Russian Pundit Goes Too Far for State TV

A well known Russian state tv pundit has been fired after making a sequence of derogatory remarks about two high-profile Russian diplomats, in response to a Kremlin propagandist.

Yevgeny Satanovsky, a frequent visitor in Russian state broadcasts, accused Russian overseas ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova of being a “heavy-drinking” antisemite. He added that Russia’s Deputy Overseas Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was a “hopeless drunkard” in an interview posted to YouTube earlier this week.

Satanovsky was shortly dismissed from “our channel,” outstanding Kremlin-aligned Russian state tv host, Vladimir Solovyov, mentioned in a clip posted to X. It was translated by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Inside Ministry. Solovyov recurrently hosts discuss exhibits on the state-run Russia-1 channel.

Fundamental image: Russian propagandist and tv presenter Vladimir Solovyov on February 21, 2023 in Moscow, Russia. Inset: Yevgeny Satanovsky, a frequent Russian state tv commentator. Solovyov mentioned Satanovsky had been dismissed from his state TV channel following derogatory remarks about Russian overseas ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova and Russian Deputy Overseas Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
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Satanovsky’s feedback had been completely unfair and inadmissible, Solovyov mentioned. He added that the political scientist and president of Russia’s Institute of the Center East had “insulted each [of] these revered diplomats and the ministry of overseas affairs.”

“Consequently, I see no risk of constant skilled communication” with Satanovsky, Solovyov mentioned. “I want to apologize to the ministry of overseas affairs of the Russian Federation,” he mentioned within the transient clip, in addition to extending an apology to Zakharova and Bogdanov. Newsweek has reached out to the Russian Overseas Ministry for remark by way of electronic mail.

Satanovsky is understood for his virulently anti-U.S. rhetoric. He has mentioned that the U.S. could possibly be caught within the “crosshairs” of a nuclear strike, ought to the conflict in Ukraine escalate.

“The query is, will all of it attain the nuclear section or not? As a result of if it retains going like this, it’s going to undoubtedly occur,” Satanovsky mentioned in an look on Russian state TV in mid-June. If Moscow did detonate nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the U.S. can be one of many “targets that must be within the crosshairs,” he added.

Satanovsky mentioned the U.S. ought to abandon all of its world army bases and withdraw each considered one of its nuclear weapons.

“There should not be a single level the place these guys can begin concentrating troops and creep up on our borders, concentrating nukes and bringing them to our borders,” Satanovsky mentioned in February. “There should not be any. That is the primary purpose.”

Solovyov, one of many Kremlin’s most-recognizable voices, is considered one of a number of commentators linked to Russian authorities who publicly name for assaults on U.S. soil and property. He has predicted a 3rd world conflict with Western nations, and has known as for harsher penalties for critics of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Solovyov has additionally repeatedly appealed for the usage of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.