“Back Home”: How Russia Uses Facebook to Strengthen Its Control Over Crimea

Vitalii Rybak, analyst and journalist at Internews Ukraine and UkraineWorld, has analysed how Russia uses Facebook to strengthen its control over Crimea.

Russia uses Facebook pages and public groups in occupied Crimea to spread the Kremlin’s narratives and strengthen its control over the peninsula.

More than seven years have passed since Russia began illegally occupying Crimea. As UkraineWorld wrote in March 2021, we can see the long-term repercussions of Russia’s aggression in the peninsula: water shortages, prosecutions, human rights violations, militarisation, and drastic changes to Crimea’s demographics.

Over these past seven years, the Kremlin has been vigorously enforcing its control over Crimea, not only by turning the peninsula into a large military base but also by establishing control over Crimean media and social networks.

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