Moscow pretends not to feel the sting of the sanctions, but the country’s economy is cracking and the clouds are piling up, as in the airline, automobile and tech sectors.
Delicious food”, “cheap gas”, “fertile soil”: the glossy images and the laudatory comments in an English tinged with a Russian accent follow one another. Before the final bouquet: “An economy capable of withstanding thousands of sanctions. It’s time to go to Russia! Don’t delay… Winter is coming.” At the heart of the summer, this video with the appearance of a promotional clip did not fail to make the Internet users react. Parody of a speech from Moscow? No way! This montage was published by a pro-Russian group and relayed by some Kremlin embassies on social networks.

An example among others of the propaganda that has spread in recent months. The sanctions put in place by the West for six months? Not bad at all! A speech echoed by some politicians, including Marine Le Pen: “Contrary to the rodomontades of our government, the Russian economy is not on its knees (…). We are much more victims of energy sanctions than Russia is.” A ritornello that annoys Brussels. “We have put in place historic sanctions and they are working,” the European Commission replies.

It is true that Russia has resisted better than expected to the economic retaliation launched by the West after the invasion of Ukraine. In its latest economic forecasts, the IMF has reduced its estimate of the recession that Moscow should experience this year (-6% against -8.5% expected in April). And a number of economic indicators have not deteriorated: the ruble is the currency that shows