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In previous articles at this site, there has been some discussion of ‘psyops’ (psychological operations) in its ‘civilian’ form (pioneered by Edward Bernays based on his uncle Sigmund Freud’s principles) euphemistically renamed ‘public relations’ or, the corporate form of applying propaganda to the consumer; little different to intelligence agencies targeting populations of hostile states with disinformation. [1], [2]

Each approach, whether ‘civilian’ or military, seeks to manipulate a populace away from their self interest (even survival) to the benefit of the propaganda’s perpetrators. Having seen the greed of Western corporate oligarchs operating within a psyops driven media system essentially ‘legalizing’ what could amount to state sponsored murder with impunity, or shortly restated; propaganda enhanced perversion of law employing a ‘state of emergency’ to authorize use of unstudied, experimental drugs and vaccines on an unsuspecting populace while suppressing a known to be safe, proven to be effective and inexpensive drug, ivermectin, to treat covid, now it’s time to study (shortly) the Russian propaganda machine and open a philosophical question for (perhaps) future discussion; what is the Russian state coping mechanism as put forward in media, and as importantly, why do the Russians apply the method one sees in the Russian propaganda outlets Sputnik & RT?

For those who’ve studied the Western propaganda method, it is clear the Edward Bernays’ ideal has triumphed on behalf of corporate boardrooms. In short, ‘public relations’ (media) is suborned to the sole benefit of the capital/corporate model. Western intelligence has become heavily invested in preserving what the USA calls its ‘vital national interests’, a euphemism for Western corporate control of the world’s resources and markets. All of this plays in the model envisioned by Bernays (pervasive lying to the public while incorporating principles of psychology), refined and applied to the modern media with a robust assist from the USA’s Central Intelligence (to which the NATO and European states intelligence agencies are historically/practically feudal vassals.)

Russian propaganda, on the other hand, recognizes the Western media model is so corrupt, the Russians need only more or less stick to the facts when reporting to the Western audience, to convince intelligent people their news platform is the superior model and ‘go to’ source to discover what is actually happening. Where the story might have ‘inconveniences’ that must be dealt with, ‘lies by omission’ (of certain facts) is a convenient practice as opposed to the outrageous lies more often put forward in Western media.

But then, there is a Russian propaganda method initiating what I call ‘the flip’ where the Russian propaganda skews things along (somewhat goes along with) the Western story-line; to neutralize or even co-opt the method employed by the Western intelligence (modified Bernays) model. In this case, when the Russians run with a Western propaganda lie, in order to ‘flip’ it, it usually is a ‘whopper’ (a really big lie.)

A contemporary example of this would be the Russians allowing the patently fraudulent Dutch Buk missile story (in the MH 17 show trial) to gain traction at Sputnik & RT because the Russians have solid evidence that particular missile was in the possession of Ukraine when MH 17 was downed. That the Ukrainians (independently of the MH 17 downing) exploded that particular missile to create false evidence and blame Russia is not a media war with the West the Russians are interested in. The Russian propaganda approach (flip) is ‘if you want to claim that particular missile brought down MH 17, fine, we have the original Soviet era paperwork showing Ukraine possessed it’, never mind all parties (intelligence agencies) know it was a Ukrainian Air Force SU 25 combat jet brought down the civilian passenger plane. [3]

In this case (at the expense of moral justice for the victims), casus belli is avoided; the NATO propaganda trap of drawing Russia into war with Ukraine is negated but the Russian domestic audience is deceived is a part of the price. Drunk and/or incompetent Ukrainian military can be blamed for what amounts to an ‘unintentional downing’ of the civilian liner (incompetently in turn blamed on Russia in the so-called MH 17 ‘trial’, a kangaroo court) in media whereas the deliberate shooting down of the plane by the recently upgraded Ukrainian Air Force SU 25 could not be excused in the propaganda of geopolitics (or perhaps more importantly, the Russian domestic audience.) MH 17 is evidence prima facie that political expediency drives Russian propaganda. The significant difference is, the Russian model is more often defensive whereas the Western model is almost exclusively offensive (aggressive.)

Whether this immediate preceding justifies the Russian propaganda lies is a straw man argument in relation to the effect lying will have on the sentient awareness of the larger social psychology of the Russian populace; for the fact both models are corrupt. The one cannot excuse the other. Endorsement and application of avenue to a lesser evil nevertheless constitutes an avenue to evil. Any expediency embracing the lesser evil does not resolve the greater evil, the greater evil is not contained over long term, but ‘reboots’ again and again.

