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TV Anchor Implies Threat to U.S.

Published: March 19, 2014 (Issue # 1802)



  • Kiselyov speaking on his news program on state television on Sunday.
    Photo: Rossia 1

An anchor on state-run television threatened that Russia could turn the U.S. into radioactive ashes and showed a simulation of a Russian nuclear strike during his program on the U.S. response to Russias interference in Ukraine.

Dmitry Kiselyov, who hosts a current affairs talk show on the Rossiya television network and heads a new Kremlin-backed news agency, accused U.S. President Barack Obama of supposedly dithering in talks with President Vladimir Putin, and suggested on his Sunday program that the U.S. leader was intimidated by his Kremlin opponent, who is not an easy one.

And Russia is the only country that could really turn the U.S. into radioactive ashes, Kiselyov said, against the backdrop of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear blast appearing on a huge screen behind him.

Kiselyov also suggested that threats of a nuclear strike were coming from the Kremlin.

I do not know if this is a coincidence or what, but here was Obama calling Putin on Jan. 21 probably, again trying to pressure somehow and the very next day, on Jan. 22, the official media outlet of the Russian government ran an article that spelled out in simple terms how our system of nuclear response works, he said.

While Kiselyovs comment suggested that Obamas Jan. 21 call had to do with the Ukrainian crisis, an earlier statement from the White House said the U.S. leader spoke to Putin on that day to wish him a safe and secure Olympics in Sochi.

The Kremlin has unleashed a large-scale propaganda war over Moscows takeover of Crimea and the peninsulas referendum on Sunday, in which more than 90 percent of voters cast supported seceding from Ukraine to Russia, according to preliminary results released by Crimeas pro-Russian administration.

The promotion by state-run television of the Kremlins views has also helped Putins approval ratings in the country to soar to 72 percent this month, a recent survey by the Levada pollster showed.

The poll, conducted on March 7-10 among 1,603 people around Russia, gave a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.





 


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Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


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Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


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Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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