This article was originally published by CEPA.
An old meme reappeared on Facebook on 18 March, the eve of the Russian presidential elections, in a clear attempt to bolster the Russian regime’s democratic legitimacy and wrap the Russian electoral process in a mystic cloak. However, despite the meme’s biblical tone, as well as the ecstatic attitude of Putin adorers on social media, the effort by the Kremlin’s propaganda machine to implant a positive narrative could not overpower the scandal about the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK. In Romania, this international scandal undermined the pro-Putin propaganda efforts, but unfortunately revived some of the classic anti-West narratives.
Putin’s unsurprising victory sparked a rare demonstration of pure propaganda. A Sputnik editorialist presented Putin as “the best son of Mother Russia” and as nothing less than a savior, very much in line with the messianic tone abounding online among pro-Putin groups and pages.Read more