Georg Orwells "Sqealer" resurrected from "Animal Farm"?
Ivan Rodionov enjoys in the Ruptly offices in Berlin's Postdamer Platz. During recent appearances on two popular German talk shows, Rodionov disputed allegations that Russian soldiers had infiltrated Crimea prior to the controversial referendum and its annexation by Russia, though Putin later confirmed it.
He claims it it the gibberish of the "radical right-wing views" of the Kiev government. The threat comes not from the east, he claims, but from the western politicians.
"Western politicians," he says, "are either helping directly or are at least looking on."
It may not be instantly clear that Ruptly is actually echoing Putin on TV. Naturally generous space is alotted to his master in Moscow: Putin speeches are numerous, and long to boot. But it is mixed with more neutral and even opposing material, giving it at least the air if a real news service.
When it comes to eastern Ukraina however, the pipes get a different tune altogether. The so called pro-Russian supporters of the "People's Republic of Donetsk," generally gets the Putin voice-over, with no inkling of journalistic work visible at all.
To most informed people it is clear that Putins revamped "Sovietsky" solution, those that support Mowcos are nearly all to be found among the neo-nazis of a diverse Europe.
One look at the 9th May parates on Red Square past the remarkably silent corpse of Lenin shows a copycat attitude to Hitlers parades preceeding the 1936 Nazi Olympic Games. Goose-stepping included.
That is why you will also find ample air-time devoted to
Britain's extreme right Nick Griffin or German far-right extremist Olaf Rose, an ideologist with the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD).
The effort to sow hatred towards the European Union and its Ukraine policies are laughably transparent.
Rodionov defends President Vladimir Putin so vehemently that one might wonder just how close the relationship actually IS.
But Rodionov views himself as a journalist, though none of his efforts merit him a place among real journalists, like the ones systematically killed in Russia for decades.
Click here for the list of jounalists killed in the search of transparency and truth the last 20-odd yeas. It is not even a complete list and only covers non-war scenarios. This list is unlike any other in the world to our knowledge.
The 49-year-old's video news agency Ruptly was founded just one year ago and financed by the Russian government. The timing might look like a mere coincidense but very little happens by chance in Putins Russia.
Situated vis-à-vis the Reichstag itself, it is a posh location indeed and the Kremlin doesn't seem to mind spending quite a bit of money to spread its words into an uncritical public from these three floors in a modern high-rise tower of glass. Around 110 people from Spain, Britain, Russia and even from Poland work day and night producing videos that are then syndicated to the international media at cut-throat prices.
The most important instruments being deployed by Moscow are the Internet, newspapers and television, including alleged journalists and pundits dispatched around the world to propagate the Kremlin position.
"We're in the middle of a relentless propaganda war," says Andrew Weiss, vice president of studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an influential Washington think tank.
Kremlin expresses satisfaction when talking about Moscow's information policies.
"We may have won the war in Georgia in 2008, but we lost the propaganda battle against America and the West by a mile," says one. "Thanks to RT and the Internet, though, we are now closing the gap."
Whereas Ruptly establishes itself as an alternative to Reuters and the Associated Press providing video footage and the owners RT has already successfully established itself in the nine years since its creation, surpassing even CNN when it comes to clips viewed on YouTube only beaten by the BBC in terms of viewings on YouTube with close to 1.2 billion views. In Britain, RT has more viewers than the Europe-wide news station Euronews and in some major US cities (!) the channel is the most-viewed of all foreign broadcasters. RT's 2,500 employees report and broadcast in Russian, English, Spanish and Arabic with German to be added soon.