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Vladimir Putin Abolishes State News Agency, Appoints Rabid Homophobe To Run New Agency

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In a move reminiscent of Adolf Hitler,  Russian President Vladimir Putin  has abolished the official state news agency RIA Novosti.  Novosti has been known for its very legitimate and balanced news reporting.  A new news agency will be be created and headed by Putin supporter and rabid homophobic  journalist Dmitry Kiselev

BBC News reports:

In a surprise decree published on the Kremlin’s website on Monday, Mr Putin announced it would be replaced by a news agency called Russia Today. The new agency will be headed by journalist and keen Kremlin supporter Dmitry Kiselev. The state-owned Voice of Russia radio station has also been closed. The decree was effective immediately. For many Kremlin critics in Russia, that phrase suggests this is a sinister move by President Putin, says the BBC’s Daniel Sandford in Moscow. During Mr Putin’s time as Russia’s leader, RIA Novosti has tried hard to produce balanced coverage for Russian and international audiences, our correspondent says. Although state-owned, it has reflected the views of the opposition and covered difficult topics for the Kremlin, our correspondent adds.

In the past Kiselev has been very outspoken about his “issues” with Russia’s LGBT community and has claimed that LGBT bashing victims deserve their fate and  has said that any gay person is involved in a car accident should have “their hearts should burned” rather than used as organ donations.

Our [Russian] problem with homosexuals is that they behave in a provocative, victim-like way. They deliberately provoke situations, so that they become victims. Nobody prevents them from loving each other the way they want to. They are aggressively foisting minority’s values on the majority. It is likely that society would counteract this. Naturally, right? In various ways, including brutal ones. Since they are brutally foisting this [on others]. Wanna fight? Get it, then. So what?”

Say hello to  Russia’s new Ministry of Propaganda.  This is Nazi Germany all over again.



Will Kohler

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4 thoughts on “Vladimir Putin Abolishes State News Agency, Appoints Rabid Homophobe To Run New Agency”

  1. this is getting scarey…Putin is becoming more paranoid and power hungry every day (he has got to go) and the guy he appointed is just a mega-wacko. I would love to hear why he closed down the already state owned news agency in the first place.

  2. Putin is solidifying his conservative center-right power base before Russia’s liberals can coalesce and mount a credible push back. There is a huge disparity between urban liberalism and the more provincial, conservative, traditional, and religious hinterlands. Putin is not leading so much as following a Russian revanchist trend promoting national chauvinism.
    The first Russian Revolution took place in the urban centers. Putin is probably identifying with the Czars. The Czars and their established bureaucratic order were long suspicious of bourgeois liberals and socialist reformists. Russian conservatism never disappeared but folded itself into the deep freeze of Soviet authoritarianism. Even with the fall of the Soviet system the conservative masses have not let go of their longing for authoritarianism. Putin has seized the moment to stay at the top in what he sees as his manifest destiny. Curiously, he has promised amnesty for the wealthy oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, imprisoned a decade ago for tax evasion and money laundering as if to soothe the uneasiness of the still powerful entrepreneurial class.
    Where would American TEA party religious social conservatives be without the financial backing of American oligarchs such as the Koch brothers?

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