Russian propaganda bloggers covering the course of the war from the front lines now present a less censored picture. When the Russian army fails, once-high-profile supporters expose the flaws and lies, writes the American daily New York Times.
“It is very important that people can rest with their friends and family,” he said.
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Is Putin “all right”?
“The contrast was stunning, even for some of Putin’s most vocal supporters. It highlighted the growing gulf between the Kremlin and the hottest supporters of the invasion. For them it was a retreat. Russia seemed to confirm their worst fears that senior Russian officials were so concerned about maintaining an atmosphere of normality in the country that they failed to deploy the necessary equipment and personnel to wage a long war with a determined adversary, “notes the New York Times.
One of the Russian propaganda bloggers asked after Putin’s speech during the pompous Saturday’s celebration of the 875th anniversary of the founding of Moscow, “is he okay?” “The Russian army does not have thermal imaging cameras, bulletproof vests, reconnaissance equipment, secure communications, enough helicopters or first aid kits. Mr. (Putin – ed.) Is organizing a billionth celebration? What is wrong with you? Not during such a terrible defeat” – blogger wrote.
“Outrage from the Russian ‘propaganda hawks’ has shown that although Putin has managed to eliminate almost all of the liberal and pro-democratic opposition, there is still a risk of dissatisfaction on the conservative part of the political spectrum. So far, there is little indication that the ‘hawks’ will turn against him in As a result of Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive, analysts say their growing willingness to publicly criticize the military leadership shows growing discontent within the Russian elite, “notes the New York Times.
In a telephone conversation with the American daily Dmitry Kuznets, who is analyzing the course of the military invasion on the independent Russian-language portal Meduza, he said that “most of these people (invaders) were shocked and did not think it could happen.” “Most of them, I suppose, are really angry,” he said.
The Kremlin has traditionally portrayed defeat in a different way. On Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Russia “has decided to regroup troops in the (freed) cities of Balaklya and Izium in order to increase efforts in the Donetsk direction and achieve the goals of the special operation for liberation. Donbas“.
The day before the so-called “regrouping of troops”, the Russian defense ministry reported “taking steps to strengthen the defense positions in the Kharkiv region”.
“Authorities in Moscow continued their holiday weekend, with firework displays and state television broadcasts showing hundreds of people lining up to ride the new 140-meter-tall Ferris wheel. But on the internet, Russia’s failures were fully visible, highlighting the astonishing the role pro-Russian war bloggers played in shaping the war narrative. The Kremlin controls TV airtime and blocked access to Instagram and Facebook, but Telegram remains available and filled with posts and videos from both supporters and opponents of the war, “writes the New York Times. “.
Propaganda bloggers – as it turned out – reveal much more detailed – and according to analysts – accurate information about the battlefield than the Russian defense ministry, which they say underestimates the enemy and hides the bad news from the public.
One of them, Yuri Podolaka, who comes from Ukraine but moved to Crimea after its annexation in 2014, told his 2.3 million supporters on Telegram on Friday that if the (Russian) military continued to downplay its defeats in the field battles, the Russians “will cease to trust the Ministry of Defense, and soon the entire government.”
On Sunday, the Meduza portal reported that after the grand opening on Saturday, the Ferris wheel was closed a day later. “Visitors who bought tickets were offered a different day or a refund,” writes Meduza.
The press service of the “Moscow Sun” explained to journalists that the Ferris wheel has resumed operation, but with restrictions, it said, “it was decided to redirect the flow of visitors to other days to prevent emergencies due to the large number of people wishing to drive it.”
“New York Times”, meduza.io
Main photo source: kremlin.ru