USSR Propaganda

Episode 21

Greetings, Comrades!

I didn’t even know how much I can be motivated, when I get really angry. And this time, for a good reason – as Russian propagandists decided to desecrate one of, if not the, most important tragedies in the Baltics – the Vilnius massacre. So in this episode, we expose some very tragic events of the past, looking at the newspaper articles of the time and compare them with what Putin’s propaganda machine is spewing out now. And, of course, we look at the workings of that system as well.

Pictures for today:

The most iconic image from the Vilnius massacre in 13th January, 1991. Soviets ordered tanks to crush people and opened fire at the civilians.
The most iconic image from the Vilnius massacre in 13th January, 1991. Soviets ordered tanks to crush people and opened fire at the civilians.
The Voice of Riga newspaper, used in the show.
The Voice of Riga newspaper, used in the show.
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The Independent Struggle newspaper from 1991, used in the episode.

 

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8 Comments on USSR Propaganda

  1. That’s really interesting. I’ve never come across rubaltic.ru before, but I’ve seen many other “news sites” that are just baldly biased and not interested at all in the truth.

  2. This is apropos of nothing but, in Lenin’s Tomb a very weird nugget flew by in the post script. The author was essentially decrying the rot under Yeltsin in the early days of what we in the US called “the wild east” The nugget was “Lithuanian Sex Manuals” So, please, explain how your tiny Baltic Nation of Lithuanian became the subject matter experts here, at least in early post-Soviet Russia. It’s an odd claim. It’s an odd specialization. It’s an odd core competency. Not quite as odd as watching a Russian dubbed movie made by Czechs, with no English subtitles on YouTube, but close enough.

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  3. I think you are too angry for a good journalist. I have no doubts that РСМД is mostly a propaganda organ of the Russian government, but I don’t think you are doing a good job in proving that. Whole lengthy argument about founders of the institute doesn’t persuade me that it is anything worse than something like RAND Institute (US NGO financed by the army as well, among others), or the Czech Ústav mezinárodních vztahů (https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9Astav_mezin%C3%A1rodn%C3%ADch_vztah%C5%AF ; also government-paid иссле́довательский институ́т for the foreign affairs). You should focus more on their output than on their founders, I think.

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