“RT is now a global, round-the-clock news network of eight TV channels, broadcasting news, current affairs, and documentaries, with digital platforms in six languages and sister news agency RUPTLY. Round-the-clock news channels in English, Arabic, Spanish, and documentary channel RT Doc, in English and Russian, broadcast from Moscow, while RT America airs from Washington, RT UK from London, and RT France from Paris. Today, RT is available in more than 100 countries spanning five continents”

Note [my] bold in the screenshot caption; RT does NOT broadcast in Russian language except in the extremely limited case of documentary films. What is it this large omission conceals from the Russian language community? Exposure to the Russian state side’s international propaganda in the information wars. Why?

The reasons could be manifold; but there are two instance that should stand out.

1) In a more general sense, RT panders to the Western liberal audience, anathema to the more conservative Russian body politic and Orthodox voter; essentially it should be embarrassing at best, and alienating at worst, were were the average Russian to be aware of much of the material touted as ‘injustice’ by the Russian state in its presentations to the West of controversies concerning Western social/cultural issues. Example given would be what the more conservative personality would take to be [in your face] ‘gay evangelism’ (e.g. LGBT ‘pride’ parades pushing homosexuality in a community’s face & legislation enforcing LGBT be taught in schools) is not presented in a balanced light conducive to protecting traditional (conservative) values, rather the focus is on the (e.g. neo-nazi) extremes of violence unleashed on these people with tepid (at best) defense of the traditional values deserving a more positive light. This phenomenal aspect of the Russian propaganda machine is necessary to attract and keep media personalities on the farther reaches of the Western liberal left and attract a Western liberal fan-base for purpose of anti-Western propaganda (which is not always a bad thing, when assessing the deceits of the Western model.)

2) In this context there is little reason to believe Covid 19 would not be subject to the intelligence agency driven propaganda wars between the Western democracies and Russia. But it is more complex than this. In some respects the Russian covid propaganda ‘flip’ at times resembles an inferiority complex in competition with Western European culture for appearance sake (medical technology/covid vaccine) and what cannot be overlooked is Russian big pharma moves to benefit from the ‘instant gratification’ of domestic propaganda efforts. [4], [5]

This approach depends on lies by omission, a trap-prone approach replete with hazards, in this case:

Falling Into the Trap of the West’s Straw Man Propaganda

Russia is (at this point) heavily invested in ‘flipping’ the West’s covid propaganda; as it touts the (oligarch enriching) Sputnik V vaccine. In the geopolitical world of vaccine propaganda, there are concealed ‘lesser evil’ taints in regards to what is safer, more effective or more widely available to poorer or otherwise disadvantaged populations and nation-states. The Chinese employed the ‘classic’ dead virus method in creation of their vaccine, the safest and most responsible vaccine route, the Russians employ Adenovirus method that has some track record in combating disease in humans, whereas the Western states are massively killing people (driving the pandemic) with big pharma greed driven EUA (emergency use authorizations) experimental mRNA technology that causes the virus to mutate and adapt. [6], [7]

What is the Difference Between the mRNA and Adenovirus Vaccines?

The key difference between mRNA and adenovirus vaccine is that mRNA vaccines usually consist of a copy of mRNA with a protective chemical shell, while adenovirus vaccine consists of a harmless virus that encodes the virus spike protein. mRNA vaccine is a vaccine against infectious diseases such as influenza virus, Zika virus, rabies virus, Covid 19 and as well as cancer. Adenovirus vaccine is a vaccine mainly against respiratory diseases. It also acts against HIV, Ebola virus, Influenza virus, Covid 19, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Plasmodium falciparum. Moreover, mRNA vaccine is directly injected into a muscle, whereas adenovirus is given orally. In addition, mRNA vaccines are easier to create than antigen proteins or attenuated virus. The speed of design and production of mRNA vaccines are higher than adenovirus vaccines.

The below infographic represents the difference between mRNA and adenovirus vaccine.

Difference Between mRNA and Adenovirus Vaccine in Tabular Form

Summary – mRNA vs Adenovirus Vaccine

mRNA vaccine is a type of vaccine that uses a copy of mRNA to produce an adaptive immune response. mRNA is complementary to one of the DNA strands of a gene. Here, mRNA vaccine introduces mRNA encoding disease-specific antigens and stimulates the protein synthesis of the host cells to produce antigens. This produces an immune response. Adenovirus vaccines are orally administered capsules that contain live viruses. It mainly acts against adenovirus infections. Adenovirus is a double-stranded DNA virus, and it is species-specific, thus consisting of various serotypes for a variety of species. The capsule of adenovirus is usually coated so that the virus passes through the stomach, causing an infection in the intestines. This stimulates an immune response. Thus, this is the summary of the difference between mRNA and adenovirus vaccine. end quote [8]

Note on the immediate preceding would be (among other things in what amounts to a Western propaganda wars piece, keep reading) this ‘explanation’ neglects to mention it is ‘synthetic’ (lab manipulated-inserted) mRNA utilized in the EUA (experimental) mRNA vaccines. Both vaccines are a form of gene therapy, however the Russian adenovirus vaccines have some background/history of use in medicine for human disease, whereas prior to covid, the mRNA technique appears to have been explored in research, primarily animal research, a Western propaganda ‘lie by omission’ in the article.

