The political bloc of the presidential administration (AP) of the Russian Federation has prepared a manual for state and pro-government media on how exactly to sum up the results of 2022. All recommendations in the document are traditionally divided into four blocks: “Main”, “Strengthening Russia”, “SVO” (as the Russian authorities call the war with Ukraine) and “New World Order”. This is reported by the Meduza publication, which received such a manual.
In the “Highlights” section, the authors “recommend” once again to emphasize that Vladimir Putin, having sent troops to Ukraine, “made the only right decision, preventing the impending attack by Ukraine and NATO on the territory of Russia.” The training manual says that Western countries have been preparing for an attack on Russia since 2014 and were going to “divide and conquer the Russian people.”
The authors of the text call the “special operation” “successful”, and as confirmation of this they talk about “Russia’s protection of millions of Russian people, the return of Russian lands and the strengthening of national security.”
At the same time, the authors do not mention that Moscow does not fully control any of the four annexed regions – and also lost Kherson, the only Ukrainian regional center captured by the Russian army after February 24.
The compilers of the manual note that the Russian army “successfully achieves the goal of the NVO to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.” They advise confirming this idea with the help of official data, which is regularly published by the RF Ministry of Defense.
However, propagandists are immediately “recommended” to make a reservation that Russia is fighting not with Ukraine, but with NATO – “the most powerful military machine in the history of mankind”, which nevertheless “did not break the Russian army.”
At the same time, the authors offer propagandists another thesis: “The West is providing less and less equipment and means to Ukraine” – but they do not explain how to deal with the fact that it contradicts everything else.
Finally, in the “Strengthening Russia” block, the compilers of the text “recommend” that the emphasis be placed on “cohesion of society.” For example, Putin’s high official rating (according to VTsIOM, he is trusted by 78.5% of respondents) they directly link to “Russians’ unconditional support for the special operation.” At the same time, even closed Kremlin polls confirm that the Russians are tired of the war and want peace talks with Ukraine.
In the “New World Order” section, the Presidential Administration officials call Russia the “leader of countries” that “do not recognize the exclusivity of the West” and “the leader of a just, democratic and multipolar world.” The Kremlin manual says: Putin is giving “Europe a chance to come to its senses and regain its subjectivity and future.” Now the European countries are “vassals” and “periphery” of the United States, and they have a future only “in close cooperation with Russia.”