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One thing about censorship, it does make winning the information war easier:

Four days after Russia began dropping artillery shells on Kyiv, Misha Katsiurin, a Ukrainian restaurateur, was wondering why his father, a church custodian living in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, hadn’t called to check on him.

“There is a war, I’m his son, and he just doesn’t call,” Mr. Katsiurin, who is 33, said in an interview. So, Mr. Katsiurin picked up the phone and let his father know that Ukraine was under attack by Russia.

“I’m trying to evacuate my children and my wife — everything is extremely scary,” Mr. Katsiurin told him.

He did not get the response he expected. His father, Andrei, didn’t believe him.

“No, no, no, no stop,” Mr. Katsiurin said of his father’s initial response.

“He started to tell me how the things in my country are going,” said Mr. Katsiurin, who converted his restaurants into volunteer centers and is temporarily staying near the western Ukrainian city of Ternopil. “He started to yell at me and told me, ‘Look, everything is going like this. They are Nazis.’”

As Ukrainians deal with the devastation of the Russian attacks in their homeland, many are also encountering a confounding and almost surreal backlash from family members in Russia, who refuse to believe that Russian soldiers could bomb innocent people, or even that a war is taking place at all.

It should also be pretty instructive that Putin’s most prominent propaganda strategy is not to defend the invasion but to deny that an invasion is happening at all.

Alas, the western front has been much less auspicious:

I suspect a substantial percentage of the idiotic Fox News talking points the MMA guy packed into 2 minutes came from directly from Glem’s appearances on the nation’s most popular white nationalist cable news hour, where they can pretend to believe that Vladimir Putin is opposed to neo-Nazism.

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