By this time, the Russian state is so heavily invested in the covid propaganda ‘flip’ where the immediate takeaways (instant gratification) of making their product appear to be superior (it probably is, although likely not so safe as the Chinese ‘classic’ dead virus technique), together with proselytizing the availability of Sputnik V to disadvantaged nation-states & populations (because in fact the Western democracies HAVE been selfish with distributing their own mRNA vaccines, the deadly irony of this should not be lost on the reader), they’re in too deep to escape the inconvenience of this vaccine geopolitical propaganda war is a straw-man trap; for the fact the covid pandemic could be ended in a few months with simple instruction to the world’s physicians to treat “symptomatic covid” (only) as little more than a common flu that needs a prescription of Ivermectin, and the complex gene therapy vaccines should be altogether unnecessary.

In the vaccine propaganda war from the Russian side, it cannot now be admitted by the Russian propaganda bosses it has been discovered NATURAL immunity (in the unvaccinated/asymptomatic/recovered) is the best overall defense against covid. The Russian state is trapped and cannot employ information that, if it were acted upon, should bless the Russian populace with health & security, and be devastating to the West’s criminal leadership via exposing the liberal democracies corrupt (murderous, actually) domestic mRNA vaccine propaganda efforts. [9]

Essentially, the Russian state has now, with an ever-growing propaganda ‘lie by omission’, become trapped & complicit in what may turn out to be the greatest crime against humanity in the annals of Western civilization.

Russian intelligence should certainly know this and Russians at the top of the political leadership, at least some of them, have to have known these facts for quite some time. How do you admit to the world that you’ve played into the liberal democracies dirty game when your ‘flip’ follows the avenue to a lesser evil that morphs into a greater evil (Russian big pharma & associated industries profits) nevertheless? You can’t. And certainly you cannot admit this to your own people, the political cost is too high. Prior to covid, even on those occasions I couldn’t agree with him, I thought Putin was a remarkable leader. Now, I’m not positively convinced of Putin’s leadership at all. Russian big pharma & ‘friends’ (via Russian propaganda game bosses) would appear to own him. [10]

At the end of the day, leadership in time of crisis cannot usurp the sovereignty of any national psyche (trust/faith based consent of the governed) with lies and a ‘what they don’t know, won’t hurt them’ (lies by omission) rationale and expect fortuitous outcomes over long term. Setting aside the the external targets of the propaganda machines altogether, it becomes a matter of what the domestic audience consumes will determine the fate of any regime. From the monarchies beholden to the Church at Rome to Goebbels to the Bernays model governing for the Biden-Harris regime to Putin’s propaganda bosses, it should become clear to any ‘gifted student of history’ (one who does not suffer the myopia of ethno-centric bias) in position of leadership, that one cannot lie to ones’ own people and ultimately expect positive outcomes. Western civilization hasn’t seen this honest ethic for a very long time. [11], [12]

Five Top Russian ‘propaganda flips’

Covid 19


Death of Bin Ladin

MH 17

Julian Assange


Special Note: Growing Indisputable Evidence; Uttar Pradesh, India. 200 Million People. Down to 17 New Covid Cases daily. 14 Straight Weeks of Downward Trend in Covid Infections. Just Over 400 Total Active Infections. What’s the Other Story Here? Ivermectin is Responsible


[1] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2021/04/01/transcendent-corruption-corona-virus-part-one/

[2] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2021/04/10/transcendent-corruption-corona-virus-part-two/

[3] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/07/19/black-boxes-dark-arts-geopolitics/

[4] http://johnhelmer.net/money-fever-loss-of-taste-more-smell-who-earned-super-profits-in-russia-from-the-corona-virus/

[5] http://johnhelmer.net/moscow-sings-where-are-my-antibodies-nationwide-protest-vote-looms-for-september-that-includes-refusing-to-vote-at-all/

[6] https://baexpats.org/threads/covid-19-vaccine-development-pipeline-gears-up.42671/page-75

[7] https://www.geertvandenbossche.org/post/c-19-pandemia-quo-vadis-homo-sapiens

[8] https://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-mrna-and-adenovirus-vaccine/

[9] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2020/12/02/covid-19/

[10] see links at [4] & [5]

[11] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/04/16/raphaels-paradox/

[12] https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2019/03/09/leadership-in-time-of-crisis/


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A former Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence for Special Forces, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald had lived over thirty years in close association with Blackfeet Indians (those who still speak their language), and is published in international law as a layman: The Right of Self- Determination of Peoples and It’s Application to Indigenous People in The USA or The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole. Ronald has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

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