This news item was destroyed during the attack on our website the weekend of 5-6 March 2022. We are republishing it.

After the European Union ban of the Russian Sputnik Agency and RT channels meted out to sanction Russia, Moscow did not respond symmetrically by banning a European news agency and television, but by closing down Moscow’s Radio Echo (pictured) and TV Dozhd, two Russian media partially funded from abroad. However, unlike the European Union, Moscow invokes a legal motive rather than a political one.

Both channels had transmitted false information, reporting of “incalculable” Russian losses in Ukraine and alleging that many recruits had lost their lives. However, as Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov recently announced, the total of Russian casualties amounts to 498 killed in action and 1,597 wounded. No recruit or trainee took part in this special military operation. The accusations made by Radio Echo of Moscow and TV Dozhd add up to propaganda aimed at undermining the morale of the Russian people.

It is now no longer possible to consult official Russian websites from the European Union, professedly because of anonymous hackers, but it is still possible to consult official European websites from Russia.

The propaganda is in full swing. Thus we were able to witness President Volodymyr Zelensky celebrate as national heroes the soldiers of Serpents’ Island supposedly massacred by the Russians, only to see them turn up alive, after their surrender to the Russian army.