ANATOMY OF PROPAGANDA: TOP 3 EVENTS OF THE WEEK
A crucial task for state propaganda within the country last week was the informational support for the call to mandatory military service. The most significant event in terms of foreign policy was the announcement of the International Criminal Court Chairman put on a wanted list. Moreover, the propagandists had to deal with a crisis created by Ramzan Kadyrov and his son Adam.
Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the autumn conscription for military service. Against the backdrop of the war and the months-long saga of adopting new digitizing conscription laws, this event could not but affect the socio-psychological state of society. With the aim of mitigating such effects, Kremlin speakers and the media systematically promoted the thesis of the lack of need for additional mobilization and a sufficient number of "volunteers." To illustrate this, before signing the decree on conscription, Putin met with the former head of the Wagner PMC headquarters, Andrei Troshin, who received a task to lead the formation of "volunteer units" for the war with Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has declared the Chairman of the International Criminal Court, Petr Hofmanski, wanted. In March 2023, the pre-trial chamber of the ICC issued arrest warrants for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the Children's Ombudsman, Maria Lvova-Belova, in connection with the case of the illegal deportation of people from the parts of Ukraine occupied by Russia. The Kremlin attempts to counter reputational blows with its aggressive attacks against international justice.
Ramzan Kadyrov has published a video on his Telegram channel in which his son Adam beats up Nikita Zhuravel, who was detained on suspicion of burning the Quran. Public mockery of Russians has caused a wave of negativity on social networks and temporary confusion for Kremlin. Dmitry Peskov refused to comment on the scandalous video on the first day. The situation was resolved after a face-to-face meeting between Putin and Kadyrov, which resulted in the announcement of support for building a mosque in Moscow.