Origins of Russian Propaganda: a "Crucified Boy in Panties" Turned 178 Years Old

April 04, 2022

In the early 1840s, the Russian Ministry of the Interior commissioned its top expert (Vladimir Dal) to prepare a special note on the Jewish killing of Christians for rituals. In 1844, the result of this work was published in limited numbers and disseminated among senior officials as an “Investigation of the killing of Christian infants by Jews and the use of their blood”. In 1878, this “opus” was published for the mass reader in the “Grazhdanin” (Citizen) magazine. As we can see, the plots of Russian propaganda have not changed for centuries.

Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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