How the Guardian does propaganda

This is a small example. In a story about some remarks President Putin of Russia has made about Lenin and the way that the Soviet Union managed ethnic boundaries we have this:

As an example of Lenin’s destructive legacy, Putin pointed to Donbass, the industrial region in eastern Ukraine where a pro-Russia separatist rebellion flared up weeks after Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Time for a reality correction:

i. Russia’s ‘annexation of Crimea’ was preceded by a popular vote in the territory which voted overwhelmingly to return to Russia. The Western press tried to disparage this referendum – but it seemed the worst they could accuse the Crimean authorities of doing was using purple ink on the ballot papers.


Author: justinwyllie

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