You won’t believe how RT brainwashes its population

2015/03/08 • Analysis & Opinion

The reach and effect of the Russian propaganda machine is not fully understood. It is a well-established fact that Russia Today is the Kremlin’s propaganda bullhorn in the West. At the same time, its domestic impact cannot be overlooked. For the domestic audience, Russia Today is trying to portray the West as a decadent and decaying society while claiming Russia’s moral and ethical superiority.

This “moral superiority” is expressed in a brutal homophobic campaign, initiated by a law making it illegal to distribute homosexual “propaganda” to minors, which includes staging gay pride events and advocating for gay rights, signed by Putin on June 30, 2013. Following the adoption of this law, hostility towards the LGBT community has risen, with calls coming from officials to establish a morality police to fine people who violate “traditional values.”

As an alternative to Europe’s views, Russia portrays itself as a defender of traditional values while arguing that the EU is a perverted society.  Russia Today is an active and major player in this massive campaign of disinformation and propaganda, and its influence on the Russian public cannot be overlooked or underestimated.

Separate agents are crucial in propelling this picture of western society to ordinary Russians. Particularly well known is Irina Bergset. Ms. Bergset is an endless source of fantasies about the decadent West. Their absolutely ludicrous nature is legitimized somewhat thanks to her stay in Norway. Yulia Latynina, an analyst on Ekho Moskvy, argues that Ms. Bergset suffers from psychosis. Nevertheless, nowadays in Russia she heads an organization called “Russian Mothers,” which is actively campaigning to prevent Russian children from being adopted by foreigners, motivating such an initiative by protection against adoption by gay couples. With Russian orphans, many of them disabled, facing a grim future in Russia’s state orphanages, the moral outcome of this law is more than questionable.

Irina Bergset is often seen proclaiming absurd stories about the West at rallies and events. She has been filmed in this video during one of the state-sponsored anti-Maidan protests depicting an utterly absurd picture of Western society. The absurdity of her claims and convictions often find repercussions in Russia Today’s propaganda efforts in brainwashing their own citizens. Here she tells that Germany officially recognized a “pedophile party”; that due to the shortages of females, German men are actively raping dogs; and that the EU legalized “71 types of homosexuality.” Moreover, she is convinced that the EU legalized a so called “Queer-sexualism” movement, which includes homosexuals, pedophiles, zoophiles, and even cannibals.  Russian state-controlled television tries hard to show that all of this represents western “liberalism” and therefore must be avoided. This serves a threefold purpose: diminish the West, create an illusion of Russia’s moral superiority, and portray the Russian liberal opposition as advocates of European values.

To Western readers, this might sound like satire. It’s real; moreover, it’s even more serious than the laughs we got out of this video. Russia Today is a major piece of the puzzle in Putin’s informational campaign against the West, and is being used today as an instrument of war in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Edited by: Alya Shandra

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  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    Why is RT on the air AT ALL in the West? It is a CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION pushing for mass murder, ethnic cleansing, racism, military aggression, invasion and terrorism in UKRAINE and against the West.
    RT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BE TAKEN OFF THE AIR IN THE WEST. IT HAS NO LEGAL BASIS TO STILL BE OPERATING.
    The legal basis for SHUTTING DOWN RT is TOTALLY CLEAR & UNDENIABLE:
    RT VIOLATES THE UN CHARTER that prohibits incitement to ethnic hatred.

    Whipping up ethnic hatred against Ukraine is the NUMBER ONE reason that RT exists. RT has zombified not only russians, but a vast swath of people in the West who do not even know what RT is; who do not even know that it is russian. Hundreds of thousands of the ignorant in the West are being turned into russian sympathisers /zombies by RT. The war against UKRAINE and the West is fought by the MAIN WEAPON OF PROPAGANDA (there would be no war without the lies, libel & smears of RT et al). Propaganda is responsible for all the thousands of murders by russia of UKRAINIANS so it is more deadly than tanks and rockets
    Those who allow RT to keep up its murderous broadcasting are therefore implicated in russia’s fascist mass murder in Ukraine.and are therefore criminals themselves. RT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OFF THE AIR IN THE ENTIRE WEST SINCE OVER A WHOLE YEAR. THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER to allow it to continue spewing its hateful murderous toxins all over the West.

    • johnny8213

      we believe you -_-

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    RT Brainwashing not one- but hundreds of thousands- of viewers at a time

  • puttypants

    write to our senators and representatives and tell them to stop RT. f

  • Garry Simkin

    RT IS NOTHING BUT A JOKE i have proven there news wrong before with the lies they tell . how can these people be so nieve.its amazing how the ukrainian people are you nice and kind yet the russians are so brainwashed and stupid.putin is one evil bastard

  • Mykola Potytorsky

    just seen this video and all I can say is wow!!!!!

