The ‘Bolshevik threat’ to US media continues
After weeks of threatening and harassing members of the media, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host a major mass media event on December 6, 2018.
The Kremlin is due to host its annual media festival on the eve of the festival’s opening, but it is unclear whether the event will be held at the Kremlin itself or at the sprawling Kremlin Palace in central Moscow, the venue where the Russian President once held his annual press conference.
A senior Russian official said on Friday that the Kremlin would hold a news conference on December 5 to unveil its plans to host the event.
The event would take place at the former palace, a grand palace complex in the heart of Moscow, said Alexei Kolesnikov, a deputy head of the Kremlin’s main media committee.
The Russian media has been under attack from both sides of the political spectrum in recent years, with opposition figures accusing Putin of waging a “propaganda war” against the press and the state media of being a part of the “New Cold War” that he says he is waging to restore Russia’s image.
The “new Cold War”, as the Kremlin refers to the global struggle over the fate of the Russian Federation, has been exacerbated by the US’ election-year pivot towards a pro-Russia stance.
Putin has previously said that the media was a “subversive element” of the American state.
But in a December 2016 speech in the Kremlin, Putin said that “our main enemy in the world is the American propaganda machine”.
“The US media is our main enemy,” he said.
“It is the main agent of aggression against our country, against Russia.
It is an enemy that is using the US as a weapon to destabilise the world.”
He has also said the media’s aim was to destroy Russia’s position in the global arena.
The United States has repeatedly denied interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.
The US has also accused Russia of hacking the Democratic National Committee and other institutions in the run-up to the election to undermine the US election process and sow doubts about the legitimacy of the election.
On Thursday, a senior Russian security official said US intelligence agencies had confirmed that Russian intelligence had hacked the Democratic Party’s computer network.