Can Russia’s propaganda machine win the war at home?

The world is watching as Russia wages war on Ukraine.  But Russian state media is telling a different story.  State-owned media organizations follow a narrative that President Vladimir Putin laid out on the morning of the invasion.

A “special operation” to “liberate” Ukraine is a cornerstone of the narrative.  Another is Russia’s claim that its actions are pacifism.  According to Russia, the US and NATO are threatening peace.

World War II “Nazi” references and anti-Western rhetoric are key ingredients fueling what some call the Russian propaganda machine.

But there are signs the engine is stuttering.