Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–4/25/2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin superimposed into a Russian Flag. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

This is part of an ongoing series where I review some of the ads purchased by the Russians. In doing so I hope we can get a better understanding of what they were trying to do, and how to recognize it the next time we’re faced with propaganda.

If you want to follow along, the ads can all be downloaded here. All of today’s ads can be found in the 2016-q3/2016-07 folder.

Let’s end July 2016 with some memes. Mainly because they’re an interesting look at American culture through Russian eyes. However, it’s also because I lost the notebook where I was keeping track of which ads I’d used. That’s not a big deal because I started a new notebook for that month, and it’ll be easy enough to go through the ads to add them up for the totals tomorrow. I can’t figure out how I can lose something when I haven’t even left the house for six weeks. Then again, during those six weeks I lost a pork tenderloin inside the refrigerator, so there is that. Anyway, I apologize in advance if these ads were already used.

As we learned before, the Russians love the Spongebob Squarepants cartoon. P(1)0003864:

The memes did dip into the political, as shown in p(1)0003966:

P(1)0003936 is a little adorable, I must admit:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and stay well, and if anyone finds a yellow spiral notebook, please let me know.

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