Therussophile.org is an aggregator of news about Russia from alternative sources. We also aim to cover news from neighbouring countries and countries connected with Russian interests, like Syria, China, Iran etc.
We want this site to be the main location for you any one who wants hourly updated reports from alternative news sources but don’t have time or wish to search all over the Internet for such news.
A typical user visits us twice a day to get the summary of events they might have missed when being away from Twitter or Facebook for some time.
Some more reasons for our existence.
The avalanche of newsworthy events makes it more and more difficult for any person to sort facts from fiction. Both “sides” are accusing each other of propaganda instead of news reporting.
We can observe that the corporate owned mainstream mass media in “the West” reports about events according to a narrative written by their owners and supported by the White House, the US State Department, Pentagon and NATO (or the other way around). And this narrative (about, e.g. “Russian aggression”) seems to distance itself more and more from the truth.
Like Abraham Lincoln once said so wisely: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
More and more people are therefore now leaving the biased narrative in western mainstream media and turn to alternative media sources.
The number of such alternative media-sources is rapidly increasing.
Russian and geopolitical scholars, like Stephen Cohen, F. William Engdahl and Paul Craig Roberts, have no problem to find media wanting to transmit their knowledge to a wider and wider audience.
RT (Russia Today) is only one of the alternative channels. Being funded by the Kremlin, it is of course classified by “the West” as a “bullhorn for Russian propaganda”, even if their reporting is much more truthful than the reporting in the mainstream media.
We do cite Russia-Insider.com a lot. We believe it is an excellent source, which mix their own content with articles from guest-writers and collected from other places on the Internet.
A deeper background to Russian news.
When Russia was weak and “under control” (of “the West”) few people really bothered to find out more about this huge and wonderful country.
But when Russia, under President Putin (from year 2000), gradually (but surprisingly fast) started to gain back its sovereignty and the control of its economy and natural resources, Russia became a very popular topic in mass-media and in the blogosphere on the Internet.
At the same pace with which Russia grew stronger, richer and more independent from “the West”, the corporate owned mainstream mass media transformed this popularity into first ridiculity (Sochi Olympics) and then pure hostility (Ukraine).
The search term “Russian aggression” was invented in August 2008 when Russia defended South Ossetia from an US-led attack by Georgia.
From February-March 2014, the main-stream media in “the West”, strictly following a manuscript from the US White House, State Department and Pentagon, has made this term very common, at least in the USA. (see map from Google Trends below).
If you today are searching for news about Russia in Google, Bing or Yahoo, 95% of the results you get back contain something negative about Russia.
The corporate owned mainstream media, following their owners’ narrative, dominate almost totally all news feeds.
Alternative media, mainly on-line, is, however, rapidly gaining a larger and larger audience.
The Alternative Media reports the truth about events in Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Iran and other places where Russia have an influence. This is called “Russian propaganda” in “the West”.
“Russian propaganda” was a popular search term in Google 2004-2006 (probably in connection with the start-up of RT (Russia Today)) and it has now again increased in popularity in the English language countries. (see map from Google trends below).
We do pull in content from may sources on the Internet and since many articles are being distributed and syndicated through different channels, you might sometimes find the same article more than once. We do whatever we can to reduce the occurrence of double entries and will successively improve our algorithms.
If you know about any source which we have missed, please let us know through this contact form.