The transformation of Russian war propaganda indicates that this is no longer about winning in Ukraine, which is–it would seem–no longer a viable goal. The Russians aren’t seeing any real victories on the ground, even as they barrage Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. The newly emerging war propaganda has been tweaked rather significantly to make this about Russia itself, and the entire structure of the country. The general Russian population is largely fine with this because they seek to avoid politics and geopolitics altogether, seeking refuge in their own carefully constructed realities.
One of the new forms of propaganda relates to… house-cleaning. Cleaning house, in this case, means getting rid of anyone who could rock the boat. It started with a major purge of the energy sector. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we’ve seen more than a handful of oligarchs die under mysterious circumstances. At least 8 Russian oligarchs of a potentially anti-war disposition died in mysterious circumstances between February and mid-September this year.
Now things will play out beyond the energy sector, wherever 'traitors' may be able to cause trouble for a restructuring of the country and its wartime economy. Thus, the war is not about Ukraine, it’s a springboard for a purge in Russia. Putin himself has talked of “purification”, and everyone’s buying it.
Two days ago, we saw signs that…