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(CNN) – If there's one thing the communists really excelled at, beyond murdering millions of people, it was propaganda.
The Soviets turned indoctrination into an art form that's still appreciated by some today as just that.
From Crimea to the tense standoff in eastern Ukraine, it is clear Moscow is taking a page from those old masters and bringing the fight to the airwaves.
Three different Russian television channels reportedly aired three versions of an interview with the same man, identified three very different ways: as a German spy, a repentant extremist, and a pediatric surgeon, according to a report by Forbes.
"I was there in 1968, a teenager in Moscow, and I don't recall the level of propaganda reaching this amount of frenzy, and brazenness, and hysteria," says Leon Aron, director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
For more of our interview with Aron, check out the video above.
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