The U.S. State Department will fund programs that will focus on educating Russians about American values and principles of media freedom. RT reports this with reference to a description of U.S. government grants.
Through the Share America with Russia initiative, the United States will help Russians become more familiar with American values and culture in the context of a democratic society. The program will focus on Russians, including new leaders, women, and members of racial and national minorities. The U.S. Embassy in Russia will oversee the project, for which the U.S. authorities intend to allocate $500,000.
The U.S. diplomatic mission in Moscow will also implement the “Media and Information in Russia” initiative, which involves explaining the concept of “free press” to Russians. Nonprofit organizations or educational institutions established in Russia or the United States may apply for both programs.
The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of an information campaign against the country. Thus, in October, more than 50 former high-ranking officials of the U.S. intelligence and military agencies accused Russia of campaigning against the Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden. Former U.S. intelligence officers believe that the publication of the correspondence of Democrat son Hunter Biden in the mass media is connected with Russia’s operation. It is noted that Moscow by such actions influences the results of the U.S. presidential elections in 2020. According to them, these are “classic signs of Russia’s information campaign.