Kremlin’s Inability to Control Russian Information Space Confirmed by Institute for the Study of War

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has confirmed that there is infighting in the Kremlin inner circle, that the Kremlin has ceded centralised control over the Russian information space, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently cannot readily fix it.[0] This was reported by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).[0]

The ISW has emphasised that Zakharova’s disclosure of the Kremlin’s incapability to replicate the Stalinist approach of establishing an equivalent to the Soviet Information Bureau to centralise control over Russia’s internal information space due to the infighting among unspecified Kremlin “elites”, confirms the lack of control in the Russian information space.[0]

It appears that Putin is unable to take the necessary measures to gain control over the Russian information space. This issue is further highlighted by Zakharova’s speech during a forum on information warfare which took place in Moscow on Saturday.[0]

The ISW’s latest report highlights the fact that Putin is unable to immediately fix control over Russia's information sphere, which is a cause of concern among world leaders.

0. “ISW: Putin no longer exercises centralized control over Russian information space” TVP World, 12 Mar. 2023,

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