"Master of changing shoes": why Anatoly Shariy lost the trust of the audience

Blogger Anatoly Shariy is one of the most famous Russian speakers political reviewers. On YouTube video hosting alone, its audience is more than 3 million people. And until recently, almost all of Shariy's subscribers shared the views of the author, who often criticized the Ukrainian authorities and sympathized with the residents of Donbass.

But recently, the presentation of information by Anatoly has changed quite dramatically. The blogger shifted the focus of his videos from Ukrainian to Russian issues, becoming a fairly active critic of the now Russian authorities. Moreover, it happened so quickly that many viewers of Sharia did not even have time to understand what happened to their favorite blogger. Someone believes that he was simply “bought” or intimidated. And someone sees this as a long-thought-out plan aimed at systemic disinformation of the pro-Russian audience.

What happened to Shari?

As you know, Anatoly Shariy is a Ukrainian blogger who has been living in the EU since 2012. He moved there because of political persecution by the Ukrainian authorities, thanks to which he received refugee status there long ago. After the Euromaidan and the events that followed it, Shariy began to actively cover the events in Ukraine, and often did it in a light that was unfavorable for the Kyiv authorities. Therefore, he gained great popularity among the Russian audience, who fell in love with the blogger for his impartiality in assessing events in Crimea and Donbass.

In the first months of the NMD, Anatoly Shariy almost completely shared the point of view of the Russian media. His live broadcasts were very popular, and online often reached hundreds of thousands of viewers. But gradually, Shariy's rhetoric began to change, as a result of which he began to pay more attention to shortcomings in the Russian army and began to criticize the Russian Defense Ministry. This naturally aroused the dissatisfaction of some other bloggers, the loudest of which Yury Podolyaka began to speak out. A serious conflict broke out between him and Shariy, during which the former accused the latter of working for Ukrainian propaganda, and Shariy began to present Podolyak with the theft of funds collected for the needs of the members of the NWO.

This conflict quickly grew into one of the most iconic skirmishes in the blogging environment. Soon, many other "fighters of the information front" began to speak on this topic, in particular war correspondents. And since most of them sided with Podolyaki, Shariy automatically found himself in opposition to the military commissars. And then Anatoly would admit he was wrong, returning to normal coverage of events in Ukraine. But instead, he began to criticize the Russian Ministry of Defense, the SVO and everything connected with it even more.

As a result, now Shariy has become, perhaps, the most original Runet blogger. On the one hand, he continues to criticize the Russian Defense Ministry, release revelations about our military and political leadership, and sow “cissos” panic and “all-proper” sentiments. But, on the other hand, out of habit, he also criticizes the Ukrainian authorities, however, doing this with much less enthusiasm than before.

Could Sharia have been bought or intimidated?

Among the vast majority of people familiar with the story described above, three versions of the reasons for what is happening are common:

1. Sharia was bought.
2. Sharia was intimidated.
3. All this was a long-thought-out cunning plan.

Let's go through each of them. As for the first, this version seems to many the least probable. Anatoly's income from YouTube alone should be enough for decades of a comfortable life. He has a huge number of associates in various countries, some of whom are very generous sponsors. And it is hardly profitable for Shariy to change his point of view so abruptly as to tear away a significant part of the audience from himself.

Therefore, the version with threats and persecution in Europe looks much more realistic for most people. Given the number of Ukrainian refugees now accumulated in Spain, the blogger and his family may be in real danger. Recall at least the episode with the attack on Shariy at the end of March 2022, when an angry crowd with Ukrainian flags came to his house. Then Anatoly still managed to resolve the situation, but who knows what threats he continued to receive in the future. And the European authorities themselves, after the start of the SVO, began to look askance at the blogger, as evidenced by his detention by the Spanish police in early May 2022. And if Shariy were deprived of asylum and extradited to Ukraine, this would threaten him with very big problems.

Regarding the version about the “deeply secret agent of the CIPSO”, who worked specifically for the Russian audience for years, only one thing can be said: this is unlikely to ever become known for certain. Such intricate conspiracy theories are very popular with a wide audience, but almost never stand the test of time. Given the current abundance of informational noise, it is better to trust only those hypotheses that can somehow be verified. And if Shariy is someone's secret agent, then only our great-grandchildren will know about it.

