Vladimir Putin: 25 percent violence, 75 percent propaganda

December 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Peter Pomerantsev

The media in Russia is lively, often entertaining and largely state controlled. Still, an illusion of freedom remains key for the Kremlin to maintain its grasp over a country that spans 11 time zones. In this episode of War College, we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption.

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Haha. Putin is afraid of a little Pussy Riot.

Arresting rock-and-roll girls who make fun of your little noodle. It only makes the noodle seem smaller.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

“.. we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption..”

We are also watching how US defense is trolling its message through this paid PR channel of Reuters.

Posted by Mottjr | Report as abusive

any person who reads this article and doesn’t think “double standards” is a moron… you, reuters, are a pot… calling the kettle black

Posted by SodaBoy | Report as abusive

I would really appreciate if Pentagon would craft their messages in a way similar to Russians – that is, showing their observations, facts, such as the aerial and satellite imagery. We, the taxpayers, are paying for their technological capabilities, and I would really like to hope that the capabilities that US MOD possesses are not inferior to russian. Where are the facts? Were there hundreds of oil trucks crossing daily/weekly into Turkey as Russians show, or not? Why does not our military provide us with our own facts, paid by us, instead of brainwashing us with these “cloud podcasts”?

Posted by BraveNewWrld | Report as abusive

Never trust a person that doesn’t smoke or drink or a Turk.

Posted by Macedonian | Report as abusive

Mr Fields apparently isn’t allowed to write about the horrific US propaganda this platform provides thus, this piece also falls into the category of propaganda.

Sadly absent are the opinion pieces willing to expose the US facade of ISIS destruction in Syria. In truth, ISIS has been intentionally permitted to flourish as foot soldiers assisting with the only real US (well documented) goal…. yet another example of CIA installed regime change?

Posted by SaveRMiddle | Report as abusive

I’m not surprised that when Turkey gave him a bloody nose, he wouldn’t have a response. I thought one of the northern NATO country’s he was buzzing would have been first.

Posted by Amwatching2c | Report as abusive

Since Putin started exposing US and Co. objectives in Syria, they started writing a lot more about him, as its all propaganda, you cant trust Putin or Russians. Anyone with the brains and alternative view has been viewed as a Russian troll. How pathetic is our media!

Posted by free_man | Report as abusive

This is why the US public is losing confidence in their journalist and their government. They think the public are stupid. The lack of courage to tell the truth in this article shows the character that will lead to more terrorism and war. Journalism used for evil not good.

Posted by Kris33 | Report as abusive

I have yet to see a site that sensors this many comments. It would be interesting to discover why comments to Reuters’ op-ed pieces suffer this disproportionate affect. The comment doesn’t pertain to just this op-ed.

Posted by Laster | Report as abusive

reuters need not act like a US stooge. everyone knows who creates propaganda to hide their acts since ages. Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan are all examples of such propaganda of war for peace and justice. grow up.

Posted by Adi_Sanghi | Report as abusive

Why do you censor comments that stop the propaganda and hate and war that this site promotes. You people are nothing less then evil and will pay the price in the end. Scum of society to do this form money.

Posted by Kris33 | Report as abusive

Is Reuters paid by the U.S. military to run this piece? It’s really laughable. It is also childish — the type of name calling you’d find on a playground.

Posted by strongerthanwar | Report as abusive