Status: 21.09.2023, 16:45 p.m.
By: Maximilian Kurz
Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved closer to Azerbaijan in recent days. © Mikhail Klimentyev/Imago
The Kremlin calls on Russian media to blame Armenia and the West for the state of emergency in Nagorno-Karabakh - secret paper leaked.
Moscow - Armenia and the West are to be blamed for the deadly shelling of Nagorno-Karabakh in future media reports. This is what President Vladimir Putin's government is calling for with new press guidelines. Meduza, among others, reports on this.
Explosive documents relating to the humanitarian catastrophe in Nagorno-Karbach have been published. It is a copy of the guidelines that the Kremlin distributed to Russia's state-controlled news organizations at the end of September. The document contained precise instructions on how to cover Azerbaijan's military attack on Nagorno-Karabakh. The attack killed 32 people and injured more than 200.
Kremlin: Media guidelines on Nagorno-Karabakh leaked!
Russia advises its propagandistic media to clearly state that the attack was carried out by Armenia and its "Western partners". Similarly, the Kremlin recommends reporting that "the Armenian leadership recognized the sovereignty of Azerbaijan over Karabakh."
Nagorno-Karabakh: An internal matter for Baku
The media guidelines from the Kremlin stated: "The decision of the Armenian leadership, which fundamentally changed the status of Karabakh, prompted Azerbaijan to act. Baku now regards the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh as its own internal affair."
Armenian social media channels have been filled with people searching for their missing relatives and friends since Azerbaijan's brutal attack. Russia claims it has "evacuated" up to 2,000 Karabakh Armenians - where to go remains unclear. Concerns about the safety of over 100,000 Armenians in the enclave are growing.
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Pashinyan: The prime minister's western traits
In recent months, the Armenian government has tried to distance itself from Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. Under its Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the former Soviet republic became increasingly oriented towards the West. Thus, for the first time, Armenia provided humanitarian aid in Ukraine and invited soldiers of the US military to joint exercises.
The Kremlin did not leave the government's actions unanswered. According to a classified document, Russian state media have been instructed by the government to point the finger at Pashinyan and his partners in the US and EU. They are blamed for the failures in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and pro-Russian oppositionists are positively highlighted in the media. .