Americans accused Russians of attacking their computers during the presidential campaign. What should we think of the "democratic" push, initiated by YouTube in Russia, in recent weeks? Why did MP Vitaly Milonov propose to ban social networks after the anti-government demonstrations, which have thrown much of Russian youth into the streets? There is something destabilizing Russia right now.
Serafim Orekhanov, of the Carnegie Foundation, complains complacently that many students and recent graduates have participated in these protests because they watched, on YouTube, a film denouncing involvement of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Corruption scandals. The film garnered over 15 million views on YouTube, more than any content produced by non-government media, more than the daily audience of Channel One, the nation's biggest channel.
Meanwhile, YouTube had opportunely changed the algorithm filtering videos, in favor of longer, more political videos.
The opening sequence of the film, which targeted a young audience, made the film popular, reaching millions of people who were not interested in the demonstrations. These events were initiated on YouTube. The awkward response of the government, the detentions of demonstrators and total silence on state television were indignant. New videos were then launched on YouTube and Vkontakte, seen by millions of people.
The system of state education has tried, in a classical way, to reason, to put pressure on the students. He only managed to radicalize them. The Russian authorities had to order the schools to immediately cease all these obsolete initiatives of civic "re-education".
Nikolay Sobolev, the founder of the Russian YouTube channel, recorded a video supporting the protesters which reached 2 million views. A few days later, he was invited to participate in one of the most popular shows on Channel One, "Pust Govoryat" (Let them talk). Presumably, the pact was to give him air time, provided he remained apolitical. The Russian government has since chosen to increase its "presence" on YouTube and Vkontakte, in response to the attack on the "foundation" which initiated the demonstrations last March ... It is not to Mr. Putin and his colleagues that Americans will teach agit-prop.
Source: Article by Serafim Orekhanov, Carnegie.