On Thursday episode of Evening with Vladimir Solovievstate television propagandist Vladimir Soloviev complained that he and the editor-in-chief of RT Margarita Simonyan is being terrorized by unidentified individuals, receiving countless calls and texts about Russian military activities in Ukraine. He Hold tight: “Margarita and I can show our phones to prove that we get thousands of calls and texts every hour.”
A few days earlier, two other state television propagandists, Olga Skabeeva and her husband Evgeny Popov, also reported on a series of calls. Skabeeva, state TV presenter 60 minutesangry yelling that the Ukrainians or their supporters have “relentlessly appealed to everyone, everyone, every citizen of Russia, including me and Evgeny!” Later on in the show, she raised her voice interruption one panelist complained of having “a mass attack that started at 2 a.m. .. we started receiving calls from Ukrainian territory, two to three minutes apart, Ukrainian phone numbers and Poland called incessantly… And then, text messages with death threats to me and my family, and pictures — endless pictures — of corpses, which they said were corpses. of Russian soldiers!”
The fact that the Russian military is suffering heavy losses during the invasion of Ukraine is unlikely to have much consequence for Skabeeva, who has for years openly agitated for the war against Ukraine. However, she was deeply angered by the messages, which served as reminders of the consequences of war.
Meanwhile in Moscow, the Russian government passed a new law to prevent the dissemination of “fake” information about invasionwith state media describe The whole world condemned the actions of the Kremlin as an “information carpet bombing”. On state television, Putin’s effort against Kyiv is being completely overshadowed by the Western response to the Ukraine attack, including US sanctions, which Russian lawmaker Alexey Nechayev description has been likened to “the flash of the West against the Russian economy.”
Famous state television pundit Karen Shakhnazarov conceded on friday that, “It seems to me that we are losing the information war. Our disinformation operation is not well prepared, unlike the Ukrainian side — and whoever is behind them.” He also complained about being trolled by strange phone calls. “By the way, I received a call from Zelensky. Well, at least that’s his voice on my phone. It could be a recording or someone impersonating him. Other people are getting those, too,” he said. “They are well prepared, with hundreds of thousands or millions of samples for what is being popularized.”
Appearing on Soloviev’s program on Thursday, Alexander Khinshtein, head of the information committee of the State Duma, speakThis is a blatant, open information war being waged for hearts and minds, aimed at making people not only abroad, but also inside Russia believe these horrors. and go through fear, panic and hatred, to start a psychological war here. He went on to describe the “unprecedented” cyberattacks against “Russian government infrastructure and websites,” claiming that they had “two to three times more impact than any other.” any previous cyberattack that Russia has experienced.
“Our government seems powerless. We never prepare for anything.”
Khinshtein stated that the attacks targeted all government agencies, all federal and regional utilities, energy and transportation systems, as well as “objects of the facility.” critical information infrastructure, including all Russian state-controlled media.” He blamed unknown attackers for sending text messages, push notifications and snail mails that were being sent to real addresses in Russia, describing the content as simply “horror. “
Khinshtein concluded that the aim of the ongoing attack was “to cause the infrastructure to collapse and the public to panic.” Soloviev explains: “We certainly understand that the Ukrainians are not the ones who do it, and our doctrine clearly describes cyberattacks as Casus Belli. So what are we waiting for? Not content with just one war going on, Soloviev is inciting another — but to be fair, he believes Russia is already at war with the Western world. He shout: “Our war is against the West – a big, serious war… Ukraine is a representative that the West is fighting against us.”
The war’s impact on Russia’s economic crisis is already starting to show, as the government and major supermarket chains have agreed limit Quantity of food sold per customer to limit hoarding.
Alexander Babakov, member of the State Duma, said: “The current situation can in fact be described as war. A war of savings, a war of survival… Look what the West is doing. It destroys all logistics, it destroys us economically… Let’s not be shy about it, we intend to win this war.”
Appearing on Soloviev’s program on Wednesday, political scientist Sergey Mikheyev guess: “The situation here, internally, could deteriorate once people start to feel the impact of the sanctions … even those who agree with us right now … Will It’s not enough just to tell them that this is our life. now, because we have to do the denuclearization of Ukraine… We should have prepared for this moment ten, fifteen years earlier, with a different economy, but even now, we We can’t just say this is our new reality and we have to live in it… We can tell them this How hard it will affect America – this is also necessary – but that alone will not be enough. “
Mikheyev added: “With all due respect to our president, he always says that prosperity is the most important thing… Go ahead and explain, if the main thing in life is prosperity, then explain how we have to survive these sanctions. ”
With no sense of self, Soloviev brags that he’s not really concerned about the economic impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine – despite the recent loser into his two Italian mansions, estimated to be worth a total of $8 million. The presenter boasted: “Myself, I am well off.” He laughs: “I bought so many things in the past years that I won’t have to go to any stores for years to come.”
Even the most fervent Putin supporters have expressed displeasure with his government – not for waging war against Russia’s innocent neighbour, but for being unprepared for the economic predicament. downfall. Andrey Sidorov, deputy head of the faculty of world politics at Moscow State University, note: “Our government seems helpless. We never prepare for anything… How would people fix their cars without auto parts? Evoking the story of Cinderella, Soloviev bitterly pointed out, “And our phones are about to turn into pumpkins.”