Association of Journalists of Montenegro awarded propagandist Darja Dugina and the Sputnik Serbia channel

The Association of Journalists of Montenegro posthumously honored deceased Russian propagandist Daria Dugina with an award. Also, the Serbian branch of the Russian propaganda channel Sputnik received the prize “as the best portal in 2022.” 

The Association of Journalists of Montenegro award for the best portal of 2022 was presented to the editor-in-chief of Sputnik Serbia, Ljubinka Milincic, at a ceremony on January 23. This is stated on the website of the Association.  

Editor-in-chief of Sputnik Serbia, Ljubinka Milincic, thanked for the award and pointed out that “it is important that the Association of Journalists of Montenegro was encouraged the efforts of Sputnik, and from a country that is a NATO member.”

President of the Association of Journalists of Montenegro Tihomir Burzanovic, presenting the award for the best portal, emphasized the mission of Sputnik and Russia Today, which, he said, “perfectly coped with media attacks.”

As a reminder, on March 2, the European Union promptly banned the broadcasting of Russian propaganda resources Sputnik and Russia Today on its territory in response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. These media outlets were the main channels for the spread of Russian propaganda in Europe.

As Reuters reported, Montenegro also banned the broadcasting of Russia Today and Sputnik following the European Union.

Award for Russian propagandist

Dugina’s award has been given to propagandist Vladimir Solovyov (namesake of another, more famous Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov), the head of the delegation of the Union of Journalists of Russia.

According to the website of the Association, the event was attended by Russian Ambassador to Montenegro Vladimir Maslenikov, who “thanked the organizers for the initiative to show the close historical ties and cultures of close peoples,” as well as Nino Brajovic, president of the Association of Journalists of Serbia.  

Daria Dugina, 29, was the daughter of Russian propagandist Alexander Dugin, one of the ideologues of “Eurasianism.”

Political scientist Anton Shekhovtsov defines Dugin’s version of Neo-Eurasianism as “a form of a fascist ideology centered on the idea of revolutionizing the Russian society and building a totalitarian, Russia-dominated Eurasian Empire that would challenge and eventually defeat its eternal adversary represented by the United States and its European allies, thus bringing about a new ‘golden age’ of global political and cultural illiberalism.”

Dugina’s car was blown up on August 20 when her father and daughter returned from a Russian propaganda festival supported by the authorities. At the last moment, Dugin got into another car.

The propagandist supported Russia’s war against Ukraine, promoted “Eurasianism” on social networks, and was published in the Federal News Agency (FAN), owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner PMC.

She cooperated with propaganda TV channels, including Tsargrad TV and Russia Today. In March 2022, she was put on the U.S. sanctions list, and in June, Dugina was placed under British sanctions.

Media previously reported on how Russian propaganda attempts to honor Ms. Dugina in an analysis of the activities of the Russian Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris.

Photo: website of the Association of Journalists of Montenegro. 

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