The US State Department, in its extensive study of the Russian propaganda messages, concluded that the anti-Semitic rhetoric often used by both top officials and Kremlin propagandists is not accidental. By substituting concepts, Russia is trying to distort the very concept of Nazism in this way. The President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine Boris Lozhkin wrote about this on his Facebook page.
“The idea of the so-called “denazification”, announced by Putin as one of the main reasons for the invasion of Ukraine, for the majority of the world immediately became unacceptable: The president of Ukraine is a Jew, 83% of the population have a positive attitude towards Jews, Jews fight at the front along with Ukrainians from the first days of the war and help the displaced people,” – according to Lozhkin, these facts alone would be enough to refute the Kremlin’s statements about rampant Nazism in Ukraine.
“This is, however, how the civilized world sees the situation,” continues the JCU President. - The messages of the Russian propaganda are aimed primarily at the domestic consumer”.
At the same time, in his opinion, Russian propaganda messages are no less dangerous for the rest of the world, as accusations of Nazism are simultaneously mixed with anti-Semitic statements.
As one example, the State Department report cites Lavrov's statement about Hitler's alleged Jewish roots. “According to his logic, the fact that Zelensky is a Jew does not mean the absence of Nazism in Ukraine,” writes Lozhkin.
According to the conclusion of the State Department, a conscious attempt to substitute concepts is obvious in such manipulations.
“Russia is trying to completely change the very idea of Nazism, the basis of which 80 years ago was precisely anti-Semitism. Now russia wants to call Russophobia as Nazism,” shared Lozhkin the conclusions of the State Department.