$80 Million For “War”: How a “Maidan” in Russia Is Being Pushed Forward by America

Translated by Ollie Richardson

16:38:12
22/09/2017

pravda.ru

The West already spent $80 million to counter information in Russia.

As the Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Predictions of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia Nikita Danyuk stated in the report “on the facts of interference in the information sovereignty of Russia before presidential elections”, Russia is now subjected to [external – ed] influence in the information sphere.

Just during the period from 2015 to 2018, the US spent more than $80 million on the information war, and more than $40 million was spent on informational support for the coup d’etat in Ukraine – from 2011 to 2015.

Danyuk emphasized that at the moment there are three channels for the financing of workers, via which it is possible to influence internal political processes.

He listed possible options for the receiving of funds in Russia, mentioning “foreign media holdings, which are controlled by the State”. Also, the situation is influenced by the direct or indirect financing of domestic media through the delivery of grants by large foreign NGOs.

Also, the analyst remembered about the support for so-called independent Russian journalists. Today in Russia there is no real mechanism to monitor and control the means that are received by journalists from foreign structures, and this complicates the identification of propaganda materials, summarized Danyuk.

The report also notes the evidence of the fact that the West long ago developed a strategy to interfere in the information space of sovereign States, using for this purpose both its own media and the media operating in the territory of its strategic opponents.

They systematically try to realize in Russia the scenario of a Maidan that was realized in Ukraine, emphasizes the expert. The Russian oppositional media and related NGOs continue to receive foreign financing, which leads to the formation of a pool of media whose activity is characterized by a clear anti-Russian orientation.

In the report two tendencies are identified, which take place when financing is allocated to Russian-speaking media by foreign western structures. Firstly, a decrease in the level of trust towards anti-Russian propaganda, as a result the viewership of western broadcasting corporations rapidly decreases. The American broadcasting agency BBG presented in its 2017 report not only the forecast of a drop in its weekly viewership, but it also noted a decrease in the number of those who consider the information products of the agency plausible. From 2013 to 2016 the number of people who trust BBG programs fell from 91.9% to 67.2%.

Experts attribute this to the fact that the well-structured and effective information work vis-a-vis the Russian population by the State, State media, and pro-government NGOs led to Russian society considerably decreasing its trust towards foreign propaganda media.

However, the second tendency is that the West isn’t ready to tolerate the trend of its informational influence having a reduced effect on the population of strategic enemies, therefore new opportunities to deliver their propaganda are being found: an emphasis is placed on social media, new ways of delivering information, qualitatively new information products.

Russia is close to the 2018 presidential elections, and this means that maximum efforts will be made to discredit the institute of elections in Russia and to implement the scenario of a coup similar to what happened in 2013-2014 in Ukraine.

“Pravda.ru” earlier reported that the US Congress submitted a bill comprised of a list of foreign programs of the State Department for the next year. In total it is proposed to allocate $5.4 billion for the implementation of international projects.

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