President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhelensky Following an attempt by the Kremlin to block an interview he gave about the Russians, he accused Moscow of being “intimidated” by “truth-telling” journalists. War in Ukraine.
Moscow’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor on Sunday issued a statement warning of Russian news. Sales outlets Against the rebroadcast or distribution of interviews between Zelensky and some of Russia’s leading independent journalists.
“Roskomnadzor warns the Russian media not to publish this interview,” the company said in a statement. “The media conducting the interviews will be scrutinized to determine the extent of the responsibility and the correct response to be taken.”
Journalists who interviewed Zhelensky were Ivan Kolpakov of Medusa, a Latvia – based website, Vladimir Solovyov of the Moscow newspaper Kommersant, Digon Dijatko of the recently closed TV shower, and celebrity writer Mikhail Ziegler. Novaya Gazeta author Dmitry MuradovThe winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize submitted questions to Zhelensky prior to the interview.
Some of the participating outlets have been formally named “foreign agents” by the Russian government, Roskomnadzor said in a statement on the social media processor Telegram. On Monday, the Novaya Gazette announced it Stop publishing online and in print Following the controller’s warning.
During the interview, Zhelensky harshly criticized Moscow Possible deal discussed To end the war. He said Ukraine was ready to accept neutral non-nuclear status.
Zhelensky said on Sunday that Moscow was “scared” to see the truth.
“[They] Freedom of speech was destroyed in their state – [and are] Trying to destroy the neighboring state. They portray themselves as global players. They are afraid of having a relatively short conversation with many journalists, ”he said in a video conference.
“Well, if there is such a reaction – we are doing everything right. [It] That means they’re nervous, “Zhelensky added.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN on Monday that Russia was not afraid.
“We have laws, and it is important not to divulge information that violates these laws,” Peskov added.
In the weeks since President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has cracked down on the independent media, and many Russian journalists have fled their home country. Access to foreign media, such as the BBC, is restricted.
Russian lawmakers have also been accused of spreading “fake” information that could denigrate the Russian armed forces or call for sanctions against the country.