He literally screams….
Roman the Russian — from a position of REAL KNOWLEDGE not speculation about Russian pop music, life and culture. Roman strips bare the windy trash and almost pornographic pro-war propaganda coming from the Kremlin sausage machine. This is a must watch.
Exactly 1 year ago Russia began it’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. Of course, such a big date as the 1 year anniversary had to be celebrated by the Russian propaganda in one way or the other. And Z propaganda truly outdid itself: with Putin giving a huge address to the country and also a big “patriotic” Z concert in Moscow. Complete with corny sellout artists such as SHAMAN and other creators of Russian propaganda music, as well as patriotic hot takes on history of Russia, the Soviet Union and the world. What was the Russian propaganda concert all about and what is Russia like at 1 year into full-on conflict? Let’s talk about it.
Daniil and the 1420 vlog team
On Facebook my friend Rosemary commented on this next vlog post:
So sad to think that faces needed blurring, clothes needed disguising and voices needed distorting for interviewees to answer frankly and honestly the question of what they think of Putin. It is so potentially risky and fraught with dangerous consequences. These young vloggers continue to give their followers an amazing insight into the brutal reality, the impact of the war on lives, thoughts and hopes. Others have shown the beauty, the culture, the history of country that most knew so little about. Some have provided a more philosophical analysis or detailed commentary in a political context. However, the greatest fear I have is for those like Daniil and Denis who continue to take risks.
It will not come as a surprise that my next blog post will probably be about these latest vlog posts. As for Daniil we really don’t know for sure where he is. He can edit and publish anywhere so long as he has his laptop, recording equipment and internet access. He has said himself he lives in hotels and constantly moves. I see he now attributes his interviewers at the end by giving their initials. That is new. Denis I really feel for as we have in fact really communicated several times now. I found his vlog also because Daniil recommended it several times! And even the exiles like Roman and Konstantin and perhaps especially Zack are taking risks, not only with their future prospects in Russia but they are not beyond all risk of danger even in the present.
A vox pop vlog from Ukraine
Dima — Russian in exile
What The Economist tells us
Good reputation, this site…