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Ukraine’s Poroshenko Compares Russian Propaganda To Goebbels


The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, aptly compared Russian propaganda to that of Nazi Germany’s Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels from 1933 to 1945. 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum had what I consider the world’s best exhibit about Nazi propaganda. During the tour, one is taught that Nazi propaganda wraps a fabricated story around a kernel of the truth. Russian propaganda does that, consistently, today. 

Many of the graphics used by Russian propaganda is reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. Graphics depicting stereotypically racist and unique features on US Presidents Trump and Obama were used frequently in Russian propaganda since Putin became President. Calls for apologies have been summarily dismissed and ignored.

Another signature of Nazi propaganda is to have complete authority over the media. Russia has almost complete dominance over Russian media and is constantly seeking more invasive and oppressive controls.  

Nazi propaganda also controlled all types of media, including radio, books, plays, movies, and newspapers. One cannot find any part of Russian society where the government is not involved, reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. 

Ukraine’s Poroshenko is accurate comparing Russian propaganda to Goebbels. Russian Information Warfare includes propaganda, and all this is an integral part of Russian Hybrid Warfare.  

Russia’s behavior is that of a playground bully, as a country, they have become a rogue state.  Playground bullies rely on a victim’s reluctance to stand up to them, to fight back. Russia’s fallback final verbal threat is usually a reminder, “we have nukes”.  Then they will claim Western provocation, and in this case, Ukrainian provocation. 

It’s sad when a country with so much potential wastes their talent on propaganda which can directly compared with Nazi propaganda. 

It is also a shame that more countries do not properly label Russian propaganda for what it is: an overt display of aggression against other countries, oppression of Russian citizens, and evasion of the truth from all, which should be compared with Goebbels. 

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Poroshenko: Ukraine stands against Goebbels-like Russian propaganda

21:35, 04 December 2018

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that Ukraine, as well as the whole world, is facing mass propaganda and distribution of fake information Russia has been exploiting in its hybrid war against Ukraine.

Answering the question at his meeting with Ivano-Frankivsk students on Tuesday on how Ukraine can counteract the large-scale anti-Ukrainian propaganda campaign pursued by Russia, which uses methods similar to those of Nazi propaganda mastermind Joseph Goebbels, Petro Poroshenko agreed with such a comparison. “The system of propaganda of Russians is very similar, unfortunately,” the president noted.

“Is this the problem of Ukraine, or only Ukraine? No. Everyone talks about Russia’s interference in the U.S. elections. Everyone talks about Russia’s interference in the referendum in the Netherlands. Everyone talks about Russia’s interference in Brexit,” he said, according to the president’s press service.

“All that can be destroyed. To Russia, any systems based on western values are like a bur in the throat. That is why we are now united to confront a unique misinformation policy. When democratic standards are used to ruin democracy,” the president said.

“And this is a problem that the whole western world is facing, including Ukraine. And we have to fight it,” Petro Poroshenko added.

He recalled the prohibition of the broadcast of Russian propaganda channels in Ukraine, because they are not media, but merely enemy propaganda. Similarly, Russian social networks were banned because they had been the exploited by the FSB.

“We will cooperate through the creation of special trust funds that will introduce certain measures to combat Russian propaganda,” he said.

The president also addressed the students: “Don’t watch Russian channels. There will be nothing right there.”


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