Narrative X-ray: A New Tool in Russian Narratives

The Kremlin’s bundle of narratives, including special operations, denazification, stopping the persecution of Russians, protecting the “Russian world”, the “historical truth” about the non-existence of Ukraine, fighting against the aggression of the collective West, etc., changes according to the circumstances, but now it has come down to playing with open cards, to stating your true intentions. The reason for this is probably to secure a better position in future negotiations.

Narrative X-ray: Russkyi Mir for domestic use

In the current Narrative X-ray, Propastop delves into how Russkii Mir propaganda played a significant role in securing Vladimir Putin’s reelection for an additional six years. This narrative highlights how such propaganda has shaped a widespread belief among Russians in Russia’s military prowess, particularly through its influence on mass culture.

Narrative X-ray: Does Russia want peace

Russia claims it wants peace and is not to blame for starting wars, but the facts show that the narrative systematically repeated by key Kremlin figures is false. In the same way, Russia’s calls for peace with Ukraine are hollow, because fulfilling the conditions set as its basis would mean suicide for Ukraine.

Narrative X-ray: In conclusion

Throughout the previous year, Propastop analyzed various Russian narratives and propaganda campaigns in a separate section, starting with the narrative of the Russian world. These analyzes were called narrative x-rays, where public data were used as x-rays to reveal the structure of the narrative. In the column, many different narratives were illuminated with the help … Continue reading Narrative X-ray: In conclusion

Russia’s Traditional War Narratives – How Putin Successfully Uses Them?

Russia’s historical war narrative is largely defined by miraculous transformations that turn even the most humiliating defeats into triumphs. Analysis of Russia’s historical war narrative and the ongoing Ukraine conflict reveals the crucial role of narratives in shaping public opinion and supporting president Putin.

Narrative X-ray: How the Western press unwittingly supports Kremlin narratives

In December, Mart Reimann, a tourism consultant, took an SUV, bought with money donated by Belarusians and refurbished in Estonia ready for combat, to a marine unit near Kherson. The grateful Marines had just returned from a mission across the Dnipro River the night before but showed him around the city of Kherson and the … Continue reading Narrative X-ray: How the Western press unwittingly supports Kremlin narratives

Narrative X ray – Russia’s traditional values – what are they and why?

In recent years, Putin has crafted a narrative presenting Russia as a guardian of traditional moral, social, and religious values, contrasting with the perceived liberal decline in the West. The narrative appeals to both Russian citizens and the broader Russian-speaking world, providing a moral basis for policy decisions and reinforcing the authority of the ruling elite. Despite criticism of Western issues like cancel culture and transgender rights, these critiques often serve as a smokescreen for broader geopolitical ambitions, notably seen in Russia’s actions against Ukraine.

Narrative X-ray: Is Russia a man of its word and the West a liar?

One of the key narratives in Russian propaganda is that throughout history, Russia has always upheld its word, being honest, fair, and good. In contrast, the West has consistently been deceitful, violating agreements, and reneging on promises. The narrative X-ray examines how much truth lies in this.

Narrative X-ray: are Ukrainian children being deported or rescued?

Amidst the chaos of war in Ukraine, Russian authorities claim to be the saviors of Ukrainian orphans and vulnerable children. But is this narrative grounded in reality? Dive into The Narrative X-ray for an in-depth investigation into the truth behind Russia’s rescue claims.

Narrative X-ray: doesn’t Russia need the West?

Russia promotes the idea that it doesn’t need to trade with Western countries and can rely on the rest of the world for trade. However, this narrative could lead to a divided world, making everyone poorer. While Russia emphasizes having allies and avoiding Western goods, the reality is that developing countries need to engage with the West for economic growth. Additionally, expanding groups like BRICS may create more tensions and lack a clear common goal. So, despite resisting Western influence, engaging with Western nations is crucial for economic development of “Global South”.