The power of Russian propaganda
After the 2008 Georgian War, and then the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Moscow realised the limits of its hard power. The sovereign and independent countries that Putin had considered to be part of Russia’s “legitimate sphere of influence” were slipping away by building closer ties with Europe and the US.
This was in clear opposition with the Kremlin’s geopolitical interests. As a result, Russia declared an information war on the post-Soviet region, but also towards the West more generally.
Back in 2007, in his Munich Speech, Putin had underlined the Kremlin’s refusal to accept the current geopolitical order and now uses …read more