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    RT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OFF THE AIR IN THE ENTIRE WEST SINCE OVER A WHOLE YEAR. THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER to allow it to continue spewing its hateful murderous toxins all over the West.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    RT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BE TAKEN OFF THE AIR IN THE WEST. IT HAS NO LEGAL BASIS TO STILL BE OPERATING.
    The legal basis for SHUTTING DOWN RT is TOTALLY CLEAR & UNDENIABLE:
    RT VIOLATES THE UN CHARTER that prohibits incitement to terrorism and ethnic hatred.
    Whipping up ethnic hatred to pursue terrorism against Ukraine is the NUMBER ONE reason that RT exists. CASE CLOSED.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    Those in power in the West who allow RT to keep up its murderous broadcasting are implicated in russia’s fascist mass murder in Ukraine.and are therefore criminals themselves.
    RT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OFF THE AIR IN THE ENTIRE WEST SINCE OVER A WHOLE YEAR. THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER to allow it to continue spewing its hateful murderous toxins all over the West.

  • George

    Are they serious?

  • John Sobieski

    While I support Ukraine 100% and believe Russian aggression in Ukraine is unjust, I agree with Russia’s laws against homosexual propaganda. I wish we had those laws in the West.

  • Charles J. Kollman

    Remember boys America has the First Amendment in the Constitution meaning freedom of speech. When you ban something or control it, on the other side of the coin you are doing it to yourself also.

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      Not so Charles. RT activity is NOT legally in the category of free speech. The legal basis for SHUTTING DOWN RT is TOTALLY CLEAR & UNDENIABLE. Why?RT VIOLATES THE UN CHARTER that prohibits incitement to terrorism and ethnic hatred.
      Whipping up ethnic hatred to pursue terrorism against Ukraine is the NUMBER ONE reason that RT exists. BY INTERNATIONAL LAW IT MUST BE TAKEN OFF THE AIR. CASE CLOSED. Why is this illegal entity ILLEGALLY still operating all over the West? Because there are so many russian/putin sympathisers in power all over the West (a result of the FRANKFURT SCHOOL). These people support the CRIMINAL ENTITY of RT and so are themselves also CRIMINALS and enemies of Western values such as FREE SPEECH. They misuse free speech to pursue their agenda to destroy free speeech- and the West in general.

      • Charles J. Kollman

        It sounds OK. i will need to educate myself on this subject. I like the Russian law on guys and same sex marriage, it should be like that in the US.

  • MeinOhio

    The woman lived in Norway and has been diagnosed as mentally ill. She was denied custody of one child (born in Norway, therefore a Norwegian) because of her mental illness. She returned to Russia with her older cold. Instead of enabling her to receive treatment, Russia and RT are cynically using her and her illness for their hysterical and hilarious propaganda.

  • Turtler

    “Ask yourselves why is one media outlet like RT so successful fighting against all of the Western media and Ukrainian media BS.”

    I don’t because they are not. Even in Russia we’ve seen the results of Putin’s stranglehold over the media cracking up, and pro-Putin trolls (like yourself I might add) get repeatedly called out for saying obvious nonsense. The misadventures of one “Leos” on World Affairs are pretty obvious.

    RT relies on force feeding nonsense to a captive audience, one systematically denied any alternative source of information. And on some level that is effective so you could say they are “winning.” But it’s getting less and less so as time marches on.

    “The answer is clear. Because what RT reports makes sense.And it makes sense cause it is the truth. ”

    Obviously you haven’t seen RT. I envy you.

    RT and the likes of y ou will not come out on top, because even with a captive audience and the power of a decayed empire behind them, you STILL cannot decide whether Kyiv is a group of “Neo-Nazis” or “Miserable Jews.” And you STILL have no good answer- or knowledge- to one 19th century Russian patriot and slavophile’s analysis of Ukraine.

    “…under the mighty
    protection of Lithuanian princes, (Ukraine/what he called Southern Russia) completely separated itself from the
    North. Every bond between them was broken; two kingdoms were
    established under a single name–Russia–one under the Tatar yoke, the
    other under the same rule with Lithuanians. But actually they had no
    relation with one another; different laws, different customs,
    different aims, different bonds, and different activities gave them
    wholly different characters.”

    Nikolai Gogol

  • iJutsu .

    Russians are Brainwashed Pigs, after all the events of past 3 years, it’s clear to anyone who’s not living under a rock.

  • johnny8213

    There is no RT logo in that video -_-