WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:
PUTIN’S WAR ON TRUTH
Propaganda and Censorship in Russia
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Rayburn House Office Building
Since his full-scale military attack on Ukraine began on February 24, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has cracked down severely on Russia’s information landscape. In addition to blocking access to almost all social media outlets and international news sites and criminalizing speech that does not conform to the Kremlin narrative, Putin has deliberately and forcefully spread propaganda about the war and the Ukrainian state and people. By depriving the Russian people of access to credible information and controlling state-run media, Putin aims to drum up domestic support for his war of pure aggression on the peaceful, democratic citizens of Ukraine.
Witnesses will examine Putin’s propaganda tools and narratives as well as the rapidly shrinking options for Russians to access credible information, and will recommend options for the United States to help ensure that the people of Russia are not cut off from the truth.
The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:
- Fatima Tlis, Journalist, Voice of America
- Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow, Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins University
- Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian journalist and author, former host at Echo of Moscow radio