I want to understand whether the element of the “information war” is taken into account when discussing “war crimes”.Is the probability in society that the information and double standards presented, assessing the situation with Ukraine. Russian open sources.Are they blocked in the West? Do you see in the news the difference between the bombing in the GASA sector in Palestine and Ukraine? Has anyone seen messages from military journalists from the Russian side?

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    Russian sources are available but 1) in Russian so not easy for most people in the West to read. and 2) not considered trustworthy (for many reasons - which I shall not debate) However your question seems to be mostly aimed at promoting your beliefs rather than a genuine query. Please edit or it is likely to be closed. Please explain how you know that "nobody uses Russian [] sources" I see Russian sources cited all the time on the BBC
    – James K
    Nov 22, 2023 at 22:54
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    Yes, Kyiv's relatively good state of repair definitely is because of the beneficence of our dear leader Putin, and has nothing to do with Russia fighting against hundreds of thousands of professional soldiers with modern tanks and planes in a mid-sized country, versus Israel fighting against 20,000-odd guerrillas with homemade rocket launchers in an area half the size of the city of Kyiv alone.
    – Obie 2.0
    Nov 22, 2023 at 23:03
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    No worries, just like in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, we get those lovely media monitors too youtube.com/@russianmediamonitor I could say that I never watched more Russian TV than in the past year. Nov 22, 2023 at 23:44
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    @Fizz I found the fantasies about Sarmat/Poseidon drone strikes on the UK very informative myself. Prime time stuff, no less. youtube.com/watch?v=7SnTkc0r6gk Nov 22, 2023 at 23:51
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    Unfortunately, Deepl is very unusually translating this conversation.This was not there before.Loses entire sentences and keywords.Several times rebuilds the meaning of the sentences to change the opposite.It tires.I was hoping for the best style of translation.Thank you for the dialogue. Nov 23, 2023 at 0:56

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Which sites are blocked? Here are the screenshots of the top Russian sites that are available as of today (TASS, RIA Novosti and Moskovkiy Komsomolets). I also can read these and other Russian news on Twitter/X (e.g., Sputnik) and Telegram (e.g., Rybar').


West baselessly accusing Russia, North Korea of military-technical cooperation — diplomat - Russian Politics & Diplomacy - TASS


Карта боевых действий на Украине сейчас: военная спецоперация на сегодня


WSJ: Берлину придется выбирать между собственной экономикой и Киевом - МК


Sputnik (@SputnikInt) / X


Telegram app: Rybar'

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    RT is blocked in Europe. But that makes little difference. It was more like Fox News, with a lot editorializing and few pure news. Nov 22, 2023 at 23:35

First, they are not necessarily blocked, unlike your claims.

Russian Actress Killed While Performing in Occupied Donetsk - The Moscow Times

The death of Polina Menshikh, 40, was confirmed to the state-run TASS news agency by regional officials and in a VKontakte post by a St. Petersburg theater.

ISW, which inspires a lot of mainstream Western coverage of Ukraine, frequently uses Russia sources Taking some examples, Nov 21's coverage

Russian sources claimed that elements of the Chechen “Akhmat” Spetsnaz forces are operating in the forest area near Kreminna and elsewhere in the Lyman direction.

Russian sources have recently alleged that Armenia is planning to provide Ukraine with missiles and missile launchers, and Armenian MoD Spokesperson Aram Torosyan officially denied these claims on November 21

Russian sources have also recently alleged that France supplied Armenia with ACMAT Bastion armored personnel carriers, which Ukraine had rejected due to the vehicles’ deficiencies.

Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on November 21.

A Russian milblogger claimed that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully attacked near the Serebryanske forest area (10km southwest of Kreminna), where another Russian milblogger claimed there are ongoing local engagements.[49]


Second, military journalists from the Russian side are not really free journalists, are they? Considering all the laws against discrediting the Russian military that are on the books, it seems to me a Russian journalist operating in Russia can only present "certain viewpoints".

Making their publications a lot less informative.

But no less lucrative.

Since the start of the full-scale invasion in February 2022, pro-war influencers have gained millions of followers on Telegram, the social media platform many Russians turned to after President Vladimir Putin banned Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

That explosion in users has led to a surge in Telegram's advertising market.

