Navalny Said Russian State Media Shares Responsibility With Putin: ‘They Should Be Treated As War Criminals’

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny (REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov) (Shamil Zhumatov /)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnyassured that the Russian state media share the blame with the government regarding the atrocities that were committed in Ukraine during the invasion: “The propagandists are creating a public opinion that no longer just allows Putin to commit war crimes, but demands them.”

“How an ordinary Russian viewer sees it (one of whom I am currently). I learned about the monstrous events in Bucha yesterday morning from the news that Russia was convening the UN Security Council in connection with the massacre of Ukrainian Nazis in BuchaNavalny wrote in the first tweet of a thread of 14 he posted from prison.

In the evening, he listened to the presenter of the channel one, which read: “NATO has been preparing the provocation in Bucha for a long time and at the highest level. It is also confirmed by the fact that President Biden called Putin a ‘butcher’ not long ago. Hear how consonant the English word ‘butcher’ and the name of the city ‘Bucha’ sound. This is how the Western audience unconsciously prepared for this provocation.”

Moment in which a producer bursts into the camera frame with a banner that reads
Moment in which a producer breaks into the camera frame with a banner that reads “No to war” in English followed by the text in Russian “Stop the war. Do not believe the propaganda. They are lying to you here”, during the broadcast of the news about Russia on Channel One (Channel One / via REUTERS) (CHANNEL ONE /)

Navalny could not believe his ears: “I tell you, the monstrosity of the lies in the federal channels is unimaginable. And, unfortunately, so is his persuasiveness to those who don’t have access to alternative information.”

“My point is that Putin’s propaganda has long since ceased to be a tool. They are genuine warmongers and have become a party in their own right.”, he warned. “The screeching anchors and their ‘experts’ are ramping up their fury and have long since surpassed the military in their aggressiveness.”

And he continued: “They demand a war to the end, storming kyiv, bombing Lviv. Even the prospect of nuclear war does not scare them. They wipe the floor with their fellow Putinists on live TV if they hint at the fact that peace talks are a good thing.”

“It’s such a disgusting uroboros,” he said, while assuring that “Politics is a propaganda snake that bites its own tail. Propagandists create the kind of public opinion that no longer simply allows Putin to commit war crimes, but demands it of him.”

The RT News (Russia Today) app on a smartphone in this illustration taken on February 27, 2022 (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
The RT News (Russia Today) app on a smartphone in this illustration taken on February 27, 2022 (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration) (DADO RUVIC/)

And it was very forceful: “Warmongers must be treated as war criminals. From editors-in-chief to talk show hosts to news editors, all of this from Thousand Hills Radio He should be sanctioned now and judged one day.”

He also recalled that “The National Media Group, which owns most of this lying machine, certainly belongs to Putin personally, which is why it is even formally run by Putin’s mistress Alina Kabaev. The most drastic measures should be taken to make the work of these Goebbels heirs. From an outright ban on the supply and servicing of equipment, to going after their assets in the West (which no doubt exist) and putting them on visa blacklists.”

And ended: “The monstrous atrocities in Bucha, Irpin and other Ukrainian cities were committed not only by those who tied the hands behind the backs of peaceful people, not just for those who shot them in the back of the head. But also for those who stood up and whispered: ‘Come on, shoot, give us some good material for our late-night TV show.’”

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