A relentless wall of anti-Russian propaganda

This is another one. This is AFP reporting on the Kuril islands. The Kuril islands, off Russia’s far eastern shore with the southernmost of them close to Japan, are disputed between Japan and Russia.

The position of Russia is that the islands were ceded to Russia as part of the peace treaties at the end of WWII. [1] They certainly have a strong case which is argued from international treaties. [2]

Nonetheless the Western propaganda writers at AFP prefer:

Soviet troops seized the islands just after Japan surrendered in World War II. [2] (AFP)

It isn’t just AFP. This appears to the the organised narrative. Here is the

Kick-off for the next anti-Russia media campaign

So. To spoil and detract from the Sochi Olympics the Western press ran spoiler after spoiler about Russia’s “anti-gay” laws. There aren’t any. But that didn’t stop them. (There is a law about propagandising non traditional relations to minors which is punishable by a small fine).

Now that the run-up to the 2018 football World Cup is getting under way the Western press is trying to decide what their spoiler is going to be this time. The obvious one is to link Russia to the US-led criminal probe into FIFA. Another one is “racism”. Russian football apparently has a problem with racism. E.g. black players get racially abused from the terraces. Well; to anyone who knows anything about English football that will sound familiar. But that won’t stop them using the issue to demonise Russia.

This video report by some lubricious Sky reporter is a case in point. He manages to allude to the FIFA corruption angle. How could he help himself? There is no discussion of problems with racism in Russian football in the piece. No reports. Nothing. (Except one reporter manages to shout out a question about “racism” to the back of the the FIFA President). This