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Putin appoints notorious anti-gay news anchor to head Russian news agency

Monday, December 9, 2013

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed a controversial news anchor to head a restructured state news agency, a move signaling the Kremlin’s intention to tighten control over the media and use it increasingly for propaganda of ultraconservative views.

Dmitry Kiselyov, who spent much of his weekly news program on state Rossiya television maligning homosexuality and speculating about Western-led conspiracies, was put in charge of all the resources of the former RIA Novosti, which was renamed Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today).

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Dmitry Kiselyov

The agency has been known for news coverage that at times appeared too comprehensive for the government’s comfort, including active reportage on the anti-Putin protest movement.

The appointment makes Kiselyov the chief executive in a company of 2,300 employees, removable only by Putin himself. That promotion has come as a shock to many who previously derided the pro-Kremlin pundit – who controversially suggested that the internal organs of homosexuals should be burned and buried rather than donated – as an irrelevant lackey.

Kiselyov’s conspiratorial, almost coquettish grin and over enthusiastic hand gestures have made him a recognizable staple of Russian television. But it’s his toxic cocktail of punditry and sensationalism that has gained him his reputation as one of Russia’s most famous -and reviled- news anchors.

Kiselyov has often led the attack in taking down the opposition movement, the West, homosexuals, and other groups that top the Kremlin agenda. His pugnacious punditry contrasts with that of some other anchors on state-owned channels, who often are more eager to censor issues out of the limelight than attack them head-on.

When Ukrainians flooded the streets last week to protest their president’s shelving of a treaty with the European Union, Kiselyov lambasted Sweden and Poland, accusing them of encouraging massive protests in Kiev to take reveng e for military defeats by czarist Russia centuries ago.

Kiselyov, who earned his degree in Scandinavian literature, rolled a clip of a Swedish children’s program called “Poop and Pee,” designed to teach children about their bodily functions. After the clip finished rolling, Kiselyov turned to the camera to suggest that this was the kind of European decadence awaiting Ukraine, if it signed a deal with the EU.

In Sweden there is “the radical growth of child abortions, early sex – the norm is nine years old, and at age 12 there is already child impotency,” he said after the clip rolled.

That reportage gained him few friends in Ukraine, where one man bounded over to hand “an Oscar for the nonsense and lies” of Dmitry Kiselyov to the state television correspondent standing on Kiev’s main square. He was brusquely pushed out of the shot before finishing his speech.

Kiselyov has also proven an avid attack dog on the issue of homosexuality, as international cr iticism over a Russian law banning gay “propaganda” reached a fever pitch this summer. The TV anchor said that homosexuals’ hearts should be buried or burned, and that gays should be banned from donating blood or organs, which were “unsuitable for the prolongation of anyone’s life.”

He has turned his guns as well on the Kremlin’s internal foes, airing critical accounts of opposition activists such as Alexei Navalny, who garnered nearly a third of the vote in an election for Moscow mayor in September. Kiselyov ran footage of Nazi marches, directly comparing the crowd’s adulation of Hitler to that of Navalny’s own audience: “A recognizable exultation, is it not?”

Russian media outlets speculated that the reshuffle was aimed at RIA Novosti’s former director, Svetlana Mironyuk, who presided over the company’s more objective coverage of massive anti-Putin protests sparked by a fraud-tainted parliamentary vote in 2011. While Mironyuk was said to be backed by some liber al figures in the Kremlin, that reportage received a more critical reception among its hawkish wing.

RIA Novosti’s relatively broad coverage – particularly in its foreign language services – was even on display in the report on its own dissolution that said the changes “appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.”

While officials have claimed that the move is simply an attempt to make the company run more efficiently, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov asserted the importance of the company’s new political message in comments on Monday: “Russia … strongly defends its national interests: it’s difficult to explain this to the world but we can do this, and we must do this.”

In 2005, RIA Novosti helped found Russia Today television, or RT, which now employs more than 1,000 people and broadcasts in English, Spanish and Arabic. It will remain separate from the revamped news agency, and Kiselyov will have no say in its operation.

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40 more reader comments:

  1. BOYCOTT anything having to do with the olympics….refuse to buy all products from Russia…crash servers at the Russian embassies with protest emails until this bastard stops his persecution of against gays….LOVE AND COURAGE TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN RUSSIA.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:24pm
  2. Dont be fooled….Putin will execute gays rather than treat them as human…..BOYCOTT SOCHI!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:25pm
  3. Geez Putin..what exactly is your damn problem?!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:29pm
  4. Get out a paper and pen and number 1 - 50!