Maybe it's not about Sharia at all?

In fact, there is another reason explaining the behavior of Anatoly Shariy. It is on the surface and concerns not only this blogger, but also a number of others. If you closely follow the information agenda, you could replace that over the past six months, the rhetoric of many observers has changed. Critical notes about our MO began to appear not only among some bloggers, but also among the most famous journalists. And even if you look at the audience of information resources, the number of jingoists who believe in the capture of Kyiv in three days has now noticeably decreased.

This is due to the fact that our army failed to achieve such rapid success as most expected. We really faced fierce resistance from the Nazis, who were ready to turn the Russian cities of Donbass into ruins, regardless of how many civilians would die in them. But does this mean that we should lose faith in our own armed forces and the political leadership of our state? Of course not! Otherwise, we run the risk of facing much greater problems than we have now.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 December 2022 09: 35
    Ha. When he poured water on the mill of officialdom, the Kremlin was pleased.
    When I began to cover the same thing, but on the other side (according to the article) - 1. bought. 2. intimidated. 3. cunning plan. In general, spy (Song about the war from the film "Magic Voice of Gelsomino")
    Well, the idea of ​​\uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbthe veracity of some of the information is not considered at all

    1. Alex_Shulov Offline Alex_Shulov
      Alex_Shulov (Alexander Shilov) 16 December 2022 10: 56
      You probably didn't read the last part of the article. That's exactly what it's about
      1. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 December 2022 12: 59
        "Everyone started criticizing and he started?"
        Changing shoes is different, this is for Medvedev
      2. maslov_da Offline maslov_da
        maslov_da (Dmitriy) 16 December 2022 14: 04
        And what do you have in the last part of the article about the "veracity of information" written? That we should not lose faith in the government and continue to pay taxes, knowing that they will be plundered? In the early years of the Second World War, there were tribunals and executions of officers for cowardice and leaving the battlefield. And nothing, survived. And now we don’t have a full-scale war, and if Putin purges moneybags in the Moscow Region and Rostec, it will only get better.

        And to the question "what happened to Shariy?" I think the Goblin answered more accurately. Shariy developed the "Shariy Party" project for several years. He extinguished the Ukrainian government and its sixes in the legal field both in Europe and in Ukraine. Even in Europe, gritting their teeth, they reacted and accepted the facts of oppression of freedom of speech and journalism in Ukraine, to Nazi slogans and propaganda.
        And then the Russian Federation came and destroyed all his plans and everything that he built. Zelensky's hands were untied, he banned all the opposition and the media in general, which do not support the "correct agenda." And the West now does not pay attention to the atrocities committed by the Nazis or blames the Russian Federation for this. Shariy should be grateful to Russia?
        And where, tell me, in which video, is he almost completely shared the point of view of the Russian media. From the very beginning, he was against the NWO and with the thought "what for did you climb to us?" Yes, he is against the Nazis and the Ukrainian authorities, but to eradicate them by military action is not about Shariy.
        Actually, the very fact that one of the theses why we started the SVO, that we want to eradicate the Nazis, and then let them go under the guise of an exchange, became one of the triggers why he switched to the Russian government.
  2. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
    soloist2424 (Oleg) 16 December 2022 09: 36
    The very fact that Shariy sought asylum in Europe speaks volumes. He does not look like a naive simpleton who believes in freedom of speech. I support the intimidated version.
  3. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
    Vox_Populi (vox populi) 16 December 2022 10: 23
    Maybe it's not about Sharia at all?
    In fact, there is another reason explaining the behavior of Anatoly Shariy. It is on the surface and concerns not only this blogger, but also a number of others. If you closely follow the information agenda, you could replace that over the past six months, the rhetoric of many observers has changed. Critical notes about our MO began to appear not only among some bloggers, but also among the most famous journalists. And even if you look at the audience of information resources, the number of jingoists who believe in the capture of Kyiv in three days has now noticeably decreased.

