Propaganda Wars in Russia

By Catherine Kent

Reuters reports that since the West first placed sanctions on Russia in response to Putin’s involvement in the Ukraine, Putin has been largely successful in spreading anti-Western rhetoric and U.S. conspiracy theories. As most of Russia gets their news from state television, which mirrors Putin’s views, he has been able to deflect the blame. Despite Russia’s recent economic downturn, Putin has maintained an 80% approval rating.

Putin claims that the sanctions will only help Russia’s economy, as they allow Russia to isolate itself from reliance on foreign countries and develop its own domestic industries. However, Putin’s take is not supported by the facts, indeed, the Ruble has lost 20% against the US Dollar last year.