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Thus the regime has systematically launched a massive anti-American propaganda campaign at home along the lines outlined by Markov. For example, Vladimir Shlapentokh charges that an essential component of the Kremlin’s ideological campaign to maintain the Putin regime in power and extend it (albeit under new leadership) past the elections of 2008 is anti-Americanism.
The core of the Kremlin’s ideological strategy is to convince the public that any revolution in Russia will be sponsored by the United States. Putin is presented as a bulwark of Russian patriotism, as the single leader able to confront America’s intervention in Russian domestic life and protect what is left of the imperial heritage. This propaganda is addressed mostly to the elites particularly elites in the military and FSB) who sizzle with hatred and envy of America.
Originally posted by jtma508
I don't think this is as much to do with Putin being anti-American (I'm sure he is) ...
Originally posted by jtma508 ... countering US moves in his neighborhood. We are aggressively at work in the region trying to cement deals that will allow us to have better control on the energy supply. Putin doesn't want that (who would?) and is putting his foot down so to speak.