piece on the issue yesterday, and now I see that yet another reason emerged to discuss Russia’s geopolitical impotence.

The thing is that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia decided to offer a reaction to the Crimea Platform Summit held in Kyiv…


This day, August 24, 2021, the 30 anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, aroused rather alarming feelings — a month ago, six months ago, and a year ago.

The alarm in my heart was due to realizing that the very fact of independence gained by my Ukraine, the country that in 2014 delivered a hard slap in the face to the occupying power boasting of the world’s second most efficient army, has become even more painful and scorching for Russia than ever before.

For the Russian Federation, Ukraine’s independence is a historical and geopolitical defeat, with which Moscow has had to put…


Since that day, or rather the night, when the Taliban burst into Kabul, or rather quietly entered the capital encountering no resistance from the Afghan army, against the backdrop of panic and chaos, primarily associated with the evacuation of foreigners, Russian propaganda launched a large-scale psyop, codename “The U.S. is an unreliable partner.”

First of all, this narrative unfolded throughout the fringe segment of the internet, through informational platforms like Telegram channels, as well as some opinion leaders. Then the level of engagement was upped to various semi-official talking heads, war correspondents, experts, political scientists, and some politicians — both…


Russia traditionally, within the framework of its ongoing information war, implements propaganda projects against certain countries on the eve of significant dates. First of all, in order to significantly reduce their importance and divert public attention from the main events to the secondary, or even tertiary ones. And given the fact that these secondary and tertiary topics are nothing but manipulation, then they should be of no value at all, but…

By Ukraine’s Independence Day, Russia decided to run a similar psyop, which is designed to both demoralize society on the eve of the celebration and distract it from the…


For the third day already, a large-scale psyop of Russian special services entitled “The U.S. is not a reliable partner” has been ongoing in the media space. It is being carried out within the framework of the Taliban’s coming to power in Afghanistan, and it is allegedly the United States that is to blame.

But the essence of this media operation is not just to tar the U.S. and inflict on it informational reputation losses, but also undermine trust in Washington among its allies across the world. First of all, it’s the allies whom Russia sees as own potential targets.


Today, August 12, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, delivered an address on the territory of the occupied Crimea peninsula, within the framework of the so-called “Tavrida” art cluster.

Lavrov used his speech to once again relay propaganda narratives directed against Ukraine.

Russia’s diplomacy chief has already called the Crimea Platform international summit yet another sabbath, where “the West will continue to nurture neo-Nazi, racist sentiments of today’s Ukrainian government.”

In addition, Lavrov claims, Alexander Lukashenko, who said that Belarus will recognize Crimea as Russian territory only after all Russian oligarchs start working there, should remember…


The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania has reacted to the latest riots that unfolded outside Parliament. The minister noted that in the context of the developments around illegal migrants, this is a pre-planned anti-government act. An obvious question arises: Who is behind it?

Of course, the protests erupted immediately after Lithuania introduced tough measures to prevent the breakthrough of illegal migrants from the territory of Belarus. These measures were presented in media with the embedded narrative “Lithuania is a fascist state.” Naturally, the protests were not a spontaneous manifestation of indignation of the country’s tolerant stratum. …

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