The U.S. State Department has a Russian-language Twitter account, @UkrProgress, that earnestly promotes the White House stance on the Ukraine crisis.
It even holds weekly Q&As under the portentous hashtag #HourOfTruth (#ЧасПравды). This is a mockup of Russia’s plan to possibly invade Ukraine and maybe even “restore the Soviet empire.”
At its best, it’s been imperfect. Pro-Kremlin tweeters have mocked it for its frequent spelling errors and occasional mistakes, like this tweet mistaking a Photoshopped parody of Russian TV for the real thing.
“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) has already established democratic rule in 1/3 of Iraq.”
This one says ISIS is a “reliable investor” after it “increased production and created thousands of new jobs” at oil refineries it seized in bloody battles.
“Russian propaganda claims this is ISIS fighters executing a suspected Iraqi spy. Actually, it’s Salafist democrats pushing the crowd back away from a Shia Muslim at prayer.”
“Russian propaganda calls ISIS a ‘terrorist group.’ Then why are activists from all over the world taking part in the Islamic State’s protest, including from Japan?”
This one echoes State Department comments in support of Ukrainian protesters. “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria only uses peaceful methods of struggle: protests, demonstrations, and solo pickets.”
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