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Today the CIA has launched a telegram channel with a recruitment video for Russians. This video is fantastic.

The video is not propaganda. Instead, it uses a set of recruitment techniques that nudge people. It provides instructions how to get in touch safely. 1/
I suspect that some of these techniques and arguments could be useful in your debates with Russians on social media.

But first, here is the text of the video:

Is this the life I dreamed of? The path that I chose for myself? 2/
Why are the lives of some people valued more than the lives of others? And who decides this? Being a hero means to stand firm. But to stand firm doesn't mean to endure in vain. 3/
The best way to prevent a prisoner from escaping is to make sure they never realize they're in prison. We easily fall for lies, but we do know what our reality is - the reality in which we live and the reality we talk about in whispers. 4/
I don't believe in revolution. True life occurs where unnoticed changes take place in the souls of people - unnoticed for my country, for me. I will live a true life. This is my Russia, it will always be my Russia. 5/
I stand firm, my family stands firm. We will live decently, thanks to my actions.

The video, in my view, is very subtle, well done, and will appeal to many Russians who are wavering. 6/
It attempts to identify with the individual's struggles: The text starts by questioning life choices and the disparity in the value of lives. This can help establish common ground with individuals who are dissatisfied or questioning their own life choices or societal values. 7/
It challenges the status quo: The text subtly questions the current state of affairs, such as who decides the value of a life, indicating that there might be an inherent problem in the system. 8/
It talks about empowerment: The text speaks about heroism and endurance, suggesting that the individual has the power to endure and resist, which can be an empowering message for potential recruits. 9/
It promotes Freedom: The text uses the metaphor of imprisonment and the idea that the best way to keep someone captive is to ensure they don't know they're imprisoned. It is a call to awareness and self-realization, encouraging potential recruits to 'break free'. 10/
Skepticism towards Collective Action: By expressing skepticism towards revolution, the text seems to steer the reader away from collective political action and towards individual change. 11/
Patriotism: The text expresses love for country, Russia, indicating that working with the CIA is not about betraying one's country, but about working towards a better, more truthful life. 12/
Basically, the text identifies with the pains of the person, challenges the status quo, suggest subtly and from multiple ways that change is possible, explains that it is ok to deviate from the norm, and implies that a working with the agency is an act of patriotism 13/13

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More from @Mylovanov

May 16
The new corruption scandal in Ukraine. Is this a sign that Ukraine steps up its fight against corruption? Or is this just another confirmation of corruption in Ukraine? In my view, both, but please learn the facts and form your own opinion.

What happened? 1/
1. Yesterday around midnight Kyiv time, the National Anticorruption Bureau reported an arrest of the chair of the Ukraine Supreme Court.

He is suspected of accepting a bribe in the amount of 2,7 million dollars. 2/
2. The law enforcement agencies report that 18 other judges are implicated and there are search warrants for them.

In total, there are around 180 judges in the Supreme Court in Ukraine. So, 10% are alleged to be involved. 3/
Read 10 tweets
May 16
This was an extraordinary night in Kyiv. My wife counted over 30 explosions and we saw dozens of launches by the Ukrainians air defense from our balcony. It was so fast, we didn’t even have time to get to a shelter.

Ukraine reports to have intercepted ALL of the missiles. 1/ Image
The commander in chief Zaluzhnyi says this morning that Russians attacked with 18 missiles:

- 6 supersonic Kinzhals (previously believed to be impossible to intercept)
- 9 Kalibr missiles
- 3 Iskander / S400 missiles

All were shot down 2/
This Russian attack was remarkable for its intensity, speed, and concentration in time. It was the eight such assault since the beginning of May, but it was the largest. 4/
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May 15
Remember this infamous article by the @FinancialTimes, implying that weapons smuggling from Ukraine to the EU is a real issue?

Guess what? There was no weapons smuggling. Thanks to the report by @nytimes the world now knows this. But the damage has been done. 1/ Image
I quote NYTimes: "The lawmaker, Oleksandra Ustinova, a former anti-corruption activist who now monitors foreign arms transfers to Ukraine, does not believe there is widespread smuggling. 2/ Image
“We’ve literally had people die because stuff was left behind, and they came back to get it, and were killed,” she said of Ukrainian troops’ efforts to make sure weapons were not stolen or lost. 3/
Read 13 tweets
May 14
We went to a restaurant in a Kyiv suburb today. How expensive was it?

345 Ukrainian hryvna, which is just under $10.

We got:

1. Grilled potatoes (below)
2. Rice
3. Buckwheat and wild mushrooms
4. Four glasses of traditional Ukrainian drink Uzvar
5. Some fancy herbal tea 1/ twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
All good was gorgeously served 2/ ImageImage
It was a wonderful sunset and we were in a playful mood 3/
Read 5 tweets
May 14
Every time this devotion and dignity of his makes his way to something.
I am honored to be his wife!
I have to match his commitment”

Photo by @Liberov

Source: Image
This is more than the most famous pilot Ivan Kozhedub accomplished during the Second World War, but every time he emphasizes that it is not something he would like to be proud of. 2/
Before every new flight there is fear and this involuntary thought "will I return this time?". Again and again, getting on the plane, he remembers his fallen brothers and constantly repeats that we have no right to make a mistake, because there, at the front, 3/
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May 13
This is Ukraine. We visited Mykola Gordiy, a farmer in Uman. Despite the war he delivers tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries to all of Ukraine.

In 24 hours, from plant to customer. I was astonished: 24 hours, in a war torn country. 1/
This truck is going to Poland. Mykola serves customers in the most of the Eastern Europe too. 2/
His greenhouses are high tech. They have their own bees from the Netherlands. The produce grows in coca extract from Sri Lanka. 3/ Image
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