Russian propaganda portrays Zelensky as a “bad copy of Poroshenko” – monitoring
Authors:Marina DovzhenkoThe Kremlin media exaggerates the failures and mistakes of the Ukrainian president, conceals his successes and calls him dependent on the West.
Discrediting and humiliating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is the main focus of (pro) Russian media propaganda efforts. The Kremlin media has redoubled its efforts to attack Zelensky to divert the audience’s attention from Russia’s domestic problems, including failures in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This is stated in the review of the penetration of Russian propaganda in the Ukrainian media space in May 2020 .
The most powerful propaganda blow came on the anniversary of Zelensky’s presidency. Describing the Ukrainian president and the first year of his term, the Russian media emphasized dependence on the United States and the International Monetary Fund, calling Zelensky and his entourage incompetent, and the results of their work a failure. Russian media do not say that Ukraine manages to fight the coronavirus pandemic better than Russia, and the number of sick and dead here is an order of magnitude less than in Russia. Instead, Zelensky is called a “bad copy of Poroshenko” and is said to support the persecution of Russian-speaking Ukrainians and to support the continuation of the war in Donbas.
In the Ukrainian media space, these theses are repeated by Medvedchuk TV channels (112, NewsOne and ZIK) and Strana.ua. The UNIAN website and the 1 + 1 channel, owned by Igor Kolomoisky, cooperated with Medvedchuk’s media in spreading fakes about US biolabs in Ukraine. Read more about (pro) Russian propaganda in May in the article by Peter Burkovsky .
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