A recent opinion poll found that 46% of Russians admired Stalin; they were indifferent to Brezhnev and really disliked Gorbachev.
Russian state media managers have engaged in three types of propagandistic distortions: skewed selection and translation of US media; biased Russian investigation of US news stories; and outright fabrication of stories, sometimes loosely based on real US news stories.
An article appeared in the Russian Federal News Service (FAN) titled “The Dirty Deeds of the Pentagon in Syria: How the USA’s Friendship with IS Turned into an Explosion in New York” claiming the New Jersey and New York bombings earlier this month were “payback” for the US mistaken bombing of the Syrian military. An examination of the times of both events prove they are unrelated.
The Russian and Ukrainian media are avidly investigating the claims made by Russia’s Federal Security Service regarding two alleged Crimean border clashes. The opinion is that war will escalate due to the Kremlin’s vow to respond to the clashes and other factors.