“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
— Queen Gertrude, Hamlet, Act III, Scene 2
Vladimir Frolov, a Kremlin stooge we’ve exposed multiple times in the past, has spewed forth yet another wildly dishonest bit of propaganda in the pages of the Moscow Times, this time in regard to Russian aggression in Georgia. The pathetically desperate manner in which the Kremlin’s flunkies have jumped on this very minor vein of reporting, simply because it isn’t 100% pro-Georgia, is the best possible indication of just how very weak Russia’s position really is. There’s simply no excuse for the MT’s editors to have allowed so many gross misstatements to appear on their pages, and the only explanation we can think of is that they are using Frolov as a way of appeasing the Kremlin, in the hope of avoiding the axe as long as possible. That is shameful, and a betrayal of everything the MT has stood for. We condemn it. Here is the full text, with our running commentary in boldface.
A day after he sent Russian forces into South Ossetia to repel the Georgian army, President Dmitry Medvedev responded to mounting Western criticism by saying the truth was on Russia’s side and that, eventually, it would become apparent to the whole world. That day has finally come, and Russia is vindicated. Its story has not changed and is holding up, while Saakashvili’s version is collapsing. Medvedev’s credibility is rising.
LIE #1: Russia’s “story” was that Georgian forces killed 2,000 civilians in Ossetia and that they razed a city to the ground. Both claims were false.
LIE #2: No opinion polls in the West show that Medvedev’s crediblity is rising. No nation in the West has suggested it will consider recognizing Ossetia or Abkhazia.