by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton on April 19, 2014 – 3:07 pm EST6 Comments The Right Planet
Western press and media are having trouble distinguishing facts from Russian propaganda. This is understandable – the Russian propaganda machine is a mature and venerable institution that engages in an art that, for better or for worse, the West simply does not practice as often nor as effectively. The intent of this guide is to help those less accustomed to the ways of the Russian government to discern between reporting and propaganda. There are a few simple tell-tale signs.
Types of propaganda to look for – the signs, the impact, and the facts:
SIGN #1: Reporting that points to ethnic divisions and Kyiv’s Maidan as a source of unrest.
IMPACT: Western media call into question the stability of the interim Ukrainian government, and speculate that Ukraine is a hotbed of prejudice on the brink of civil war.
FACT: Modern Ukraine has no history of ethnic conflict. Furthermore, the Maidan was a gathering place for Ukrainians of all ethnic backgrounds:
A Facebook post by an Afghan-Ukrainian triggered the first mass protest at Kyiv’s Maidan last November;
An Armenian-Ukrainian and a Belarusian were the first to die at the hands of the government’s internal police.
Jewish-Ukrainians formed a self-defense unit to support Maidan in Kyiv and fight against the Yanukovych regime;
Numerous Jewish thought-leaders and organizations have spoken out against Kremlin propaganda portraying Maidan participants as anti-Semites or neo-Nazis;
Russian-Ukrainians are enlisting to protect their Ukrainian homeland against Russian armed forces;
Crimean Tatars have been staunch supporters of Maidan and are actively resisting Russia’s military aggressions in Crimea.
Just like the United States of America, Ukraine is multi-national and diverse. Are the diverse United States capable of being a unified democracy? Sure! So is Ukraine