    Replied on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:31pm
  5. …and this is a surprise? Propaganda requires a conspiracy, which Putin has built up for some time.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:30pm
  6. ..he has a guy complex..what ellse than that!?!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:31pm
  7. Putin must have gotten a cock-stand looking at some guy & is running scared.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:32pm
  8. Either that or trick he wanted turned him down ..

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:50am
  9. …and we have FOX news!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:45pm
  10. It’s past time for American Progressives like Thom Hartmann to sever ties with RT America, the Russian cable TV propaganda channel.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:59pm
  11. Surprised time for gays to take up the armed struggle just do like the Ukraine overthrow the government organize bring Russia into Europe support gay rights!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:00pm
  12. Putin is so afraid that people will discover that he is gay that he behaves like a traditional Republican senator or congressman and chases after and makes the lives of all gay people hell, so that no one will suspect the truth about his sexual preference. Putin needs to tell the truth about himself and the world of gay Russian women and men would all of a sudden get 100% better. If you are straight and you know it, what difference does it make what other people do with their time alone with each other? Putin needs to come out of the closet and declare that he is 1,000% gay, then all will be fine for the Olympics. By the way, let’s get Pussy Riot out of prison in time for Christmas!!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:03pm
  13. Thats the guy who said that gays should have their hearts burned after their deaths…

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:14pm
  14. Goebbels was in charge of PR for the Hitler Olympics, so this makes sense. What makes no sense is the International Olympic Committee.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:23pm
  15. And in other news, Putin is still doing what Putin does.

    This isn’t a surprise. What the fuck else sort of person would he put in charge of it? Duh?

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:44pm
  16. it just keeps getting worse for the LGBT people sooooo sad

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:06pm
  17. WHAT DID YOU EXSPECT!!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:13pm
  18. The stage is set. Just like when Hitler appointed Goebbels.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:30pm
  19. Can’t fix stupid

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:32pm
  20. Hitler Reincarnate…

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:46pm
  21. So we’re just gonna wait for WWIII where we nuke the crap out of each other to put a stop to this.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00pm
  22. How disgusting.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:03pm
  23. shes hideous.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:31pm
  24. BOYCOTT RUSSIA…

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:46pm
  25. Fuck an asshole.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8:01pm
  26. Honestly Fuck this News Anchor guy, Fuck Putin, And Fuck Russia for the people not standing up to this busllshit, I thought it would end as soon as it started but these motherfuckker are searious with this shit. This shit need to stop, like known…..!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8:06pm
  27. I Know That Journalist He Is Motherfucker Fucking Freaking Bastard!!!! All He said Is Blasphemy And Inhuman Against Gays. He Fucking Homophobe And He Is Not Worthy Eat Even Gays’ Shit! If There Is In This World, Real Men, It Is Only Gay Men! Gays Are Rule!!! I’M Girl That Loves Gays And I Hate It When Anybody Says Bad About My Lovely Gay Guys!! May All Homophobes Shut Up And Leave Gays The Hell Alone!! Gay Guys Forever, Man, Forever!!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8:49pm
  28. there are battles won and battles lost… I think this one is on pause.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:01pm
  29. Wow, just like the gestapo.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:07pm
  30. His head is shaped like a watermelon o.O Must be all that hate distorting it…

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:49pm
  31. jar head

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:00am
  32. Sounds like Putin has issues with own sexual orientation ..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:49am
  33. What if they threw a propaganda event and nobody watched?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:41am
  34. What a surprise. NOT

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:27am
  35. Just throwing your country further back into the dark ages. Get with the program.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:51am
  36. Putin is “putin” on an act.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:09pm
  37. World War III has just began. Look at Hitler’s tactics & you’ll see the same with Putin. The question is will every person in Russia go freely to their death or kicking & screaming. Putin is getting away with this crap because the people are brainwashed into that fear. Look at History.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:15pm
  38. Vladamir Putins’ Theme Song….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDMlk3kSYg

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:21pm
  39. Hitler all over again!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:01pm
  40. Russia is not ready to become a world power or leader.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:13pm