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Thomas Kent on How Russian Propagandists Have Regained Their Footing
May 19, 2022

Thomas Kent (Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs) writes in CEPA that while the Russian propaganda machine stumbled at the beginning of the war with Ukraine, it has now regained its footing.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stunned not only the world, but apparently the Kremlin’s own propaganda machine. For weeks after the invasion, state-run media outlets aimed at the outside world struggled to construct a coherent explanation of why the country had sent more than 100,000 troops to attack a smaller neighbor which had done it no visible harm.

Now, however, the machine has recovered, becoming more coherent and persuasive, especially in the developing world. How can democratic forces confront these efforts, and maintain broad opposition to the Kremlin’s actions?