Russia paid $500 million for propaganda to “non-profit” organizations – Ukrainian intelligence

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During 2023, the aggressor state Russia spent 58 billion rubles or about 0.5 billion dollars on creating propaganda by so-called “non-profit” organizations. This was reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense (GUR MO) of Ukraine, FREEDOM reports.

Ukrainian intelligence noted that we are talking about structures not formally associated with the aggressor state, which position themselves as “autonomous”, but in fact, at the request of the Kremlin, they produce so-called “patriotic content” for distribution on the Internet: blogs, news, films , TV series, video games and the like.

“These organizations were obliged to spend billions of dollars in budgets allocated by Moscow on internal propaganda with the aim of: forming public opinion loyal to the Putin regime; justifications for Russian aggression against Ukraine; influencing the consciousness of Russian military personnel by glorifying their participation in the war,” the Main Intelligence Directorate said in a statement.

The GUR noted that an increase in spending on hidden propaganda for domestic audiences may indicate both a decrease in the level of trust in the official traditional media of the aggressor state, and an attempt by the Putin dictatorship to take control of the Internet environment in Russia.

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Let us remind you that France will propose to the European Union to impose sanctions against Russian companies that spread disinformation, said French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejournet.