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Russia Update: March 20, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
PR Firm Tells AFP 'I'm A Russian Occupant' Video Was Ordered By 'People Close To Ruling Party'
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Anais Llobet reports today for AFP that a Russian PR firm has told her that the widely disseminated 'I'm a Russian Occupant' video was produced on the orders of "people close to the ruling party."

Yury Degtyarev, artistic director of a PR firm named My Duck's Vision, told AFP that his company had produced the fiercely nationalistic video as propaganda for the state.

The video had previously been attributed to one Evgeny Yurov, the supposed owner of the YouTube account onto which the video was first uploaded.

However when My Duck's Vision, whose video productions closely resemble those attributed to Yurov, were contacted, the company admitted that he did not exist.

From Llobet's report:

"We have been producing Russian propaganda on YouTube for over five years but this is one of our major successes," artistic director Yury Degtyarev tells AFP of the "Russian Occupier" clip when tracked down. The video, he adds, had been ordered "by people close to the ruling party".

"Ah yes, it's true, this does destroy the myth of the young patriot willing to do anything for Russia," he laughs over the revelation.


"This is the new weapon of Russian propaganda. And it always works better when the propaganda seems spontaneous," said Degtyarev.


-- Pierre Vaux