Professor and Russia Expert Calls Talk of Trump Impeachment 'the Gift That Keeps on Giving' for Russian Media

Cynthia Hooper, associate professor of history and director of Russian and Eastern European Studies. Photo by Tom Rettig

The Conversation

What is Russian media's narrative on the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump? Apparently, the commentary in many ways "echoes the language of U.S. coverage," according to Cynthia Hooper, associate professor of history and director of Russian and Eastern European Studies at Holy Cross.

In a recent piece for The Conversation, Hooper goes on to detail how Russian comedy TV, political operatives and even cartoonists are having a field day with what they are calling "Ukrainegate," referencing a recent controversial phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"This latest scandal […] is a gift for those wishing to advertise U.S. dysfunction without seeming to engage in heavy-handed censorship or promote obviously deceptive propaganda," said Hooper.

She writes that over the past five years, beginning with the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, "Russian political and media establishment [have grown] increasingly skilled at spinning stories to highlight U.S. political weaknesses."

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