Moscow | Arrested rival Alexei Navalny on Thursday called on Western tech giants to open an “information front” through advertising campaigns aimed at reaching out to Russians.
“I urge the President of the United States, Boris Johnson, the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen, and Mark Zuckerberg (…) to urgently find a solution to stifle Putin’s propaganda using social media opportunities,” he wrote. On Twitter.
“We need publicity. Lots of publicity, ”he added.
Critics of recent surveys have shown that support for President Putin has increased since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, calling it a “lie.”
“Really crazy propaganda combination … 24/7 on all channels, shutdown, blocking independent media and websites is slowly doing its job,” he wrote, “the fact is that most Russian citizens have a completely distorted idea of what is going on in Ukraine.”
Russian authorities have blocked the majority of Twitter, Instagram and the independent media since the attack in Ukraine.
Russian officials have stepped up their pressure to control communication over the conflict in Russia and their legal arsenal, threatening to impose up to 15 years in prison for spreading “false information” about the Russian military.
Telecom Constable Roskomnadzor recently banned Google from announcing its services in Russia after YouTube accused it of spreading “false information” about Russian forces.