Julia Davis, M.S. is a Columnist for The Daily Beast, Washington Post Contributor and a featured expert with the Atlantic Council’s Disinformation Portal – an interactive online portal and guide to the Kremlin’s information war.
Julia is a Russian Media analyst, who specializes in exposing Russian propaganda tactics, with focus on the Kremlin’s hybrid warfare and foreign policy.
Having hosted a gathering of Neo-Nazis and fascists in St. Petersburg, Russia, Holiday Inn received a portrait of Adolf Hitler from outraged activists. Member of the group RPR-Parnassus Andrey Zaretsky commented: “In our opinion, this terrible dictator and murderer of millions of people personifies the administration of this hotel, since they not only allowed entry to self-proclaimed fascists, but also aided in the arrests of those who came to protest their actions. Moreover, in December, the administration of the same hotel actively helped to disrupt the conference of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, “Open Russia,” drowning out the sound with their loud music and sirens. In our organization’s opinion, this behavior is unacceptable. Our goal is to demonstrate to Russian society that the youth objects to the actions of people who allow the return of fascism. 70 years ago, our ancestors did not surrender the city to the Nazis. And we also won’t give it up!”
In an exhibition of absurdity, the Holiday Inn located in St. Petersburg, Russia hosted a far-right gathering - the Russian International Conservative Forum. The event’s participants included fascists, Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and proponents of white supremacy. This far-right bash was organized by Russian party ‘Rodina’ (‘Motherland’), which caucuses with Putin’s ‘United Russia’ party and was formerly led by Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. In 2005, Rodina was banned from the Moscow City Council elections for running a blatantly racist, anti-migrant campaign ad, featuring Rogozin and promising to “clean up the trash.”
Ukrainian citizen Roman Muzychenko, 37, died in the intensive care unit without regaining consciousness, after he had been violently beaten by a group of 21 Nazis in Moscow, Russia. The incident was recorded on surveillance cameras near the Silikatnaya subway station. Large group of individuals surrounded their unsuspecting target and started viciously beating him. Chilling footage shows passers-by calmly minding their own business and walking along, as a violent group of young men brutally pummeled Roman Muzychenko.
Russian propaganda keeps churning out brazen disinformation about current events in Russia, Ukraine and the West. Since Edward Snowden’s representatives are reportedly negotiating a deal that would allow him to return to the United States, Russian propagandists decided to use his name with a sinister motive. Putin’s regime is producing multiple conspiracy theories about the recent murder of Boris Nemtsov – Russia’s former Deputy Prime Minister and a prominent Russian opposition leader.
The most obvious motive is quite clear: Nemtsov was a prolific critic of Vladimir Putin, who compiled thorough reports and made public statements about the corruption of Putin’s kleptocracy. Nemtsov’s latest project was to expose the open secret of Russia’s troops covertly fighting in Ukraine. The Kremlin’s propaganda machine is explicitly avoiding any discussions about the real motives behind the long string of deaths of those who dared to criticize Russia’s autocratic leader. Instead, Russian propag…
Russian military regulars fighting in Ukraine is an open secret –a “secret de Polichinelle.” Putin’s ghost army is ravaging the Ukrainian countryside, while Russian officials continue to deny their presence in a neighboring country, brazenly lying to the world. Russia is quietly transporting its wounded soldiers,checking them into hospitals after-hours and omitting their names from the general registries. The dead of Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine are being buried in secret. Injured survivors are ordered not to admit where the said injuries occurred, at the risk of losing military benefits. Their families are also discouraged from speaking out.
Russian government labeled the non-profit group Soldiers' Mothers a “foreign agent,” after its chairman, Ella Polyakova (also a member of the Kremlin's human rights council) openly stated that Russian soldiers were fighting in Ukraine. Russia’s former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was gunned down near Kremlin walls, jus…