Fake news has been around a long time, and leaders have long sold alternate versions of history to gain traction or drum up support. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has been building new unity and national identity among Russians by rewriting current events and exploiting nostalgia for the Soviet era. To find out how Kremlin propaganda is shaping modern Russia, veteran foreign correspondent Shaun Walker traveled to the far corners of Russia to speak to everyday – and not so everyday – Russians. The result: a gritty, compelling portrait of the Russian psyche in the mid-2010s.
About the Author
Shaun Walker, a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, was the paper’s Moscow correspondent between 2013 and 2018.