Putin Crony Says He Drafted Russian ‘Kill List’ of Western Officials

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Russia's ill-fated invasion of Ukraine is spiraling at the seams, and leading Kremlin propagandists are unraveling with it. In the absence of good news from the front lines, Putin's regime is propagating other ideas for dealing with the self-inflicted catastrophe.
Prominent pundits, routinely seen on Kremlin-controlled state television, flatly reject the very idea of ​​negotiations, and none of them dare to suggest a Russian withdrawal from Ukraine to end the war. Instead, they double down - and propose killing leading Westerners responsible for helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian invasion.
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Yevgeny Satanovsky, one of Russia's most prominent pro-Putin propagandists, appeared on state TV show The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov on Tuesday night and proposed a deadly solution. Solovyov got to the point and asked Satanovsky: “How do we win? How should we react to the Americans? What should Russia do?”
Satanovsky, who is president of the Russian Institute for the Middle East after chairing the Russian-Jewish Congress, replied: “Russia is what it is in terms of a nation. We stay as we are. Those who are with us will be fine, and we will kill the rest... A relatively small group in charge of this camp acts against us - they are menacing and fear nothing. Since Gorbachev's time, when we started playing by their rules, they stopped fearing us. That is the main factor.”
Solovyov questioned whether he meant that the world's roughly 1.5 billion NATO-affiliated people should be massacred. Satanovsky elaborated: “There are not 1.5 billion people directing the process from the other side, but about one to two hundred. They should realize that when push comes to shove, it means their personal demise... You know I know these people. I know them all. I've seen them all. Just the understanding that they are personally coming to an end… only that will affect those people.”
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Satanovsky acknowledged having compiled a list of such names, and Solovyov promptly dubbed it "The Satanovsky List." The expert suspects: “In the book of life we ​​also create entries for ourselves. “The Satanovsky list”? Maybe. We should do things like that because any attempt to negotiate with [Volodymyr] Zelenskyj or Biden would be like making a deal with your killer.”
Satanovsky said he gets angry when people say peace is better than war. “No, peace is not better. There will be no peace. The goal of these people is that our country doesn't exist, that the people who live here don't exist and that even the language we speak is gone - or even a reminder that any of that ever existed," he said he. "They want to make an entry in an encyclopedia: 'There used to be Russians, there used to be Russia - but now it's gone.'"
Andrey Sidorov, deputy dean of world politics at Moscow State University, wholeheartedly agreed, noting that given Russia's recent annexations, the war is now taking place on what they consider to be the territory of the Russian Federation. Sidorov emphasized: “These are our defeats now, we are fighting on our land. Why should we show mercy to those who are waging this war?”
Indeed, humiliating failures on the battlefield are at the heart of Russia's desperate attempts to channel anger at NATO for helping Ukraine fight the invasion.
War correspondent Alexandr Sladkov, who appeared on Tuesday's state television program 60 Minutes, nonchalantly admitted that the Ukrainians were able to recapture 17 settlements - and counting. Sladkov also told a stunned host, Olga Skabeeva, that Russian forces are at least two months away from even attempting to advance due to a lack of manpower and the time it will take to train newly mobilized reinforcements.
Top Putin Crony admits they want to 'mourn and panic' over Ukraine
Devastated by the failed conquest of Ukraine, state TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov admitted he was in a bad mood and advocated reintroducing the death penalty to execute those who dare to retreat, surrender or desert.
On the Wednesday broadcast of Solovyov's show Solovyov Live, his pal Roman Golovanov interviewed war correspondent Alexander Kots, who stood atop the ruins of Svatove and reported: "The problem right now is that we don't have enough people on the front lines to contain them like that." big front... We just don't have physical forces which is the reason for these outages that we are seeing at the moment. A rather difficult period of military action is underway. There will be no good news from the Kherson region in the near future. Not everything is so great on the Lugansk front either.”
TV presenter Boris Korchevnikov, who appeared on the same show, broke down in tears and accused those who don't want to die in Russia's war of being "a zero, decay and garbage". While the distraught propagandist cried live on air and urged others to join the fight, he expressed no desire to do so himself.
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