Nordic media offers Russian news to counter Kremlin propaganda

Three top Nordic newspapers said on Thursday they would translate their news on the Ukraine war into Russian in a bid to reach the Russian public and counter Kremlin propaganda.

Nordic media offers Russian news to counter Kremlin propaganda
Denmark's Politiken newspaper changed the branding on its website into Cyrillic script on Thursday to alert readers to its Russian-language content. Photo: Richard Orange

“Our aim is to give Russians impartial and reliable news,” the editors-in-chief of Denmark’s Politiken, Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter and Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat wrote in a joint column.

“Ukraine’s tragedy cannot be communicated to the Russian public through propaganda channels”, they wrote, criticising Moscow for ordering the closure last week of Russia’s “last independent TV and radio broadcasters, Dozhd TV and Ekho Moskvy”.

Numerous international media outlets have suspended their reporting in Russia since the introduction of draconian new rules making it illegal to call the military action an “invasion” or disseminate “fake” news about it.

Access to social media site Facebook has also been blocked in Russia, a sign experts have interpreted as the Kremlin trying to quash any dissent over the Ukraine conflict.

“Russian mothers need to know that their sons have been sent into the unknown, that innocent civilians have been killed and wounded, that millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their own country, and that millions of Ukrainian children have had their childhoods destroyed,” the editors-in-chief wrote.

The Kremlin has presented the invasion of Ukraine as a limited “military operation” aimed at protecting Russian-speaking Ukrainians from a “genocide”.

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Russian warship violates Danish waters

A Russian corvette twice violated Denmark's territorial waters in the Baltic Sea on Friday, the Danish armed forces said.

Russian warship violates Danish waters
The Russian vessel first crossed into the Danish waters north of the island of Christianso, south of Sweden, at 1230 am GMT.
“A few hours later, the same corvette crossed into Danish waters again, also north of Christianso,” the Danish military said in a statement.
“Following a call on civilian VHF radio from the Navy’s maritime operations unit, the Russian ship immediately left Danish territorial waters,” it added. The military said it had “nothing further to add”.
Denmark’s foreign ministry later said it had been in talks with the Russian ambassador, and noted that the incursion occurred after a Russian military spy plane violated its airspace in late March.
“Russia is again ignoring the international rule book by not respecting borders. It has been communicated in very clear terms to the Russian ambassador that this kind of action is completely unacceptable,” foreign
minister Jeppe Kofod said in a separate statement.

“A deeply irresponsible, gross and completely unacceptable Russian provocation in the middle of #fmdk,” Kofod added on Twitter, referring to the democracy festival, Folkemødet.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, as well as several members of her cabinet and opposition leaders are currently attending the four-day festival discussing climate, defence policy and other matters.
Denmark is a member of NATO and has sent both anti-tank launchers and an anti-ship missile system to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February.
Christianso is located some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.