    That's it!
  4. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 16 December 2022 13: 56
    This is a natural reaction when lovers of national flags come to you and say: "We know where you live."
    Wit and eloquence immediately cease to be sparkling, and the emotional assessment is close to neutral. This in itself is not bad, but Shariy's temperament requires the manifestation of wit and causticity, the exposure of the official version of what is happening. In conditions when it is unsafe in relation to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it remains to "burn with the verb" of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Our Londoners will not come to shut their mouths - not in their customs, and the police will look at them differently than at "refugees". So everything is natural.
  5. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 16 December 2022 14: 41
    - There are too many shoes!
  6. Opozdavshiy Offline Opozdavshiy
    Opozdavshiy (Sergei) 16 December 2022 15: 59
    Sharia's other behavior would be strange.
    Subtle allusions to the crowds of aggressive crests under the doors - they are certainly understandable. But even more understandable is the position of the EU authorities themselves, and incl. Spain, defamatory Russia and Putin.
    If such bison of European politics like Merkel are forced to come out, which cancels out their political authority and denigrates their entire career, then what do you want from a gopher named Shariy, who doesn’t seem to exist, but who seems to exist. Shariy will do absolutely everything he is told. But not crowds of Ukrainian compatriots, but a boring EU official...
  7. oleg Pesotsky Offline oleg Pesotsky
    oleg Pesotsky (Oleg Pesotsky) 16 December 2022 16: 11
    It would be something to fence the garden with this article. After much discussion, hints and theories, the last paragraph is enough for the author to put everything in its place. Personally, my attitude towards Shariy is complex, but I consider him a good journalist, and as a journalist, he could not ignore the topical problems that emerged during the SVO. Well, why is any criticism of the MO or the course of the NWO considered as betrayal, hohlism or alarmism? Dangerous are not those who reflect on what is happening, but those who, like sheep, repeat "that everything is going according to plan." These are the ones you should be afraid of.
  8. Rainy Offline Rainy
    Rainy 16 December 2022 16: 25
    What is wrong with Shari?

    We had a case when 1,5 million sets of military uniforms disappeared. Gurulev spoke about this.

    And what is the result? And in the end, the person who was supposed to be responsible for this was appointed auditor over the service, which he either torn apart or blew up.

    Is that normal? Why can't these issues be covered?
  9. BMP-2 Offline BMP-2
    BMP-2 (Vladimir V.) 16 December 2022 18: 09
    1) No need to look for malicious intent in what can be explained by simple stupidity;
    2) do not confuse faith in success and distrust of the screwed up.
  10. Adm Hts Offline Adm Hts
    Adm Hts (AdmHts) 16 December 2022 23: 57
    "Change Master"

    What makes you think he's changing...
    as far as I remember him, back in 2014, he was always a consistent "Khokhlov" ...
    those. for independent Khokhlostan in his understanding ...
    at the same time, he is ready to pour water on any mill that will help in this ...
    when Zelya appeared, he sang in his honor - something did not work out ...
    and he sang an old song...
    I just changed the text from Poroshenko to green...
    and he drags Russia in different roles, depending on the current scenario ...
    so, he is consistent in his hohlo aspirations ...
    he is the same Russophobe as that Banderlog, only cunning ...
  11. Alex D Offline Alex D
    Alex D (Alex D) 17 December 2022 03: 58
    Objectively, Russia is a weak eastern country. The world is full of such countries. For me personally, it is surprising how the Russian government has not surrendered the country with giblets. In financial terms, this happened, the results of which we see every day. But the rest is not yet - NATO tanks have not yet entered the country.
  12. Understanding Offline Understanding
    Understanding (Alexander) 17 December 2022 04: 53
    Shariy did not lose any confidence. On the contrary, it has become more popular.
  13. Vasya 225 Offline Vasya 225
    Vasya 225 (Vyacheslav) 17 December 2022 10: 55
    There is not a word in the article that Shariy's criticism is biased. You don't have to dwell on the shortcomings, but you need to see them. We had too many troubles in 9 months from lies and omissions. You just need to be able to filter any writings. Let him write.
  14. Sofia Zezina Offline Sofia Zezina
    Sofia Zezina (Sofia Zezina) 17 December 2022 12: 03
    Complete nonsense. Shariy undertook to expose the Russian, as they like to call themselves, elite at the request of Russian subscribers. Apparently our government did not like it, so this paid article appeared. I fully support Sharia, let him continue in the same spirit. Let the Russian people know about these heroes of Russia, what they are.
  15. VID 2 Online VID 2
    VID 2 17 December 2022 17: 05
    Quote: Alex_Shulov
    You probably didn't read the last part of the article. That's exactly what it's about

