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SEPTEMBER 2020

UK Outlet Introduces Teens To “Most Dangerous Man In The World” – Vladimir Putin

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UK Outlet Introduces Teens To "Most Dangerous Man In The World" - Vladimir Putin

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The Day is a UK outlet, founded by a team of established journalists and directed at teens.

It has articles that present world events, with captions, questions for revision, a section for readers to “decide” their own opinion and to express it. There is even a section called “Become an expert” with articles from MSM and YouTube videos for teens to educate themselves further on a topic.

On July 22nd, the outlet published an article that’s “not biased at all” titled “Putin – the most dangerous man in the world.”

“Can Putin be stopped? The ruthless Russian president is guilty of outrageous criminal conduct both at home and overseas. And, today, his Kremlin power base looks more secure than ever.”

The article is written in a very simple, interesting manner, with metaphors and comparisons and established “evil Overlord” Russian President Vladimir Putin as the Bond villain that he’s always (allegedly) been.

The article presents Crimea becoming part of Russia as entirely unilateral, and that a referendum not even being mentioned.

It simply says that Russia downed MH-17, and that Putin supports the “bloody regime of Bashar al-Assad, who slaughters innocent people with barrel bombs and chemical weapons.”

It mentions that Putin and his GRU agents meddled in the 2016 Presidential elections in the US, as well as that he “may” have meddled in the 2019 UK General Election.

The article has a word watch, familiarizing young readers with terms such as:

  • Cronies – Close friends or supporters. The term derives from a slang name for university.
  • Sabre-rattling – The display or threat of military force.
  • Oligarchs – People who are part of a small group holding power in a state. Aristotle coined the term “oligarch”. Like aristocracy, oligarchy means rule by the few, as contrasted with democracy, which is rule by the people. Oligarchs aren’t exclusive to Russia.
  • GRU – Russia’s foreign military intelligence service, the equivalent of Britain’s MI6. [Clearly, much worse than MI6, because GRU activities keep getting allegedly caught without evidence]
  • Annexed – Forcibly acquired another state’s territory, which is generally considered illegal. [Somehow forgot to mention Israel]
  • President for life – Putin has just made an amendment to Russia’s constitution, removing the limit on the number of times he can serve as president. [Presented in a non-biased way that all but says that there is no way for anybody else would be elected, similarly to how Chinese President Xi Jinping was voted President for Life]

Then, when teens are done reading the article, it’s time for some reflection, with two very non-biased question:

  1. Would you rather live in a strong country with a wicked leader or a weak country with a virtuous one?
  2. Should Russia be expelled from the United Nations?

Not at all suggestive.

Then, to turn it into a joke entirely, there’s activities suggested:

“Putin loves to be photographed taking part in sports like hunting and deep-sea diving. Do a collage of him playing hopscotch.”

But the second suggested activity is even more interesting:

“Before he became a politician, Putin was a KGB agent in East Germany. On two sides of a piece of paper, write a story about meeting him then.”

In conclusion, it paves the way for some more rampant speculation, hysteria and also follows the established narrative that US foreign policy “plays into the hands of Russia.”

What do we know?

Most agree that the US’s recent foreign policy has played into Putin’s hands. Its reluctance to engage in another overseas war left the door open for Putin to befriend President Assad and greatly increase Russia’s influence in the Middle East; Egypt too has gravitated towards Russia. By supporting the Kurds’ bid for independence, the US pushed Turkey into Putin’s arms. In Afghanistan, Trump allowed Putin to get away with offering the Taliban a bounty for attacking US forces.

What do we not know?

Whether Putin has a coherent plan for furthering Russia’s interests. Some experts believe that he is basically an opportunist who likes to make trouble for his enemies whenever he gets a chance. According to the Russian journalist Andrei Soldatov, “When you are trained by the KGB, it means you see the world in terms of threats […]; you do not have strategy, you rely on tactics. Because you don’t know what the next threat might be, you only respond.

In overview, the article is incredibly speculative, presents assumptions as facts, and disregards many of the opposing facts or claims that are openly available to anybody who decides to look. The “Become an Expert” section contains only biased MSM reports and YouTube videos who present only one side of the argument and/or situation.

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