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 World War II monument vandalised on Danish island

A Russian monument to World War II soldiers on Danish island Bornholm has been painted on using the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Russian World War II monument vandalised on Danish island

The monument, an obelisk at the Russian cemetery in the town of Allinge on the Baltic Sea island, was partly painted over in blue and yellow paint on Sunday, local broadcaster TV2 Bornholm reports.

The paint was used to change a written tribute to fallen Russian soldiers on the monument to a message expressing support for Ukraine during the ongoing invasion by Russia, which began on February 24th this year.

The church in Allinge has reported the damage to the monument to police, according to the report.

The Russian cemetery on Bornholm is one of a small number of locations in Denmark at which Russia marks the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The Russian ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, customarily marks Russia’s Victory Day – May 9th – by laying a wreath at the cemetery.

Broadcaster DR reported on Monday that was unlikely to happen this year amid poor diplomatic relations between Russia and Denmark and local opposition on Bornholm to Barbin visiting the island in the context of the Russian war in Ukraine. The Russian embassy has not confirmed to DR whether the ambassador has cancelled plans to go to Bornholm.

While most of Denmark was liberated by the advance of British soldiers at the end of World War II, this was not the case on Bornholm, which is located 200 kilometres east of Copenhagen in the Baltic Sea and is closer to Poland than Denmark as the crow flies.

Soviet Soldiers arrived on Bornholm as the German occupation ended and remained until the following spring in 1946.

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