Vasily Gatov concludes
The broadcaster’s staff share the employer’s passionate position against liberal values, free and independent journalism, impartial and balanced reporting — and do their best to perform. Unless the Kremlin decides to opt for some sort of “informational détente” with the West — guided by some pragmatic reasons or terms of trade — RT will continue to efficiently overcome international barriers, playing on the devils and perils of Western societies and cleverly exploiting the weaknesses of the liberal political order. Well, “efficiently” is something of an overstatement: RT continuously inflates its audience, which has been reported time and again, and this doesn’t bode well for the declarations of grandeur for which Margarita Simonyan is so well known.
It is powered by revenge for a personal offence, nothing else.
Data-mining and analysis will not reveal what makes Russian propaganda tick.
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