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Microsoft Says Russian Media Popular in US, Ukraine Despite Efforts to Reduce Traffic

Samizdat – 23.06.2022

In a move to punish Russia for launching a military operation with a goal to “denazify and demilitarize” Ukraine, Western countries have tried their hardest to target Russian media outlets by reducing their traffic and blocking their social media channels. However, it seems the efforts have proven to be fruitless.

Content produced by sanctioned Russian media outlets Sputnik and RT is still in high demand in the United States and Ukraine despite efforts to curb viewer traffic, Microsoft said.

“Even after all efforts to reduce traffic to Sputniknews and RT.com, consumption of Russian propaganda is still higher than before the war (~60MM per month in the US, on par with the WSJ),” the company said on Wednesday.

Since January 2022, there has been a significant increase in traffic to Russian media websites in the US, according to the report. The peak of Russian media content consumption activity occurred on February 24, when it spiked 82%, Microsoft added.

Sputnik’s International News website boasts more than 40 million hits from January to May 2022. After scoring 5.3 million hits during January, Sputnik’s website exceeded 13 million views in March. Sputnik International’s US-based audience increased from 29% of its entire audience in March to 41.5% in April and 42.9% in May.

The situation in Ukraine has been similar, with the consumption of content Microsoft designated as “Russian propaganda” having grown by 216% since the last week of February, hitting a peak on March 2, the report said. It began to decline afterwards but still remains at a level higher than before the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, Microsoft noted.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian forces. In response to Russia’s operation, Western countries have rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow, which includes airspace closures and restrictive measures targeting numerous Russian officials and entities, news media and financial institutions.

June 23, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Russophobia | ,

4 Comments »

  1. The ONLY way to get “Balanced” News about international matters related to everyone, these days, is to read Russian/Iranian/and whatever country, news reports. Our Western MSM is atrocious Rubbish. Get BOTH sides of the story, before we start yelling for blood from, (insert which ever country here)……

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 23, 2022 | Reply

  2. Blocked sites like RT can stil be accessed by switching to OpenDNS. If you use the Brave browser, go to “privacy and security” and then to “security” and select OpenDNS.

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    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | June 24, 2022 | Reply

  3. Russian media is popular in the US because Americans ARE waking up to the fact that unlike the western MSM, Russian media tells it like it is.

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    Comment by Vlad the truerer | June 24, 2022 | Reply

    • “People will believe what the Newspapers(Media in todays language)tell them to believe”…….George Orwell.

      People in the West MUST adopt a harshly critical view, of Murdoch particularly, but the MSM Generally…… , Those pretty blondes and “Hollywood Hunks” are their to make their CRAP sound convincing……

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 24, 2022 | Reply


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