Putin Ally Threatens to Kill German Journalist Reporting From Ukraine

Aleksey Zhuravlyov, a member of the Russian Duma and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, recently threatened to kill a German reporter who has been covering the Russia-Ukraine war.

Ever since Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Kremlin has cracked down on free press and free speech in Russia, with those voicing opposition to the war facing persecution. Meanwhile, Kremlin-backed television has become a key distributor of pro-war propaganda, often featuring threats against the West.

During an appearance on the Russian news show 60 Minutes, Zhuravlyov—the leader of the pro-Putin Rodina party—made a threat against Björn Stritzel, a reporter for German news outlet Bild, who has covered the war from Ukraine. A video of his remarks was posted to Twitter by journalist Julia Davis on Saturday, who monitors Russian propaganda.

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