Two Russian journalists appear to have published at least 30 articles on the pro-Kremlin news site lenta.ru on Monday, criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin for attacking Ukraine and cracking down on critics of his government. Has been
CNN reviewed the articles – which were removed almost immediately – some featuring Nazi Germany on the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat, and some criticizing the Russian leader’s use. Victory Day To justify its bloody attack in Ukraine.
Reporters Igor Polyakov and Alexandra Miroshnikova made a number of claims in their articles, including that Russian defense personnel were “lying to relatives” about those killed in the sinking of the Russian navy. Black Sea Fleet Flagship Moscow And he accused Putin of initiating “one of the bloodiest wars of the 21st century.”
Polyakov and Miroshenkova published on lenta.ru, “Putin and his entourage will face tribunal after the end of the war.” “Putin and his allies will not be able to justify themselves after losing this war, nor will they be able to flee.”
Polyakov and Miroshenkova are both business editors of the pro-Kremlin Russian news site lenta.ru. The main outlet company was recently acquired. Russian Suburban Bank, Which is subject to US sanctions for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
CNN contacted two reporters and lenta.ru for comment, but received no immediate response.
Russian Parliament Passed a law in early March. Blame it on lies about Russia’s war in Ukraine. Violation of this law can result in a fine of 1.5 million rubles (approximately 21,467) or up to 15 years in prison. Putin and state media still describe the full-scale ground war in Ukraine as a “special operation.”
Independent Russian News Site Media Zone Published Polyakov and Miroshenkova made statements after the articles were published.
“Putin is a crazy dictator,” he was quoted as saying. “Putin must go. He has started a futile war and is pushing Russia into the abyss.
Polyakov and Miroshenkova not only publicly rejected the government’s line of attack, but also accused Putin of lying about his intentions in Ukraine from the beginning.
Putin repeatedly lied about his plans for Russia in Ukraine, first naming one goal and then totally different.
He cited Putin’s demands for “liberation of the Donbass”, “de-nasalization” and “demilitarization of Ukraine”, which he cited as examples of his haste to justify an unnecessary war. presenting.
One of the articles in their Victory Day series focused on the fact that the Russian military lied to the families of the sailors who died on the Moscow flagship. CNN has previously reported. Concerned Russian parents hesitant to ask about the fate of the sailors aboard the ship, which was sunk by two Ukrainian missiles. Drowned last month.
The article claims that the Russian navy has revived old photographs of the Moscow crew to suggest that more sailors have unloaded it than it really did.
The video of the Black Sea Fleet leadership and crew members circulated by the Ministry of Defense after the tragedy could have been saved because a relative of the missing crew member had identified him in the video. . “
CNN could not independently verify these claims.
Each article on lenta.ru started with a single urgent request under the heading.
Disclaimer: This content has not been approved by the state, so the presidential administration will delete it … In other words: take a screenshot immediately, it has been deleted. “
The pair also appeared on lenta.ru signing, “We are looking for work, lawyers and maybe political asylum!”
“Don’t be afraid, don’t be silent,” he said in a seeming action. “Resist! You are not one, you are many! The future is yours! … Peace to Ukraine!”
Critical reporting against the government is rare in the Russian media – especially since the war in Ukraine began in February. The last major news show to disagree with the state media was when he was a longtime Russian TV editor. Marina Ovsyannikova The anti-war symbol was seized during a live broadcast on Russia’s Channel 1 in March. He was arrested and fined 30,000 rubles.
Ovsyannikova is now reporting for German-owned news outlets from Russia and Ukraine.