ABSURD: Crash Course for 12 Year Old Czechs to ‘Resist Russian Propaganda’!

Meanwhile, the Russian point of view is nowhere to be found in local MSM

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Europeans no longer know what to believe, as any statement that differs from those in the mainstream media is immediately labelled Russian propaganda. Even the statement: "The first person who flew into space, was Yuri Gagarin" or  “the first person, who walked in space, was Alexei Leonov”, will be taken for Russian propaganda - unless it turns out to have Ukrainian roots.

The Czech Republic is even teaching high school students (12-19 years old)  how to spot and resist Russian propaganda.

<figcaption>Puppet dog Filya - The symbol of Russian miitarism</figcaption>
Puppet dog Filya - The symbol of Russian miitarism

A draft directive and training course was spawned by a prominent NGO “Man in Need” (Clovék v tísní). As part of a project titled "One World in Schools”, the program slated for 600 schools in Bohemia and Moravia defines Russian propaganda, its purpose and  tools, in five lectures corresponding to the modern issues it supposedly tackles. Each lecture includes a video or a fragment of a broadcast or movie, texts, learning objectives and a list of the basic concepts associated with them.

The project was presented to the public in central Prague with a debate among well-known Czech journalists and public relations specialists about "The Modern Russian Propaganda Machine”. But when someone asked whether Russian propaganda had really penetrated the Czech media, one of the participants had to admit that pro-Russian views were actually absent.

Part of the discussion was devoted to the ideology behind Russian propaganda. According to the former Czech dissident Jan Urban, themes are developed by a group of "fascist" ideologues, members of the "inner circle" of Vladimir Putin, led by ‘Vladimir Dugin’, and communicated in a Friday press briefing in the Kremlin.

No one mentioned that these briefings, which are only attended by state media, have taken place since 1996, when Yeltsin was elected president. Or that Dugin’s name is Alexander, and Putin had hardly ever seen him in person.

The program ended with the final, crushing example of Russian propaganda: an episode from the TV series "Good night, kids" in which the puppet dog Filya proudly serves alongside Russian border guards.

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