Putin versus Obama, missile shoot-downs, propaganda wars and sanctions: Relations between Russia and the United States have sunk to lows not seen since the Cold War period of the early 1960s to late 1980s. While the two nations were once fierce rivals across the planet, they are now both looking for their identities in the 21st century. Kremlin-watchers point to these signs that we may be going back in time when it comes to Russia.
Ministries of Propaganda Create Spin
Information was tightly controlled during the Cold War, by both the Soviet Union and in many cases by Washington. Today, social media and the Internet has made censorship more difficult, but both sides seem to be spinning diametrically opposite versions of what happened over the skies of Eastern Ukraine.
"The propaganda machine is functioning full bore," says James Collins, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. "We see ourselves engaged in an intellectual battle against Russia. It's a battle for what's true. Nobody looks carefully at what the Russians are saying about Ukraine, we just assume they are lying. Russians are doing the same about us."