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The Influence Game
Russian Propaganda In Germany: More Effective Than You Think

Moscow’s apparent inaction in the recent German elections hides a sophisticated effort to target the Russian diaspora.

Published on: October 17, 2017
Maria Snegovaya is a PhD student in Political Science at Columbia University and a regular contributor to Russian and U.S. journals.
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  • TNI Censors Comments Now

    Oh like America and Germany never use propaganda. Every state does that. Boo hoo. By the way, Germany actually censors people for wrong think like 1984. Sooo. You lose the ability to claim foul on outside info when you censor opinions at home. Just so you know, Merkel, if your sorry behind happens to ever see this. Maybe Russian conservatism is liked because Germans can’t express their own views freely.

    • LogicAli

      I’m glad that you are for propaganda that makes sure russia will never be responsible for killing 298 civilians on MH 17, no one needs justice especially the AIDS researchers who died. /sarc

      • TNI Censors Comments Now

        Oh they aren’t going to get any justice. Same with the victims of US, French, UK airstrikes. Same with the minorities in China, namely Tibetans and Uighurs. I can go on.

        • LogicAli

          So the US never owned up and payed for mistakenly downing an Iranian plane… your propaganda isn’t working buddy maybe if you used you native tongue.

  • Paul Lies

    Here’s an real example I’ve seen on FB.
    True News: Angela Merkel has a longstanding policy of bringing in millions of economic migrants, and then putting them on welfare.

    Possibly/Probably Fake News: Angela Merkel has a longstanding policy of bringing in millions of economic migrants, and then putting them on welfare because she is a secret Islamist and loves terror attacks.

    Almost completely irrelevant if the second one is more accurate [about merkel] or not. The first one is completely factual, and the reality. By virtue of the sad reality, terror attacks do occur, as well as sexual assaults and other crime, that would not otherwise be occurring in Germany. Got it?

    Like, I understand that you don’t need to be a very smart person to be a journalist. It’s not a particularly useful job, especially today. You don’t keep the lights on, you don’t feed people, you don’t fix things, you don’t invent things. But still, they should be smart enough to comprehend something so simple it’s unbelievably easy.

    • Proud Skeptic

      To me, the solution is simple…never get your news from Facebook.

      • Paul Lies

        I agree for the most part. FB censors as well, particularly when the state, like Germany, has anti free speech laws like blasphemy laws and/or bizarre “hate speech” laws. Although, YT and its competitors are taking the cake. The MSM is just too bias. Seems most under 40 are getting news and higher quality analysis from a good balance of progressive and conservative YT commentators. The handful i listen to were about one light year ahead of the loser MSM on election analysis and accuracy last year, for example.

  • Boritz

    During the height of the “peace movement”, SDS, etc. the movement was accused of being under the influence of the Soviets. The press and good liberals were outraged. How dare you accuse these fine young people of being anything but nice idealists on a pure mission. When Boris Yeltsin opened the KGB’s files it was learned that, of course, the KGB had done all it could to influence the peaceniks. I will therefore disagree with your accusation vis a vis the Russians until Putin opens his files on the matter.

  • Boritz

    During the “peace movement” the peaceniks were accused of being under the influence of the Soviets. The press was outraged. How dare anyone accuse these pure idealists of anything but a pure mission. When Boris Yeltsin opened the KGB’s files it was learned that, of course, the KGB had done all it could to influence the movement. I will therefore disregard this accusation vis a vis the Russians until Putin opens his files on the matter since that is the only evidence that seems to matter.

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