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  • Vladimir Putin’s Genealogy

    A curious find in a Moscow bookshop: Vladimir Putin’s family history going back to the 1600s. Includes a giant family tree you can put on the wall (if you really want to). via twitter More

  • Masha and the Bear Cartoon as a Propaganda Tool

    The Baltic states got so wrapped up in paranoia, that they see an enemy even in a children’s cartoon. The Russian cartoon “Masha and the Bear” is translated into over 30 languages. And it is one of the most popular cartoon series in the world. Yet, Estonians sought a hidden agenda in it and tried […] More

  • Syrian women pose for Russian military in ‘Thank You’ calendar

    RT reports, that “In a gesture of gratitude amid the ugliness of Syria’s civil war, a number of young Syrian women have made a New Year’s calendar for Russian soldiers. Wearing a modern interpretation of traditional Russian attire, each delivers a personal message.” The calendar went viral in social media and many users found the […] More

  • RFI: How Russian TV Fakes News

    Recently, Russian TV channel “Russia-1” aired the segment about anti-European sentiment in France. On May 15th, the original story was aired on “Vesti Nedeli” with news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov. The main theme was “the growing movement of Euro-skeptics in France.” However, the Le Petit Journal show (broadcasted by the French TV Canal+) called out “Russia-1” […] More

  • Russia Today: “Watch how evil Kremlin propaganda REALLY works”

    Russia Today went live on December 10, 2005. In the US, RT is often called a “propaganda bullhorn” or “Putin’s magnificent messaging machine”. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism even run a project for a class to measure what RT does. Called RT Watch, the weblog was used by students to track the alleged […] More

  • Pro-Kremlin youth movement released “Russian Emoji” with Putin, Kadyrov and Armata tank

    The pro-Kremlin youth movement Set (Network) released the patriotic set of Emoji. As reported on their website, among the nearly 200 “Russian Emoji” are: the Kremlin, Pushkin, Chekhov, new “Armata” tank, Cheburashka, Crimea, Ramzan Kadyrov, and, of course, Vladimir Putin. It’s noted that the set of Emoji corresponds to the Russian cultural codes and promotes […] More

  • Space Exploration Illustrated by Soviet Satirical Artists

    In Russia and many former soviet republics, Cosmonautics Day has been celebrated each April 12 since the 1961 flight of Yuri Gagarin on that date. His flight inspired millions of Soviets. The Crocodile, USSR satirical magazine, has been publishing curious sci-fi cartoons that were dedicated to space exploration. Here are some of their illustrations. More

  • I’m a Russian Occupant: Propaganda Video

    Recent controversial propaganda video is making rounds on social media. The video titled “I’m a Russian Occupant” tells the history of Soviet military occupation of Ukraine, Baltic states and Asia while showing the positive side of it. The video has English subtitles and ends with an eerie message. More

  • Hip-hop propaganda: Russia Enlists Rap Music to Enhance the Image of Putin

    Music video “Go Hard Like Vladimir Putin” by Architects Music Group is trending in social networks. Prominent Russian rapper Timati increased public interest by stating that “even Los Angeles is listening to “Go Hard Like Vladimir Putin.” Social network users are using appropriate hashtag #GoHardLikeVladimirPutin to support the video and the president. – via More

  • The Soviet Union as seen by a Russian Pin Up artist

    There was no Pin Up art in the Soviet times. Due to the devastation of World War II, Russian women in the ’40s and ’50s were taught to be tough and work hard. Russians never had the chance to enjoy the happy pin-up times of America’s post-war period. The Russian illustrator Valery Barykin successfully compiles […] More