Russia’s new propagandists. The Carnegie Moscow Center presents an opinion piece on the makeup of the “New Propagandists” dominating state television. According to Andrey Arkhangelsky, their ideology consists of a mishmash of imperial, Soviet and archaic ideas; they are united by a rejection of modernity (aka “common indignation at the existing world order”); and their intellectual weakness is that they must link Russian success to the failure of the West and democracy. Tell me something I don’t know. /sarc
Kennan Institute/Russia File. Senior Fellow Maxim Trudolyubov tries to answer the question “why do the US and Russia get each other wrong?” The article‘s not too bad, but predictably much of the blame is placed on Russia.
Russia Direct on the Orlando shooting. Notice how the tune has changed: post-Orlando, it’s Putin who’s trying to mend ties with the US but the propaganda machine has brainwashed Russians with so much anti-Americanism that rapprochement will be near impossible.
A distinct voice in the echo chamber? On Tuesday, Ambassador Jack Matlock testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Read his full testimony here.
Addendum: Gilbert Doctorow reviews the controversial film The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes. I wish I could see the film myself.