War influencers have taken advantage of this. They sell ad spaces for companies looking to reach their young audiences.

Western journalists, since you want to drag Gaza into this, have few restrictions on covering the suffering of Palestinians (or 10/7 Israeli victims). If only the same could be said of Russian journalists...

I've quoted TASS myself on occasion. Granted, not necessarily to promote Russian viewpoints.

ST. PETERSBURG, April 1. /TASS/. Mora than 200 orphan children from Donbass may be adopted into families in Russia in the near future, Russian children’s rights ombudswoman Maria Lvova-Belova said on Friday.


The information that one of the shells has the depleted uranium core was confirmed to TASS by military expert, Editor-in-Chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland journal Viktor Murakhovsky. "It has the alloy of the depleted uranium and tungsten," he said, adding that the open sources mentioned it as "the Material B."

The use of depleted uranium ammunition does not violate any international treaties, the expert said.

"The West" generally only blocks extremist sites like ISIS beheading videos.

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    Unfortunately, you did not bring Russian sources.Only Western. Moscow Times is now a Dutch company, and I was not interested in the profits of this company, because this does not determine the reliability of the information. Then I will ask your opinion - applause data in honor of the former Nazi in the parliament of Canada, is it also propaganda of the Kremlin? Nov 22, 2023 at 23:42
  • No. We have a sizable proportion of Ukrainians in Canada. Guy was a Nazi, but no one bothered to check before inviting him in. Now, you can all get all outraged if you want. But I will raise you a Dugin. twitter.com/TobyVenables/status/1497916322469928960 Or you know, the dude from Wagner. Utkin. Know how he got that "Wagner" call sign? You telling me no one bothered to check about those 2? Nov 22, 2023 at 23:45
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    and... Moscow Times may not be a Russian source. But they were quoting Tass in my citation. Did you miss that? Nov 22, 2023 at 23:50
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    @АртемийВишногор The Twitter url used to have a long list of pretty clear imagery for Dugin. Now it's just the top post. No matter: here's another Looks to me Russia doesn't have many lessons to give wrt Nazi-lovers. Nov 23, 2023 at 0:06
  • "Western journalists, since you want to drag Gaza into this, have few restrictions on covering the suffering of Palestinians" I'd correct that with "European journalists". From what I read on the news, the number of US citizens losing their jobs for publicly espousing pro-Palestine views is quickly approaching the number of civilian casualties in Gaza.
    – Rekesoft
    Nov 23, 2023 at 8:26

No, they are not and cannot be blocked. Any attempt to block them would be likely illegal.

It is fairly common for "right-wing" personalities to quote Russian "Telegram" posts in their Twitter posts. There is also at least one left-wing YouTube channel (that I know of) dedicated to posting translated excerpts from the Russian propaganda shows (Solovyov, 60 minutes, etc.).

Many of the personalities appearing on those shows are under personal sanctions by the State Department, but those sanctions do not extend to the programming they produce. It would be impossible to do that legally. The sanctions extend to their personal property in the US and their ability to travel. Solovyov has claimed that he is not sanctioned by the State Department and that maybe true because he has children who are US citizens by birth (which may complicate legality of sanctioning his property).

The impression that there is a large difference in the perception between the Russian public and the "Western" public may come precisely from the fact that so few voices critical of Russia are heard in Russian.

The United States has no government media.

While many well-educated people in Russia have access to the "Western" media by the virtue of speaking another language, the Overtone Window is still narrowly controlled by the Russian state media. And most people may find themselves simply unable to maintain any kind of normalcy in their social circles if their criticism of their country becomes too out of step with what's socially acceptable.

And given Russia's propensity for killing and imprisoning journalists who don't tout the government's line, the perception is likely heavily skewed towards the government agenda.

  • Not gov't action like in the EU, but RT America was kicked out by the cable companies, before it ceased operating on its own. Nov 24, 2023 at 8:23
  • @Fizz cable comapnies' content cannot be regulated as long as it's distributed by privately-owned wires (cables). That's not blocking.
    – wrod
    Nov 25, 2023 at 0:11

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