Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine is well-oiled. That’s more or less what our media concludes from the ubiquitous lies diffusing from the Russian TV channels. When you work in communications, the operation of this machine seems even more menacing because it’s not only the final result that you see. You understand perfectly from this result the amount of people, resources and impact employed.
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