Nordic media offers Russian news to counter Kremlin propaganda

Three top Nordic newspapers said on Thursday they would translate their news on the Ukraine war into Russian in a bid to reach the Russian public and counter Kremlin propaganda.

Nordic media offers Russian news to counter Kremlin propaganda
Denmark's Politiken newspaper changed the branding on its website into Cyrillic script on Thursday to alert readers to its Russian-language content. Photo: Richard Orange

“Our aim is to give Russians impartial and reliable news,” the editors-in-chief of Denmark’s Politiken, Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter and Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat wrote in a joint column.

“Ukraine’s tragedy cannot be communicated to the Russian public through propaganda channels”, they wrote, criticising Moscow for ordering the closure last week of Russia’s “last independent TV and radio broadcasters, Dozhd TV and Ekho Moskvy”.

Numerous international media outlets have suspended their reporting in Russia since the introduction of draconian new rules making it illegal to call the military action an “invasion” or disseminate “fake” news about it.

Access to social media site Facebook has also been blocked in Russia, a sign experts have interpreted as the Kremlin trying to quash any dissent over the Ukraine conflict.

“Russian mothers need to know that their sons have been sent into the unknown, that innocent civilians have been killed and wounded, that millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their own country, and that millions of Ukrainian children have had their childhoods destroyed,” the editors-in-chief wrote.

The Kremlin has presented the invasion of Ukraine as a limited “military operation” aimed at protecting Russian-speaking Ukrainians from a “genocide”.

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Sweden’s ex-NBA star leaves Moscow team

Sweden's ex-NBA star Jonas Jerebko has quit CSKA Moscow, the team said on Saturday, less than three months after his controversial decision to join the organisation amid international condemnation of Russia.

Sweden's ex-NBA star leaves Moscow team

The Swedish basketball federation cut Jerebko from the national squad at the end of March, a day after he joined CSKA Moscow, saying his decision was “against the federation’s values and our very clear stance towards Russia” over its invasion of Ukraine.

CSKA Moscow wrote on its website on Saturday that “the transition to CSKA turned out to be difficult for Jonas in many ways”.

The Swedish federation said Jerebko would however not be returning to the national squad.

His decision to leave CSKA “doesn’t in any way change the decision we made when he signed with them”, the head of the federation Fredrik Joulamo told Swedish news agency TT.

Jerebko, 35, is the only Swede to have played in the NBA, where he spent 10 seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors between 2009 and 2019.

Jerebko last played for Sweden in a World Cup qualifier against Croatia at the end of February, during which the federation and players showed their support for Ukraine.

Prior to signing for CSKA, Jerebko was without a club after having finished his contract with Khimki Moscow in 2021.

CSKA Moscow have been excluded from the Euroleague because of Russia’s invasion.