The Russian Invasion and the Anti-Ukrainian Left

A Central Eastern European perspective on the Western Left’s discourse surrounding the invasion

3 March 2022

Filip Konopczyński

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Over last week, some prominent voices on the English-speaking Left have taken the (narrative) side of the oppressors.

When the Russian army moved forward with Putin’s plan of invading Ukraine, the international public, in most part, reacted by showing signs of solidarity and support with the Ukrainians. As this trend took over major social media platforms, it became ever more clear that unlike on the battlegrounds around Kyiv, Mariupol or Kharkiv, in the digital sphere, it’s Ukrainians who are outnumbering its attackers. 

This marked an undeniable failure of Kremlin propaganda meticulously constructed over the last decades. So far, Putin’s investments in the propaganda and information warfare branches of his imperialistic enterprise were proven futile. For now, at least, Russian troll farms, pro-Kremlin media or influencers fail to convince the Western general public to embrace Putin’s official justification for the war. 

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Filip Konopczyński

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Co-founder of Kalecki Foundation, an independent think tank devoted to sustainable economic and environmental development. He is a social researcher and market analyst as well as a publicist and commentator.

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