Narrative X-ray: The Trinity of Russian Civilization

To justify its imperialistic aggression towards Ukraine, Russia employs the narrative of the “All-Russian People” or the “Trinity Russian People,” which asserts the union of Great Russia, Little Russia (Ukraine), and Belarus as sub-nations within a single pan-Russian nation. This narrative serves as a pretext for its actions.

Boys not from our neighborhood

Last week, there was a flash mob in Estonia where Russian car owners placed “I AM RUSSIAN” stickers on their cars. The identity of the organizers, the motives behind this initiative, and the repercussions it entailed have become subjects of inquiry.

Narrative X-ray: Crimea is a native Russian territory

The narrative that Crimea is a native Russian territory is rooted in historical events and has been propagated by the Kremlin for various purposes. It centers around the idea that Crimea has deep historical and cultural ties to Russia, justifying its annexation in 2014. Let’s delve deeper into these events and explore how Russia interprets them in their favor.

Putin’s propganda in Africa – oppose the West

Russia’s propaganda campaign in Africa, which portrays its war in Ukraine as a conflict with the West, strategically exploits anti-Western sentiments deeply embedded in Africa’s colonial history. Simultaneously, Russia has disseminated disinformation that paints Ukraine as a racist nation. It’s worth noting that Russia itself, despite these claims, has its own challenges with issues of racial discrimination, as it remains a colonial power, and its society struggles with accepting people of different skin colors. What can and should the West do about this?

Russian propaganda in popular video games

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has seeped into popular video games like Minecraft and Roblox, where pro-Kremlin propaganda has found a platform. These games, along with discussion platforms like Discord and Steam, have become channels for propagating pro-Kremlin messages, primarily targeting younger audiences.

Pribaltika and Pribalts: The Weaponized Renaming

The terms “Прибалтика” and “прибалты” have resurfaced repeatedly in Russian media, evoking sharp and emotional responses. These terms, which never truly faded from Russian discourse, continue to play a role in shaping perceptions and narratives concerning the Baltic States. Who and why use them, and what agenda do those terms have?

Narrative X-ray: did NATO promise Russia not to expand eastwards? 

Russia’s narrative of Western promises to limit the expansion of NATO is a sophisticated manipulation of history. This narrative isn’t just a historical footnote, but a strategic weapon. It’s aimed at preventing the expansion of NATO and legitimizing Russia’s interventions, particularly in Ukraine. However, due to Russia’s aggressive behavior, including its invasion of Ukraine, it has lost resonance in Western circles. Nevertheless, this narrative thrives as a key component of the Kremlin’s propaganda machine in Russia, perpetuating mistrust of the West and reinforcing Russia’s self-image as a victim of broken promises.

I speak Russian – therefore I am Russian?

The short answer is: not necessarily. Ethnicity and language are closely related, but there are other factors that must be considered. It’s important to recognize that speaking Russian as one’s native language does not automatically equate to being ethnically or culturally Russian. In many cases, the prevalence of Russian as a native language in countries formerly … Continue reading I speak Russian – therefore I am Russian?

Narrative X-ray: russkii mir (russian world)

The current article is also available in Estonian and Russian.  Propastop starts with a new section, the purpose of which is to shed light on the various narratives used in propaganda – to show where they come from, why they are used as such and what is intended to be achieved by their dissemination. First, … Continue reading Narrative X-ray: russkii mir (russian world)