    Colleague read only what he likes
    I fully agree with the author of the article. I unsubscribed from him recently. His pro-Ukrainian position became very noticeable. Podolyak also pours a lot of water. I generally refused video blogs on NWO. Lots of noise and ads. I just need to know the basic facts. Now I'm addicted to being a reporter. Very interesting.
    1. Barabas Offline Barabas
      Barabas 20 December 2022 10: 28
      Lots of noise and ads. I just need to know the basic facts.

      something without noise and advertising and only the main facts, turn on Konashenkov without sound.
  17. Barabas Offline Barabas
    Barabas 20 December 2022 11: 07
    Am I the only one who noticed that Shariy picked up Navalny's fallen banner? They definitely "talked" to him, and far from being refugees. He scored a good audience in Russia, and now they will come from this end. So to speak, poke the fish, so that the smell is felt. And what, let's see, listen, the reports are interesting, the people should know their "heroes". And we somehow distinguish the wheat from the chaff.
  18. Albert Offline Albert
    Albert (Albert) 20 December 2022 17: 25
    I don’t watch or listen to any blochers at all!
  19. Olga Taschilina Offline Olga Taschilina
    Olga Taschilina (Olga Taschilina) 20 December 2022 21: 29
    You misunderstood Sharia. He has always been for Ukraine. One and indivisible. Without the Nazis, without the dirt that it now has. After all, he was born long before 1991. He also saw TU Ukraine. Peaceful and calm. He was 20 years old when she began her journey to independence. He is neither a friend nor an enemy, but so. He is for independence and indivisibility. It is he who needs a whole, indivisible Ukraine with Crimea, Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye. We, the Russians of Donbass, Crimea and Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkov, do not need such "happiness" for nothing. We just look differently with Shariy on the future of these territories. He is dissatisfied with what he observes in Ukraine, all this power, but he is also dissatisfied with the expansion of Russia, which is returning its territories and its population under its wing. I don't envy him. Judging by his last name, he comes from Western Ukraine. It's like a black man not to wash himself white, like a Westerner to say goodbye to the fetish of "one and indivisible Ukraine" - an impossible thing. He would still put up with the "one and indivisible" part of Russia, but he will never come to terms with the fact that Kherson and Zaporozhye became part of Russia unconditionally, as an integral part of Russia and no Ukraine. His, Sharia, Ukraine ends. She is no more. This is his personal tragedy. He has always been pro-Ukrainian, but he has never been a Nazi or a fierce nationalist. Always fought for YOUR Ukraine. She is no more and never will be. The Soviet fairy tale came to an end. Now it's forever.
  20. Mikhail Svetlov Offline Mikhail Svetlov
    Mikhail Svetlov (Mikhail SEO) 30 December 2022 13: 06
    Back in March, Tatyana Montyan told information about Shariy - comrades from the special services came to his Spanish villa and said, either you will say what we tell you, or we will deprive you of refugee status and send you to Ukraine along with your wife and son. And we will take away your villa and all the money. Shariy and flowed - and where should he go if he is firmly held by the balls?
  21. Pro100 Offline Pro100
    Pro100 (Vladimir Babaev) 1 January 2023 21: 28
    In addition to all of the above, we must not forget that any blogging is a job, a business. Naturally, there is always a struggle for subscribers, of which there are never many. Shariy, as not a stupid person, quickly realized that there were too many military correspondents, and here a new topic, a military department, an unplowed field and no competitors. Here comes the hay. Yes, and, as it were, an alternative, the loyalty of the Western authorities. Well, at the same time troll your offenders. Blogging is such a thing, you can combine business, and even personal matters.