russian propagandists should be punished on par with other war criminals — Peter Pomerantsev
Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, who actively researches the phenomenon of russian propaganda and its influence on internal and external audiences, said that since 2014, after the annexation of Crimea, it has been possible to observe the russian propaganda integrated with its military component.
He made this statement during the expert discussion “How russia’s information warfare operates (on example of temporarily occupied Crimea) and why it challenges international security system” during the Black Sea Security Conference.
The expert named examples of famous propagandists whose actions led to crimes against humanity and who did not want to be held accountable for it.
“We have the examples of Nazi Germany, Rwanda, and now Kiselyov, who justifies himself by saying that he “is just talking,” and there is no punishment for words. But the connection between the words calling for murder and the action — the murder itself — is very close,” Peter Pomerantsev noted.
He pointed out that russian propaganda constantly repeats the same narratives about “Ukrainian Nazis”, who allegedly commit war crimes. But in reality, the whole world sees that real crimes are hidden behind these fake slogans — the murders of people in Mariupol, the attack on Kramatorsk, Kherson, and an attempt to erase Ukrainian identity.
According to Peter Pomerantsev, russia managed to widely spread its propaganda tools via TV channels, Internet resources and media space. In addition, he says that the russian propaganda machine works using world technologies, and therefore, it must be broken.
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