A quarter of Russians have stopped watching state TV because they are BORED of Putin’s war propaganda
- A survey by Rosmir polling centre found that only 65 per cent of Russians watch Russian state TV, down from 86 per cent at the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
- Russian state-run TV channels have spent months pumping out propaganda
- The TV presenters have threatened to wipe out any nation supporting Ukraine
A quarter of Russians have stopped watching state-run TV channels because they are bored of Vladimir Putin’s relentless pro-war propaganda, a new survey has revealed.
A survey by the independent Rosmir polling centre found that only 65 per cent of Russians watch Kremlin-run stations, down from 86 per cent at the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Moscow Times reported.
Russian state media TV channels – like Russia 1 and NT TV – have spent months pumping out pro-war propaganda and threatening to wipe out any nation supporting Ukraine with nuclear weapons – including the UK, US, France and Germany.
Among the most prominent state TV propogandists is Vladimir Solovyov, known as ‘Putin’s voice’, who has shamelessly accused Ukraine of staging atrocities to secure more military help from the west and threated to nuke European capitals.
But the relentless pro-war propaganda is boring ordinary Russians who are becoming more and more disillusioned with Putin’s war, with a quarter now switching to different channels.
Vladimir Solovyov, known as ‘Putin’s voice’, unashamedly said Ukrainians ‘do the same trick’ when they need additional military help – ‘they start screaming’
Opinion polls also show only 55 per cent of Russians are in favour of the invasion, compared to 66 per cent a few months ago.
Moscow restaurants numbers are now at a five-month low and the cinema sector has warned it will collapse without government support as sanctions continue to bite.
The Kremlin has relied on state-run Russian TV channels to spread disinformation to bolster Russia’s war in Ukraine.
On Saturday, state-run TV station Russia Today claimed Russian troops were ‘poisoned in a chemical attack in Ukraine’, prompting fears Moscow will seek to justify the use of chemical weapons in the country.
Kyiv hit back, suggesting the soldiers simply could have eaten contaminated meat.
In June, propogandist Solovyov shamelessly accused Ukraine of staging a bombing on a shopping mall to secure more military help from the West.
Solovyov unashamedly said Ukrainians ‘do the same trick’ when they need additional military help – ‘they start screaming’.
Solovyov claimed Kyiv had staged the attack on the shopping mall, alleging that a lack of cars at the shopping mall indicated it was almost empty at the time of the bombing
Smoke rises from the ruins of the Amstor shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, after it was struck by long-range guided missiles that Ukraine says were fired by Russian bombers
But in reality, it was a Russian missile strike on the crowded mall in central Ukraine that killed at least 18 people in what G7 leaders branded ‘a war crime’ at a meeting in Germany.
The Amstor shopping mall was blown up in June – during the mall’s busiest hours – while an estimated 1,000 people were inside by what Kyiv says was two Russian AS-4 guided missiles, Soviet-era weapons originally designed to take out US aircraft carriers.
But Solovyov shamelessly claimed that it was all a lie and Ukraine had staged the bombing and killed their own citizens.
In March, Putin signed a law imposing a jail term of up to 15 years for spreading intentionally ‘fake’ news about the Russian military or Putin’s invasion.
TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova (pictured right) stormed onto the set of Channel One in March, and could face up to 15 years in prison for her dissent under new draconian laws aimed at stifling any criticism of the war in Ukraine
In a rare sign of dissent, Russian state TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova stormed the set of Channel One – Russia’s most watched news show – in March with a poster saying: ‘They’re lying to you here’ and ‘Stop the War!’
She was arrested and charged under the law that Putin signed that penalises any statements against the Russian military – an offence that could land her in prison for 15 years.
Through this law, Putin has strong-armed independent media outlets into peddling Russian propaganda – referring to a ‘special military operation’ instead of a ‘war’ or ‘invasion’ while denying mass Russian casualties and war atrocities.