There are probably better ways of promoting a country's image abroad than running an ad campaign in English-language newspapers peddling the softer side of a man whose repressive policies led to the deaths of millions. Under the slogan "proud to be different," Russian state propaganda channel Russia Today (RT) has recently been running full-page ads featuring Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in a general's uniform, armed with a quill in hand. "Stalin wrote romantic poetry," the ad states. "Did you know that?"In English and Arab.... wonder who RT is reaching out too?
It's about as subtle a message as if German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle were to advertise with Hitler and the question: "Did you know that Adolf Hilter also painted?"
RT, which has about 700 employees and whose signal can be received in about 100 countries, went on the air in April 2005. The channel broadcasts in English and Arabic.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Russia Today: Stalin wrote romantic poetry. Did you know that?
From Der Spiegel Online: Using Stalin To Boost Russia Abroad