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15.08.2017

Embassy responds to Russian media question

Question: It looks like British media continue their policy of writing/saying either harsh criticism of Russia or nothing at all. And this in summer time, when journos like Ed Lucas, Luke Harding, Con Coughlin and Roger Boyes, who specialize in Russia-bashing, are away on holiday. At the same time it seems that the same attitude takes shape towards America, if we take Gideon Rachman’s article in today’s FT as example. What is your view of that?

Answer: Agree. The reason may well be the same that Gideon Rachman attributes to the Trump Administration in the said article. That is sort of propaganda accompaniment meant to provide the right political climate for people to rally around the Brexit Government and internationally – a sense of affinity on the part of EU partners at the divorce talks.

No one realistically expects that MSM would love even their own government, let alone a foreign one. However, what we see now is a unique character assassination campaign, bordering on outright Russophobia. Reading some articles, one gets the picture of Russia as a sort of Jerome K. Jerome’s Stage villain, doing everything wrong just for the sake of it, even without profit or reason. Fact-checking, as well as other professional standards in respect of Russia, are long gone. We have asked for evidence on various occasions, yet have never seen any. The most we get are references to media reports or “public knowledge”.

Thus, with the slightest reservations, meant perhaps just to keep OFCOM away, most bizarre and illogical theories are gleefully spread. No accusation against our country is absurd enough not to find its way onto the pages of many newspapers. Russians are “the usual suspects” (seen “Casablanca”?). Any connection with Russia of anyone is deemed a clear sign of direct or orchestrated involvement of the Russian state.

Of course, there are other journalists. They do not shy away from criticizing our country, and we may disagree with them, time and again. But what they obviously reject is the role of propaganda pawns that quite a few of their colleague readily embrace. Also remarkable is the nearly universal lack of that propaganda in the culture supplements. It’s worth noting that culture is the only sphere of bilateral cooperation left nearly untouched by the political tensions. We also receive enough support in letters from British public which testify to the plain fact that common sense and common decency are inherent to any nation, and no amount of media spin could blunt them.

As to America being savaged on a par with Russia, why should we mind that? US Congress and British Government have lumped us with Iran, North Korea and ISIS. Now we are lumped with America. Maybe, this is a welcome development, that proves that the electorates in our two countries are in the right.




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