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Just as the Kremin war is entering its second month, with much of the world seemingly united against Moscow, the results of a survey conducted in France provide a glimpse into the power of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine – despite the relentless efforts by the Russian government. West to shut him down and his regime. A survey conducted by Institut français d’opinion publique (IFOP) showed 52 percent of 2,007 respondents believed at least one Russian theory about the origins of the war in Ukraine.

For example, 28 percent believe Putin’s “special military operations” are backed by Russian-speaking Ukrainians seeking to free themselves from persecution.

Meanwhile, 10 percent said they believed “Ukraine is currently ruled by a junta infiltrated by the neo-Nazi movement”.

Conducted between March 4 and 8, the IFOP survey concluded the Kremlin benefited “from the context of a ‘post-Covid’ information fog” that could lead to a “revival of conspiracy theories”.

IFOP argues there is a link between what it calls “anti-vaxxers” and those involved at least in part with Putin’s rhetoric.

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About 71 percent of the so-called “anti-vaxxers” believed in Putin’s narrative about Ukraine, while support for Russian propaganda was lower — by 43 percent — among French people who did not believe in the anti-vaccine thesis.

In total, 25 percent of respondents were found to believe in at least one conspiracy theory – either about vaccines or war.

According to the study, supporters of Emmanuel Macron’s hard-left rival Jean-Luc Mélenchon and far-right anti-Islam expert Ric Zemmour are the most vulnerable to contact with Putin.

The results come less than two weeks before France faces the first round of elections on April 10 and ahead of another conversation between Macron and Putin.

The call, on Tuesday, March 29, was the 17th conversation in the last four months between the two leaders, in addition to a private meeting in Moscow as well as several hours of internal talks on the Elysées that left Macron with little time. to handle his own presidential campaign.

In the same period, Macron has also spoken several times — 25 in total — with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

But Macron’s efforts to secure a “truce and then a complete withdrawal of troops”, while clearly appreciated on the world stage – especially in the European Union, as France currently holds the bloc’s rotating presidency – did not stop Putin directly.

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However, they may have contributed to the positive developments reached at peace talks in Istanbul on Tuesday, which Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said marked “the most significant progress” since the war began on February 24.

Following Ukraine’s proposal to adopt neutral status and a 15-year consultation period on the future of Russian-occupied Crimea during which a complete ceasefire with Russian forces was agreed, Moscow negotiators called the discussions “meaningful”.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said: “Given that talks on the preparation of an agreement on neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine have moved into the practical sphere … the decision has been made to radically … military activity in the Kyiv and Chernigiv regions.”

Chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky added: “After today’s meaningful discussions, we have agreed and proposed a solution, according to which a meeting of the heads of state is possible simultaneously with the foreign ministers who signed the agreement.

“On the conditions of quick work on a deal and finding the necessary compromises, the chances of making peace will be closer.”

The news, while hinting at a somewhat more lenient stance on Russia’s end, has been met with skepticism in Britain.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman told reporters: “We will judge Putin and his regime by their actions and not by their words.

“We don’t want to see anything other than a complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega