ANATOMY OF PROPAGANDA: TOP 3 EVENTS OF THE WEEK
According to the plans of Kremlin political technologists, local elections were supposed to benefit the ruling "United Russia" party and legitimize the occupying authorities in the seized territories of Ukraine. Another reason for the propagandistic pathos was the supposedly Russia-friendly final statement of the countries of the "G20". The Kremlin is drawing much attention to the efforts of propagandists in silencing society's fears of a new wave of mobilization.
Elections took place in several regions of Russia at various levels. Andrey Turchak, the Secretary of the General Council of United Russia, announced an improvement in the party's results in all regions at the end of the completed election campaign. Even though there can be no legitimate results of these illegal referendums, propaganda paid great attention to the "electoral" farce in the occupied territories.
The final declaration of the "G20" in the Russian Federation was presented as a victory for Russian diplomacy. Indeed, the G-20 leaders reached a consensus on a joint declaration at the summit in India. They mentioned Ukraine in soft terms. At the same time, it is claimed in diplomatic circles, that the final statement of the G20 summit creates an opportunity to involve developing countries in pressuring Moscow to end the war.
The Kremlin denies preparing for a new wave of mobilization but continues to get ready for it. The head of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, Andrey Kartapolov, refutes media reports about a possible start of a new wave of mobilization. However, the Kremlin's normative actions indicate the opposite - the Ministry of Defense has developed changes, requiring citizens serving sentences in places of deprivation of liberty to be enlisted, and Vladimir Putin has signed a decree increasing the maximum age for granting deferment of service for IT specialists to 30 years.