The idea of Vladimir Putin as the safeguard of economic and political stability is deeply embedded in the Russian psyche. This groundless perception emerged during favorable economic times, and was used by the political elite to manipulate the public. But, as IMR analysts have recently pointed out in an article titled "Russians Demand Change; Study Foresees Crisis", Russian society has changed and is no longer willing to be so manipulated. Uncovering and publicizing the truth about the current situation has proved an essential and effective means of fighting corruption.
At the end of May, prominent Russian political blogger Alexei Navalny [recently profiled by IMR's Olga Khvostunova] launched a new website, the Good Propaganda Machine, which he had first spoken of at the March 5th protest rally. The site's purpose is presenting the truth about corruption at all levels of Russian government. It is also intended to provide a forum for anyone in Russia to spread information on abuses of power they have witnessed. Immediately upon being launched, the website suffered a DDoS attack. Later, it became the target of political attacks by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. Today, Navalny's project appears at rosagit.info, another opposition web portal. IMR presents the latest Good Propaganda Machine fact sheet, featuring some of the most shocking numbers related to the current regime's corruption and the country's general deterioration. These numbers speak for themselves.