Anatomy of Propaganda: Top-3 Events for The Week

The information dominance of Vladimir Putin has marked the past week. But if the beginning looked optimistic for him - the President of Russia conducted a tour of military factories and received rapturous applause at a meeting with business. The end of the week appeared tense. The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin.

Against the excitement around the "ammunition famine" in the Russian army, Vladimir Putin visited Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. Apart from a ritual inspection of production shops, he took advantage of the opportunity to repeat a set of propaganda slogans and reassure the public about the state of the Russian Armed Forces. The next stage of Putin's position was his speech at the Russian industrialists and entrepreneurs congress. He assured that the economy is gaining another quality, that the country has managed to compensate for closing western markets, and that positive trends are gaining strength.

At the end of the week, the main propaganda effort was directed at neutralizing the decision of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to issue an arrest warrant. The ICC stated that the Russian President is responsible for the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine. The critical messages broadcasted by official representatives of Russia were: non-recognition of ICC jurisdiction, "procedural violations" by ICC, and open threats to judges. To cover up the negative resonance, Putin (according to some experts - a double of the President of Russia) made an unscheduled visit to the headquarters of the Cossack troops in Rostov-on-Don, Crimea and occupied Mariupol.

On the foreign policy track, the main emphasis of the propaganda was announced on a visit to Russia by Chinese leader Xi Jinping from March 20 to 22. For the international isolation of Russia, the visit of the leader of the second-largest economy in the world is symbolically significant. The world community is presented with a strategic alliance between Russia and China that has been formed. Moscow will do everything possible to create an illusion of support from Beijing.


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