ISW explained why Putin appeases Russian military correspondents

ISW explained why Putin appeases Russian military men

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended war bloggers from Russian Defense Ministry attacks on their independence, even as he ramps up harassment and censorship across Russia. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.

Analysts point out that Russian military bloggers are not only supporting the war in Ukraine, but are also becoming a group with a separate voice within Russia. Their actions are aimed at preparing ordinary Russians for a more serious and prolonged war.

Some of these bloggers hold official positions in the Kremlin. So, Putin has promoted some well-known bloggers with large followings in order to reach the nationalist audience they appeal to and, most importantly, to prevent this group from turning away from «Putinism».

< p>According to ISW, the Russian dictator is doubling down on support for independent blogger publications even as he steps up efforts to mobilize the Russian population for war. The two are almost certainly related.

«Bloggers continue to criticize Russian military action, and especially the Russian Defense Ministry, even as Putin defends and promotes it. Putin appears to have blocked the defense ministry's efforts to purge or otherwise control military correspondents. Putin is probably aware that the Kremlin and especially the ministry have lost the confidence of many Russians in the veracity of their statements… Will bloggers remain loyal to Putin if the RF Armed Forces continue to fail? How will Putin react if they don't? These questions may become important as Putin raises his demands on a population that does not want to become «cannon fodder» for an unsuccessful war», the report says.

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