Saving Konev with Ricin Poison?

How the Pro-Government Media in Russia Explain the Crisis

2 June 2020

The pro-Kremlin media joke about reports of a Russian agent with poison who came to kill Czech politicians. They ironise Czech journalists, demand the publication of evidence, label reports about the Russian agent with ricin as “fake news” and almost openly suggest abducting the politicians as a legitimate solution, mentioning the example of Nazi criminals.

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the “war of memory” unleashed by Russia against some countries in Central and Eastern Europe did not come to halt.

After the Second World War, these countries were included in the Soviet block, but in the late 1980s, they were done with the communist regime and freely decided to become part of the Western integration project, joining the EU and NATO.

In all Central European countries that became part of the Soviet block after the Second World War, without exception, the interpretation today is that the end of the war in Europe and the defeat of Nazism did not bring them real freedom, but one “brown” undemocratic regime was replaced by another: a “red” one.

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Grigorij Mesežnikov

Grigorij Mesežnikov is a political scientist and the President of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in Slovakia. He has published expert studies on party systems’ development and political aspects of transformation in post-communist societies, illiberal and authoritarian tendencies, populism, nationalism and hybrid threats in various monographs, collections and scholarly journals in Slovakia and other countries.

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