Russian Propaganda


Raphaël Cantin, Journalist, Editor

Unusual decision of Russia to publicize what they claim to be a Ukrainian drone attack on the Kremlin.

On May 3, a flying object exploded near the Kremlin (Moscow) without damaging it. Flying a drone in the area of this senate building is a completely forbidden practice to prevent such attacks.

This time, Russia made the event public as soon as possible, saying that it was a Ukrainian attack to assassinate Vladimir Putin. Usually, such attacks are hidden by the government. For example, the case of Vladlen Tatarsky, a Russian blogger who died in an explosion in St Petersburg, was not publicized and talked about a lot by Russia, compared to the drone. Though they still ended up blaming Ukrainian people.

It would be useless for Ukraine to send such attacks on Russian territory since it would justify an escalation of the war and the possibility for Russia to use nuclear weapons. “We will demand the use of weapons capable of stopping and destroying the Kyiv terrorist regime,” declared Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of Russia’s lower house of Parliament. Also, Putin has many exact same offices, meaning there is no way for Ukraine to know where he is and to try to kill him. This means that any assassination attempt towards Putin can only come from someone inside Russia, but not necessarily from a native citizen.

The pilot of the drone was most probably asked to do it by the government, who knew they would rally Russians behind their president by publicizing the attack and blaming Ukraine. This type of staged “terrorist attack” are also made to justify announcements about sensitive subjects. “We should officially declare that all of the leadership of this terrorist nation is subject to being physically eliminated,” announced State Duma member Andrey Gurulyov.

Recently, the United States has been investigating the origin of the attack. They have been named in some of Russia’s accusations, so they are now part of the story. The U. S. mentioned the possibility of the attack coming from Ukraine. More information is to come as the story develops itself and countries do their research.