Natalia Sindeeva, who founded the independent Dozhd TV – which shut down after the invasion – said she was pessimistic that the majority of the public could be reached with the truth about Putin’s invasion
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Most Russians believe Vladimir Putin’s lies about the brutal invasion of Ukraine, the boss of a banned TV channel has warned.
Since the Kremlin unleashed the senseless bloodshed in February, Putin and his cronies have cracked down on dissident media.
Despite large protests being held across the country, participants risk arrest and draconian prison sentences as the government tries to shield Russians from the truth.
In recent days, chilling details have emerged about alleged Russian war crimes, including murder, torture, rape and attacks on civilians.
Natalia Sindeeva, who founded the independent Dozhd TV – which shut down after the invasion – said she was pessimistic that the majority of the public could be reached.
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she said The Independent that most Russians see “propaganda” and say: “They have completely opposite footage, they think it’s Ukrainians bombing Mariupol, they think Ukrainians killed people in Bucha.”
Ms. Sindeeva said that truth-telling media does not have access to a wider audience.
She explained: “We cannot reach them and to be honest they have no demand for independent information.
“It’s a majority of people – they support the war, they support Putin, they make it easier for him.”
She estimates that only 20 percent of the population has access to information about what is really happening in Ukraine.
Last month, Putin’s regime introduced new censorship laws that punish those who break the line with up to 15 years in prison.
It has had a chilling effect in the Russian media, as the public is now bombarded with unquestioning coverage of what lying officials are branding as a “special military operation.”
Propaganda stations falsely repeat the false claim that Russia is ridding Ukraine of Nazis.
Censorship has meant that some journalists have been forced to flee the country rather than repeat the Kremlin’s narrative.
Liliya Gildeyeva, 45, was a leading presenter of Gazprom-Media’s NTV channel for over 15 years and had previously been praised by the Russian President.
She said she fled the country before handing in her resignation letter.
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Ms. Gildeyeva told blogger Ilya Varlamov: “First I left, I was afraid that they would not let me go, then I wrote my resignation letter.”
It was the latest example of a journalist stepping out of line even as the Kremlin tightened its grip on state media to limit the information available to citizens.
News editor Marina Ovsyannikova, who works for the state broadcaster Channel One, stormed onto the set of a live broadcast last night and shouted: “Stop the war. No to war.”
She waved a sign that read, “Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.”
Ms Ovsyannikova released a statement that she was ashamed to work for the channel that spreads “Kremlin propaganda” and said the war was a crime.
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