July 9, 2018  |  Updated July 9, 2018

The New Normal: Kremlin Propaganda Roller Coaster Clears Another Loop

By Julia Davis

On the eve of the Putin-Trump summit, the Kremlin propaganda is on the upswing, in a way that is unprecedented in modern American history. Putin’s bullhorns, highly skilled at conjuring up fake stories, now get their best storylines from real life. The most shocking agitprop is currently created by amplifying the abnormal attempts to normalize the U.S. relations with Russia and spicing them up with a generous helping of disinformation.

To keep the enormity of what is happening in perspective, recall that Russia invaded Ukraine (where its aggression continues to date), annexed Crimea, downed the Malaysian flight MH17, continues to prop up the Assad regime, in spite of chemical attacks and the ongoing massacre of civilians, supports Hamas and Hezbolla, arms the Taliban, was linked to Novichok poisonings in the UK, mass disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks and election interference in the U.S. and Europe. After being sanctioned for their malign activities, the Russians scoffed at the sanctions.

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