How Russian Propaganda Portrays European Leaders
The Kremlin uses its propaganda machine to support European leaders which are favourable to Russian policy, and undermine those leaders who oppose it. In this study by the European Values think tank and Semantic Visions, over 59 million web-based articles were analysed to build up a comprehensive picture of how nine key European leaders are viewed.
The authors concluded that "the Kremlin disinformation campaign works very hard to portray the European leaders accordingly to their inclination to support Russia. The more favourable those personalities are to Vladimir Putin's regime, the stronger voice in the international community they have according to the Russian-speaking outlets."