I do not think “Russia Has Won the Information War in Turkey…

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 14, 2019. (Photo by Sergei CHIRIKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read SERGEI CHIRIKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

I do not actually oppose dear Akın Ünver’s arguments. I just think that the title of the piece may be misleading. The sheer number of Twitter followers of Russian media outlets is not enough to win the information war.  As Ünver says domestic and predominantly state-based disinformation is so powerful that there is no need for the Russians. Besides, Russians can operate easily because Turkish policy elites are very pro-Russian in recent years and they allow Russians operate in Turkey easily. Pro-democratic opponents on social media are quite aware of Russian media who are aligned with authoritarian regimes. It is a war of maneuvers. Both use each other contextually…

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