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U.S. Ambassador to Russia: What Russians Hear and See on Russian Television Is an Alternate Universe

‘It is a function of the Russian government effectively crushing independent journalism and civil society here’
By Grabien Staff

EXCERPT:

SULLIVAN: "Well, terrific question. What the average Russian hears and sees on Russian television is an alternate universe. You know, it is a function of the Russian government effectively crushing independent journalism and civil society here. So what the average Russian hears is that President Zelenskyy, the democratically-elected president of Ukraine who is Jewish, what the average Russian hears, and it’s all he or she hears, is that President Zelenskyy is a Nazi who is engaged in genocide in Ukraine against Russians and Russian speakers. Everyone else in the world recognizes that that’s preposterous. When the foreign minister of Russia seeks to defend the position, he creates further problems for Russia, as you know, when he suggested that Adolph Hitler was himself a Jew, had Jewish blood, to quote the foreign minister, created enormous problems for Russia with their relations with Israel. But that’s all that Russians hear here, and it is a huge concern. Many Russians, particularly younger Russians, seek to get access to other information from other sources outside of this country or outside of the government’s control, but it is very difficult. Very difficult. The Russians are doing their best to crush the technical means that average Russians have to get other sources of information."

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