RT isn’t a great resource on the COVID mind disease. You will search its archives in vain for articles on key COVID subjects like its true infection fatality rate (ludicrously inflated by the cult), the potency of infection-acquired immunity (laughably denied by the cult), or the fact the first lockdown wave was accompanied by a huge, historic overabundance of spare beds (and not massively overburdened capacities as the cult claims).
On all such matters, RT is happy to give virus cult governments and their propaganda a free pass.
But one thing the RT will do is chronicle the very worse excesses of COVID policing…when these excesses take place in the West.
So RT is happy enough to tell you about the most insane policies instituted by the COVID cult in the West, but what when very similar stories take place in Russia? What happens when Russian cops drag a sobbing grandma from a bus for being unvaccinated, when Saint Petersburg city institutes a vaccine passport scheme without a negative test option, or when 64 of its 85 regions pass decrees confining unvaccinated over 65s to their homes and locking them out of society?
Well, when that happens RT remains utterly silent.
Of course, the word for that is hypocrisy.
If such stories are newsworthy when they take place in Australia then they are newsworthy when they take place in Russia.
In fact, as a new series of virus cult repression hits Russia the RT reports on it thus:
It accompanies the news with the obligatory scare photo of hospital patients and a hospital worker in a protective paper suit, and leads with the news of lucky Russians being generously gifted a week-long national holiday! Tens of millions of unvaccinated elderly are being confined to their homes and RT wants you to convince it’s a national holiday!
In fact, you can read the RT’s entire report on the new measures without finding out anything about the mass confinement of the elderly unvaccinated:
The RT only tells you that under federal guidelines the unvaccinated over 60s are to be sent home, but not that according to existing announcements by 64 of the 85 regions once they are home the unvaccinated elderly over 65 are only permitted to exit their homes to throw out the garbage, walk the dog, shop for groceries, exercise or seek medical attention.
I know for a fact that in RT ranks there is a great deal of identification with officials in Russia and in the West who are “only trying to get more people to vaccinate” and that getting Russia COVID stories past its editors is like trying to breach the Verdun front. To get a story in you’ll have to equip it with so much official and cult propaganda demanded by the editors as to make it book-length and a completely different story.
To make things all the more Orwellian, aside from the pro-government RT refusing to cover this, the western-run, pro-liberal Moscow Times isn’t hugely motivated to do it either. Simply because there is no demand for such stories in the West. If Putin was a DeSantis or a Lukashenko defying cult orthodoxies then The Moscow Times would be supplying the “Indifferent Anti-Vax Dictator Putin Killing His People” stories by the ton, but since Putin is apeing the West on its obedience to the virus cult The Moscow Times feels that if anything that puts him in a good light, and simply doesn’t see a story in any of it. (Albeit to be perfectly fair, unlike RT, The Moscow Times at least doesn’t go out of its way to cover this stuff up or sanitize it but dispassionately chronicles it as it happens.)
It’s a similar story with the exile, anti-Putin Meduza. Created by opposition liberals who by and large would be cracking down for the glory of the cult to an even greater degree they just can’t work themselves into too much of a fuss when Putin presides over the mass home arrest of tens of millions of abstaining and Communist-voting pensioners.
But hey, at least you can learn about Russia’s lockdown of the unvaccinated elderly from the international financial press:
Quite the accomplishment RT, to have a shittier and less sincere Russia coverage than Bloomberg.