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‘Your Turn To Lie’: Former Russian State TV Cameraman Describes ‘The Business Of Misinforming Viewers’


“The editors are constantly getting calls from some people in the Kremlin telling them to ‘correct’ the content of the news,” says former cameraman Leonid Krivenkov.

Full disclosure, a few years ago I was interviewed by Rossya-24, the same channel discussed here by RFE/RL’s Dmitry Volchek.  

A director from their program “Agitprop” contacted me and we had quite open and honest discussions about a wide variety of issues, but we kept returning to propaganda. 

He openly admitted to me, “I am a propagandist!”  Since the word has so many nuances, I never really dug into what he meant. I told him that I dealt with the truth, he said he did, too, but “which version” is the question. 

We’ve stayed in touch through the years, and he still admits, “I am a propagandist!”

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