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Senator compares campaign around Ukrainian pilot Savchenko with Goebbelsian propaganda

January 28, 2015, 19:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Head of committee for international affairs of the upper house of Russian parliament compared the pilot Savchenko story to the principle of "correct" presentation of information by Joseph Goebbels
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Konstantin Kosachev

Konstantin Kosachev

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MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. Head of committee for international affairs of the upper house of Russian parliament, Konstantin Kosachev said on Wednesday he was astonished by the calls to set free the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was arrested in Russia on charges of assisting the murders of Russian reporters in Ukraine.

He compared the fanning of a noisy campaign around her with the Goebbelsian propaganda methods.

Kosachev said in his blog at the official website of the Federation Council, the upper house, he was bewildered by media reports on a draft resolution submitted to the US Congress that would call on Moscow to set the controversial military woman free.

"All of this well-coordinated international activity around Savchenko is unfolding in line with a cleverly crafted plan," Kosachev said. "It's not the personality of the 'courageous victim' that matters in reality. Were it not Nadezhda Savchenko, it would be someone else."

He compared the Savchenko story to the principle of "correct" presentation of information by the Third Reich's Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda with Joseph Goebbels at the helm. This postulation said that information was perceived much better when it was tied to concrete human images.

All the periods to the pilot Savchenko's story should be put by court, Kosachev believes. "That's the way it happens in all the democratic countries."

"The guilt of the suspect and her involvement in the crimes committed (in Ukraine) against Russian journalists should be established properly," he said. "The attempts to affect the course of justice might only aggravate the situation further."

"But frankly speaking I can't rule out that aggravation is precisely the main purpose of this campaign and its authors are not interested in the destiny of a concrete individual because they could help the investigation rather than put pressure on it otherwise," he said. "Still the Savchenko story would add one more garish picture to the image of a totalitarian Russia that confines innocent young foreign women (who happen to be member of parliament of PACE delegates simultaneously) to its torture chambers."

The two Russian journalists, in whose murder Savchenko is a suspected accomplice, died near Luhansk last July.

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