How Putin Shot Himself in the Foot

Russian propaganda managed to surpass its own absurdity when the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, claimed that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk fought alongside rebel forces in both Chechen wars. Yatsenyuk supposedly tortured and executed Russian soldiers there. This apparently took place in the mid-1990s when Yatsenyuk was a 20-year-old law student in western Ukraine with no military training. He also worked for a law firm which for some reason never noticed his absence.Social media was quickly filled with satirical pictures showing “evidence” of Yatsenyuk as a bearded radical Islamist. In many ways, such obvious lies may seem …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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