Russia wants to show Ukraine as autocracy
The key line of attack on Ukraine will be the same as it is in the Kremlin's attack on Moldova
In both cases, the FSB will demonstrate to the world that authoritarian regimes are in power. The main goal is to demonstrate to voters in democratic countries that a large dictatorship is fighting against small autocratic regimes. Therefore, they say, not everything is so clear-cut.
The Kremlin's super-mission of this information campaign is not to fight Good against Evil, but to clarify the relationship between authoritarian regimes.
Maia Sandu's team has already taken a number of administrative steps that were perceived very ambiguously in the West. In particular, the withdrawal from the local elections of one of the Kremlin's agents in Moldova, which was removed from the ballot two days before the elections by the decision of the Emergency Situations Commission.
“Unfortunately, more and more Ukraine is beginning to resemble a not-so-democratic country for Western elites. And this is a consequence of the cumulative effect of administrative decisions by a number of government institutions.”
In both Moldova and Ukraine, the actions of the authorities create the right background for the Kremlin's IPSO campaigns.
Therefore, I would recommend thinking about the consequences of the decisions and how they will be used in the process of shaping public sentiment in Western countries.
With the parliament having expired and the president's term ending in the spring, can you imagine how the Russians will present Ukraine in the West?
Especially with all this state propaganda, oppression of the opposition and persecution of dissidents…
I haven't had any emotional attitude towards the political class for a long time. Consider it a professional deformation.
“I don't care about the settling of relations between some people and others. But I see how it harms the state. And I understand well how this will be used by the enemy to reduce support for Ukraine.”
It's time to come to your senses…
In order to access Western aid, we have to go out of our way to demonstrate to the West that we are on the same side of the front in the global confrontation between the global Good, which stands for democracy, the rule of law, and human rights and freedoms, and the autocratic Axis of Evil, which stands for the right of force, considers only those who dictate their own will, believes that the end justifies the means, and perceives people as a resource.
Every step that can be interpreted as a manifestation of the practice of autocratic values will be communicated by the Kremlin to the Western world as our belonging to their value paradigm, and thus will distance us from supporting democratic countries.
About the author. Ruslan Rokhov, Member of the Board of the Center for Constitutional Modeling.
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