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  • The translation of that order is amazing.

    To heavily paraphrase and summarise:

    "I'm really worried that the videos of the Ukrainians treating PoWs with respect and care combined with the extremely low morale in the Russian Army will lead to mass defections or surrenders. Please make some videos showing how brutal the Ukrainian military is towards PoWs to that they won't be as happy to surrender. K thanks bai"

    This kind of shit worked in the late 90s and early 00s. Not working in 2022!

  • Problem is that the Russian media sphere is under near total control. So unlikely the public and by extension the soldiers will know any better.
    Really grim if you think about it. Will lead to real atrocities in revenge likely.

  • Problem is that the Russian media sphere is under near total control. So unlikely the public and by extension the soldiers will know any better.

    This definitely applies to people who only consume Russian media.

    The thing is, a lot of younger Russians started to use VPNs to access outside news more than a decade ago. Almost all of my Russian friends and colleagues do and say that others do anyway. Its not quite the media blackout curtain it used to be...

  • Problem is that the Russian media sphere is under near total control. So unlikely the public and by extension the soldiers will know any better.

    Just stumbled across this quote from an article on the explosion of popularity of VPNs in Russia in the last few weeks. VPN downloads up over 4,000%

    “In the 10 days between February 24 and March 5, the top 10 VPN apps on the App Store and on Google Play saw more than 4,600,000 new downloads (from Russia). And our estimates are very conservative here.”

    Edit: The top 10 VPN providers are reporting Russian traffic increases of between 650% and 10,000%

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