Friday, January 30, 2009

I don't watch Russian TV, definitely not the news on Channel 1, but today I've caught the beginning of this story (RUS) - which went something like this: "Yushchenko wants the Battle of Kruty commemoration date to replace Feb. 23 as Ukraine's new Defender of the Motherland Day. In this battle, a few hundred local nationalists were defeated by the Red Army."

And now I'm wondering if they run pieces like this every day.

Not sure how to define the spirit of this type of propaganda: Raising bullies by first convincing them they are victims?


  1. Neeka, I'm wondering to what propaganda you are referring. I really am.

    And - I always get a kick out of the very obviously vitriolic references to "nationalists" (spit here) whenever there are references to Ukrainians.

    "Nationalism" was such a bad, bad, bad thing in the sovok union.

    Funny how sovok attitudes and sovok rhetoric still pervade Russian media.

  2. That sounds like a pretty good description of the spirit of that kind of propaganda, but not only of propaganda. There is a deep, deep inferiority/superiority complex in Russian political culture overall. Perhaps in Russian culture overall, though I don't want to paint with too broad a brush.