Meduza reconstructs the Russian occupation of Bucha -- and debunks Kremlin lies about crimes against civilians
https://meduza.io/en/feature/2022/04/08/massacre-in-bucha, posted 12 Apr by peter in propaganda russia ukraine war
It's clear that the Kremlin's propagandists are trying to use the exact same playbook they used after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in the Donbas in 2014. Immediately after the incident it wants to obscure, the Russian government puts forth a series of "alternative" explanations that contradict even one another ("Nobody actually died"; "Ukrainians themselves killed the civilians"). The goal is simple: to sow doubt and portray the truth as just one of a number of possible explanations. Manipulating public opinion using this method is easier in Russia than in the West, because in Russia, the Kremlin controls all of the major media outlets.