The Kremlin has prepared new manuals on how state media and systemic politicians should report on the war in Ukraine. Meduza got acquainted with the text.
It is necessary to draw parallels between the war in Ukraine, the baptism of Russia and the Battle of the Neva, according to two manuals prepared in July by the Presidential Administration (AP) of the Russian Federation.
The invasion of Ukraine in them is explained by the actions of the “collective West”, which has been attacking Russia for almost a thousand years in order to divide it and seize the resources of the country, as well as to destroy Orthodoxy.
“Baptism became the basis for the strengthening and unity of the Russian state for hundreds of years to come. Today, representatives of all the peoples of Russia have once again rallied in opposition to the atheists and the defense of traditional values and the right of their children to live in accordance with them, ”says one of the manuals.
The Kremlin proposes to call the Ukrainian military such "godless". Propagandists should tell that the Armed Forces of Ukraine "commit ritual murders", and also use women and children as "human shields".
The text then asserts that, like the christening of Rus, the war in Ukraine lays the “state foundations” of the country—as well as “the foundations of Russia’s development for centuries to come.”
But, as noted in the text, the “collective West” must be blamed for the outbreak of the war, which is confident in “its own exclusivity”, as well as the “inferiority” of the Orthodox, and aims to destroy Russia.
“The conflict in Ukraine was provoked by the hands of Western countries, which transferred weapons to Ukraine. Ukraine was supposed to become a springboard for an attack on Russia. The strategic goal of the collective West has not changed in relation to Russia for several centuries – it is the containment, weakening, dismemberment and complete destruction of Russia.
Even more analogies are found in the Kremlin between the war in Ukraine and the Battle of Neva. According to the Kremlin, at various times the "collective West" was: the Teutonic Order, Sweden, the Commonwealth, Napoleon's empire, the Third Reich and NATO.
All of them wanted to turn against Russia "the peoples living near its borders." However, according to the training manual, all Western attacks end the same way: "The society unites around the national leader and, demonstrating courage and heroism on the battlefield, repels the invaders." The Kremlin “recommends” the pro-government media and systemic politicians to note that this allegedly happened both after the victory in the Battle of the Neva and after the start of the war in Ukraine (although there is no reliable data on this).
The Kremlin notes that the West wants to destroy Russia in order to seize the necessary resources and minerals. It is noted that the Western consumer society requires a lot of resources that the West ran out of several centuries ago.
“The leadership of Russia and personally Vladimir Putin did not allow an attack on Russia. It was decided to start a special military operation, which made it possible to avoid a repetition of June 22, 1941 with the invasion of Nazi troops into the territory of Russia, ”the Kremlin manual says.
Meduza has already found several publications that use theses from manuals. So, the text of "Gazeta.ru" is entitled "The Baptism of Russia and a special operation in Ukraine: what is in common?". A similar text appeared on the FederalPress website. And Regnum wrote about the similarities between the Battle of the Neva and the "special operation".