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The Russian Public and the Downing of Malaysian Flight 17

Updated on July 21, 2014

All you have to do is listen to the English news station, RT (Russia Today) on TV to hear the bias and intentional slant of how the Russian people are being fed news. RT is how Putin and the Kremlin presents the Russia to the world. They do apply pressure on the editors and writers of RT. Just recently, many RT reporters and news anchors who were recruited because they are non-Russian English speaking, quit. Why? Because of the internal pressure that is applied to news stories on issues that matter to Putin. The pressure is to indirectly blame the West or others and to make Russia look in a better light. Sometimes, the pressure is simply to lie about the facts.

For instance, Putin and RT have said that it was a Ukrainian SU-25 had shot down Malaysian Flight 17. Originally, the storyline was that the Ukrainian plane was trying to shoot down Putin's airplane, missed, and instead hit Flight 17. Many Russians believed it. But, as time wore on, RT modified the story by eliminating any mention of Putin's plane being in the air. The fallacy is that had there been a Su-25 tracking Flight 17, there would be plenty of radar tracking records to show it. The pilot of the SU-25 would have been able to identified the airliner. The other problem was that the direction of the airliner was going toward Russian airspace, not away from it. Whatever. The propaganda was fed and consumed by the Russian public.

Russian news media has said some ridiculous things, like, America had planned this and took part in some weird manner. Then, they fed their public the line that because the incident was over the Ukrainian area, they must be the cause and they shot it down.

Many Russians buy the propaganda that Ukraine shot down the airliner and then tried to blame the pro-Russian rebels. They believe it because they still think the Ukraine really is still part of Russia, as it was for decades until the 1990's. Certainly, Putin thinks so. He is refusing to let it go without a fight. It would be like if California became a nation. The U.S. government certainly would not like it nor would just allow it to happen.

Much of the Russian public generally like Putin and how he stands up to the West. They like how he is trying to make Russia a world player like it was in the Cold War days. They are proud of their heritage, yet, glad Communism is gone, even though it has just changed into a softer format with more freedom. Kind of like China.

Whenever there is carnage, their media blames it on the Fascist Ukrainians governed by a millionaire. Of course, America is behind it all, Putin has never had anything to do with the war. They always blame America and Europe of sowing seeds within the Ukraine to create chaos and to undermine Russia. But, the most outlandish report from RT is astonishing: They reported that America had created the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and now is trying to do it again in the Ukraine.

It is scary because many gullible Russians believe this stupidity and so do others who speak English. Of course, it is fed to the Russians, also. This is on the same level of when Iran's president said that the Nazi holocaust of WW2 never happened. America had nothing to do with Rwanda's genocide and even today, President Clinton regrets deeply in not stopping it. He admits it was his greatest mistake.

Russian media continues to feed its people propaganda indicating that it is the Western media trying to stir anti-Russia hysteria via world events. Inside Russia, the generation buying all this shit is those under 30 yrs. These are the naive Russians who think their government is open, free and honest. The older Russians view the news in a more skeptical light, knowing full well of the Kremlin's reach in propaganda. They know Putin is from the old school of KGB.

Most of the young Russians support Putin. In fact, because many Russians do support him fully, the West may have little influence until the public is impacted by sanctions. Putin most likely will not modify his attitude or vision for Russia because he does have support for his holding onto the Ukraine.

As one Russian said, "The West always blames Putin. The Ukraine keeps asking for trouble, so they have it. Whatever the USA gets involved in, it messes up".

The war for public opinion is for real. It does matter.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      Really? LOL, get serious/

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      Hello from Russia )) 

      3 years ago

      Judging by the fact how often you say the word "brainwashed", we can say that most likely brainwashed you. Simple psychology. LOL

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      If you really think the US blew up its own skyscrapers and killed 3000 just to attack Iraq, you have been brainwashed comrade. Sad..

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      Michail 

      3 years ago

      There is a version http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/miss_sv/post32767... that the whole story with the Crimea organized by USA (Putin himself was shocked and did not expect to be taken Crimea by Strelkov). This served as a excuse to impose sanctions against Russia. U.S. always looking for an excuse. In 2001, September 11, they destroyed their own skyscrapers to attack Iraq.

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      Ben Akiba 

      3 years ago

      Did we see those satellite images? No, once again you are giving your trust to Obama and USA.

      Putin took Crimea quite easily - although i do understand strategic reasons for that move (preservation of military bases), i condemn it and find it unrighteous - but same way he could easily usurp eastern Ukraine, and again, he is not doing it - the question is why?

      There are two things that Putin is trying to avoid, first one is NATO (read: US) on its borders, and the second one is war that could destabilize his (Russian) economic prosperity. NATO attempt to approach Russia through Ukraine is something that initiated this conflict and sad thing is that they are not dying for it - no, Ukrainians and Russians do. Just like in Syria, Libya, Egypt, Serbia, Yugoslavia, etc.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      The Ukrainian BuK system was not anywhere near and the US satellites show where the BuK was fired from. Why is Putin now supplying even more dangerous weapons to the pro-separatists? He refuses to let Ukraine go even when Russia signed the agreement in 1994.

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      Alex 

      3 years ago

      Perrya. Your accusations against Putin are similar to as if I accused the author of this article that he was involved in a crash of the Boeing. He would be excuses, but I stupidly answered - I'm sure because I think so.

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      Alex 

      3 years ago

      The strangest thing that has not been published a list of the dead. And in general a lot unclear. Malaysia MH17 crash: 10 questions Russia wants Ukraine to answer http://www.opednews.com/articles/Malaysia-MH17-cra...

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      Ben Akiba 

      3 years ago

      What evidence? Ukrainians also have BuK systems... Only if, under evidence you consider Obamas statements. I didn't see any other material evidence, and if there are no material evidences, we are getting back to the motives.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      But, evidence....the BuK system is Russian, requires training, and it was in Ukraine area. Pro-Russians captured one or several. Putin, is guilty even if he did supply the weapon to them and that is all.

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      Ben Akiba 

      3 years ago

      Vice versa...We can have different opinions on Putin, but we have to agree that he is serious politician, unlike the others Russian leaders in previous century. If we agree on that, then we have to find reasons and benefits of his actions. What reason did he have and witch benefits could he obtain buy taking down the civil plain? Does he need a justification for international "peace intervention"? No, it seems that someone else need an excuse to send "peace" armies to Ukrainian land and Russian borders. Who could it be? If you can't see it in this case, maybe you should study some other similar "war crimes" like one in Markale or Racak. After that, you will either strengthen your opinion that "bad boys" are always stupid and eager to confirm the image that US media are forming on them, or you will reconsider your point of view and ask yourself if brainwashing has other end. Unfortunately, i bet on first option.

      p.s.

      I am not from Russia, and media in my country is quite neutral on this matter.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      Sounds like you have been brainwashed by Russian media. OMG

    • lancelot888 profile image

      Vladimir 

      3 years ago from Russia

      You come to write the article, but you are not competent. Answer me if only for Boeing. 1. Why still no list of the dead? 2. Why was not on board a stock of food and water? (Flight time of flight 8 hours). 3. Why are most of the corpses were naked, bloodless and from them came putrid smell, as if they had died long ago? 4. Why passport passengers all brand new and canceled? 5. Where did Boeing, who disappeared March 8, 2014. Most important question to you: The case is or provocation? If this is a provocation, then who benefits?

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