Vladimir Putin has done a very good job of removing adversarial coverage from the airways in the Russian Federation. Apparently, Russia wants to shut down the U.S. independent media as well, and some things that have been said at the State Department and on Fox News have angered Russian lawmakers who are not used to having their actions questioned.
The Moscow Times reports:
A Russian lawmaker has penned a letter to U.S. Ambassador John Tefft recommending that the U.S. State Department and other federal agencies conduct psychological analyses and drugs tests on their employees.
Oleg Mikheyev, a deputy with the party A Just Russia, said he acted after U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki “ignorantly” suggested that the presence of Russian aircraft in Vietnam could destabilize the region, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.
Mikheyev also took issue with comments made by former U.S. Army Major General Robert Scales, who told Fox Business News in an on-air interview last week that the only way the United States could “turn the tide in Ukraine” was to start “killing so many Russians that even [President Vladimir] Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the Motherland in body bags.” The Investigative Committee announced Thursday it had launched a criminal case against Scales in connection with his remarks.
“In order to improve the international dialogue between Russia and the U.S., we consider it necessary for U.S. bodies to analyze civil servants for the presence of mental disorders (including disorders of perception, obsessions), alcohol and substance abuse,” Mikheyev was cited as writing.
The political atmosphere in Moscow is toxic after the murder of Putin opponent Boris Nemtsov. The disappearance of Vladimir Putin for over ten days recently with no explanation has heightened this feeling of uncertainty in the Russian capital.
Many think he is being pushed out by more nationalistic, anti-Western forces who could present an even more diabolical Russia to NATO. So it seems natural that a member of this group of hardliners would like to influence, or threaten, the media in the West as well.
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