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by Alexey Timofeychev, from Russia Beyond the Headlines

NATO analysts studied Russian comedy TV programs over the past nine years and concluded that they serve the Kremlin’s political objectives and are directed against the West.

TV hosts Alexander Tsekalo, Sergei Svetlakov, Ivan Urgant and Garik Martirosyan, from left, during the filming of Prozhektorparishilton program for Channel One. Source: Maxim Li/RIA Novosti

NATO’s Strategic Communications Center (StratCom) is sounding the alarm about the threat of Russian humor. On March 17 in Riga, Latvian specialists presented the report, “StratCom laughs: in search of an analytical network,” that was the result of nine years of research.

The authors conducted a content analysis of four popular comedy programs on Russia’s Channel One TV since 2008. Special focus was given to the Club of the Merry and Witty, also known by it’s Russian initials, KVN, which is one of the oldest comedy shows on…

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