Refusing to discuss something that is being already widely discussed in social media is the position of an ostrich with its head in the sand, Essence of Time movement leader Sergey Kurginyan stated during the “Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” show on Russia-1 TV Channel on the night of April 3rd to the 4th.
Kurginyan expressed his bewilderment over state TV channels refusing to discuss and analyze the low-brow anti-Medvedev movie by Alexei Navalny. The argument “not to draw attention to the opposition” does not work in the era of the social media. Information, which is not being discussed by the official mass media gets on the Internet, where the most insignificant event will be blown out of proportion thus heating tensions of protest.
“It is just like an ostrich burying its head in the sand: if I do not inform, there will be nothing. And there are the social media all around, this madness, all these orgies. And this event [the movie by Alexei Navalny – Editor], which isn’t worth a damn thing, – its value has been already talked up to billions of dollars,” Kurginyan said.
The politician stressed that information suppression tactics were among the reasons leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union. “Your reasoning is similar to that of the Soviet committeemen, who lost the Soviet Union in this exact same way,” he said to one of his opponents. “This is how they lost it: “We won’t discuss anything, we won’t do anything.”
On April 3rd, a terrorist attack occurred in the St. Petersburg metro during Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko in Strelna. On March 26th, the protest against corruption organized by Navalny’s supporters, took place all over the country, including St. Petersburg. The film “He Is Not Dimon to You”, which allegedly exposes Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s corruption, became a pretext for these protests. During the entire following week, there were calls over social media urging people to attend unauthorized protest rallies on April 2nd.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency