- - Sunday, December 13, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article “Lithuanian foreign minister says Russian propaganda fills void from West” (Web, Dec. 8) quotes Linas Linkevicius as saying that spending more on media aimed at Eastern Europe will make the content more believable to Russian speakers in the region. On the one hand, he is right, as “the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard” (Ecclesiastes 9-16). On the other, even being a rich, monopolistic broadcaster isn’t a panacea.

In the days of the Soviet Union, Soviet leaders kept averring in our then-media that Polish officers had been massacred at Katyn by the Nazis. Even the worst gobemouche among us didn’t trust them; we all trusted American radio. Recently Vladimir Putin admitted that this had been done by our NKVD. In contrast, the U.S. Department of State averred it did not know who had pushed the button launching a Buk missle at Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine in October.

We trust Mr. Putin, not the State Department. Mr. Linkevicius is right in saying that we are capable enough to get clear messages. We are, indeed. Both true and false messages, both ours and yours.

MERGEN MONGUSH

Moscow



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