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.