Russian state media television host Vladimir Solodyov has made various accusations of Nazism against the West and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mr. Solodyov questioned Mr. Zelensky’s Jewish heritage, accusing him of not being able to “recite Shema Yisrael,” a Jewish prayer at the center of daily services. He then equated modern “Russophobia” with a “new type of Nazism”.
Mr Solodyov said: “Who said that Russophobia is not a type of Nazism? Who said that even being a Jew, Zelensky, who probably can’t even recite Shema Yisrael, Zelensky, with his Russophobia, acquitted himself?
“Can’t a Jew also be a Russophobe, demanding various punishments for the Russian people just for being Russian and his Russian culture?
“Why would that be? Is this an indulgence? Is this normal? Does the civilized world think this is acceptable?
“The phenomenal Russophobia, prevalent in the world today, isn’t that the new kind of Nazism?”
Russian state media, under full Kremlin control, now broadcasts non-stop propaganda broadcasts to convince the Russian public that the war in Ukraine is caused by Western provocation.
On Thursday, a Russian television personality, Olga Skabeyeva, one half of the married duo who host Russia’s most popular show, accused US President Joe Biden of trying to erect a new “iron curtain”, recalling the cold War.
Speaking on 60 Minutes, a political talk show, Ms Skabeyeva said of Finland’s decision to join NATO that it should benefit “America and Biden”.
She said: “What will the Finns and Swedes gain from this decision? This is probably a rhetorical question because the main beneficiary here is America and Biden and the main objective is a new Iron Curtain from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea.
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After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the Russian media landscape became largely unitary.
Echo of Moscow and TV Rain, two of the last outlets critical of Putin’s regime, have been shut down.
They were accused by Russian authorities of spreading misinformation about the conflict in Ukraine and were quickly taken off the air.
And the last independent national newspaper, Novoaya Gazeta, was forced to suspend operations on March 28 – at least for the duration of the war, they said.