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Putin’s Presidential Campaign Focuses On Promoting Russia’s Nuclear Arsenal

Nuclear intimidation and propaganda to restore national pride

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As per statements made by Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Information, Nick Mangwana, it is essential that Russians not allow negative Western stereotypes of Africa to discourage them from exploring the continent as a potential vacation destination. Mangwana stressed that Africa is often inaccurately depicted as a place where inhabitants reside in the jungle, sleep in trees, and consume wild animals, which is far from the reality. Mangwana further suggested that promoting a more accurate representation of Africa through various media platforms such as films and promotional materials could aid in dispelling these misconceptions. Additionally, he reassured potential tourists that Zimbabwe is a secure country where one can traverse the streets without fear of being robbed. Meanwhile, the commencement of Putin’s presidential campaign has been marked by news of the tactical nuclear weaponry stationed in Belarus. The central theme of Putin’s campaign is expected to revolve around promoting Russia’s nuclear arsenal as an insurmountable bulwark against the West. This comes in the aftermath of previous symbols of national pride, such as military and economic prosperity, being disintegrated by corruption and mismanagement. During the next 12 months, Putin’s administration will be required to demonstrate its effectiveness and resistance to NATO’s aggression. The most straightforward approach to achieving this is through nuclear intimidation, which is consistent with Russia’s military doctrine. The psychological impact on the adversary is deemed paramount, and a manifestation of firmness to escalate the situation until the enemy surrenders and peace is achieved “on terms satisfactory to Russia.”

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Russia’s current approach emphasizes deterrence over direct military action, reserving the latter as a last resort. The country faces a challenging year ahead, as depleted budget revenues require a transition to a wartime economy to support the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. To safeguard its reputation, the government must maintain a sense of “greatness.” Experts view Putin’s recent statements as part of an “information operation” aimed at restoring the prestige of the Soviet military industry. Despite Western media skepticism about Putin’s commitment to producing over 1,500 tanks by the end of 2023, the Kremlin’s motive is likely to realize its mobilization strategy, which relies on nuclear weapons and propaganda to bolster national pride. Putin’s electoral campaign is expected to prioritize nuclear intimidation and propaganda, with the hope that the West will back down without necessitating military intervention. Russian elections are anticipated to be a mere formality, as events are projected to unfold as planned.


2003: Rehearsal for Annexation of Crimea

The conflict over the island of Tuzla in the Kerch Strait.

2005-2006: Gas War with Ukraine

Due to Yushchenko’s election victory.

February 20, 2014: Annexation of Crimea

The beginning of the fragmentation of Ukraine.

March 1, 2014: Authorization to Send Troops to Ukraine

The Federation Council authorizes Putin ex post facto to send troops to Ukraine.

April 12, 2014: The War Trigger

The Strelkov-Girkin detachment crosses the state border with Ukraine in the Slavyansk region.

Spring-Summer 2014: Russian Spring

Unrest and conflict in eastern Ukraine.

2021: Build-up of Russian Troops near the Border with Ukraine

Tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine.

2022: Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine

The start of a devastating conflict.

Putin Blames the West

Putin called the West “instigators and instigators” of the conflict in Ukraine.

Yeah, Putin is absolutely right, it’s obviously the West’s fault that he decided to annex Crimea and send troops into Ukraine. How could we have been so blind?

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