Russia was on its way to going extinct—but about 3-5% of the population (plus or minus 3%) was making out like bandits. Enter the “political technologists”—Americans led by Dick Morris’ former partner Richard Dresner, and Russians at advertising behemoth Video International, led by Mikhail Lesin and former KGB spy Mikhail Margelov — who took credit for pulling off a credible stolen election for Boris Yeltsin.
As Time magazine wrote: “What really caused surprise was the public's reaction to the biased reporting.
His insights into the strategic thinking behind the Kremlin's "information wars" are often sharp and illuminating; and yet there's always been something glaringly absent in Pomerantsev's writings.
Not so much what he puts in, but all that he leaves out. as if Pomerantsev has been aping the very sort of "avant-garde" Kremlin political technologies he's been scaring the Ed Royces of the world with.
Glaring omissions of context, that had me start to question if Pomernatsev wasn't manipulating the reader by poaching the rhetoric of leftist critical analysis, and putting it to use for very different, neocon purposes . And then of course there's the larger nagging question—what the Hell is a presumed journalist/writer like Pomerantsev, who claims to have been most influenced by literary figures like Christopher Isherwood, doing lobbying the US and UK governments to pass bills upping psychological warfare budgets and imposing sanctions on foreign countries?
Where does the independent critical analysis stop, and the manipulative lobbying begin?