“No, WE are the Victim!!!”

The examples of disinformation from this week offer a 360 degree overview of topics connected to Russia and the USSR. Where an apology would be proper, there is no remorse, only accusations.

A clear example of this is the poisoning of the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Pro-Kremlin media writes that Germany violated(opens in a new tab) the Chemical Weapons Convention by refusing to collaborate with Russia. In other words, Navalny is not the victim here, Russia is.

As for the MH17 tragedy, the pro-Kremlin media moans that the purpose of the trial is not to establish the true culprits(opens in a new tab). This claim shows that while 298 people were murdered, there is only one victim in the eyes of the pro-Kremlin media – Russia.

The same logic was and is applied to Ukraine. Instead of admitting that Holodomor(opens in a new tab) was caused by the directed actions of the Soviet authorities, the pro-Kremlin media accuses Ukrainians of creating a “hype” on this topic(opens in a new tab). This means that instead of 7 million people starving to death, the pro-Kremlin media… well, you guessed it.

Rattling the sabre

Coming back to the current day, the pro-Kremlin media claimed that Romania and the US conducted military drills near Crimea, because it’s a good place to play out the scenario of the invasion of Crimea(opens in a new tab). The victim, yet again, would be obvious.

Or the EU sanctions – according to the radio show hosted by the infamous Vladimir Solovyov(opens in a new tab), they are proof that Germany and Europe want to be at war with Russia. The victim… well, yes, but also all the poor people who listen to the radio show.

The last example of this victim mentality comes from Moldova, where newly elected Maia Sandu called(opens in a new tab) for the withdrawal of the circa 1,000 Russian troops deployed in Transnistria and asked(opens in a new tab) to replace them with an OSCE civilian observer mission. While Moscow officials called this “irresponsible(opens in a new tab)“, the pro-Kremlin media added some colour and groundlessly claimed that this might lead to an armed occupation of Transnistria, to provoke a clash with Russian forces and then favour a NATO intervention in the territory(opens in a new tab).

To sum up the disinformation examples above, their main idea is to prove that Russia is the victim, thereby implying it can’t be the culprit. This self-victimisation allows the Kremlin to manipulate the public, to evade responsibility for its aggressive foreign policy and to employ the state-controlled media to convey that message. And to be successful in its communications, the RT’s “management instilled in foreign journalists working at RT UK and RT America an image that Russia is a victim of Western politics”(opens in a new tab).

21 years of “obida

But showing itself as a victim also hints at the existence of cognitive dissonance arising from how the Kremlin treats its opponents and what it believes about itself. And this belief becomes visible when one follows how the Kremlin has ordered the Kremlin owned media to present the Kremlin as a spotless hero. For example, the Kremlin’s secret pacts with Hitler (opens in a new tab)neither threatened neighbours, nor paved the way to wars. And Russia’s occupation of neighbouring countries were never occupations(opens in a new tab) but in line with the international law of the past. Not to forget that Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggression against Ukraine were expression of the will(opens in a new tab) of local citizens or a response to US-sponsored colour revolutions.

But there is also a simpler explanation. A year ago we wrote that the culture of “obida“, or resentment, is a deliberate move to distract Russians from current issues and domestic problems in the country(opens in a new tab). Back in January 2020, we concluded that twenty years of Putin have been twenty years of this resentment. And it will soon be 21.

4 comments

  • “To sum up the disinformation examples above, their main idea is to prove that Russia is the victim, thereby implying it can’t be the culprit.”

    If Muscovy concentrated on bringing Russia up to the living standards taken for granted in the West, instead of trying to drag everyone down to Russian shithole levels, it would be a far better country. The world is talking about the bat virus problem, a far bigger virus is the one coming out of Russia. Fortunately there is a well known cure for the Russian virus, it consists of a small piece of lead.

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    • And that small piece of lead is all they understand. Most of the world has developed a culture of earning over time but the Moskali have always nurtured the culture of theft. Like all thieves, they justify their crimes by blaming the victims.

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      • If Muscovy stopped acting like a terrorist state, the accusations would miraculously disappear. Muscovy and logic are total strangers, so playing the innocent victim will continue for many years, unless the West finally grow a pair, hammer the mafia state good and hard, and give them something to really whine about.

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        • I know I’ve said it a hundred times but I think if someone would just propose removing them from the UNSC we might see some logic magically appear in their behavior. For that matter, China too, free people having nothing in common with either place and geopolitical harmony is a pipe-dream.

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