Russian Broadcaster Suspends Presenter for 'Disgusting' Remarks

RT's Anton Krasovsky said Ukrainian children should have been drowned or burned
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2022 4:00 PM CDT

It's not exactly unusual to hear anti-Ukrainian sentiments expressed on state-controlled Russian broadcaster RT, but Anton Krasovsky went way too far with remarks editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan called "wild and disgusting." In an interview broadcast last week, Krasovsky called for the burning and drowning of Ukrainian children and joked about Ukrainian grandmothers being raped, the BBC reports. Krasovsky, RT's director of Russian-language broadcasting, has been suspended, and Russian authorities are looking into whether his remarks broke the law.

Krasovsky made the remarks during an interview with science fiction writer Sergei Lukyanenko, who told him that when he visited Ukraine in the 1980s, children told him they would be better off if their country wasn't occupied by people from Moscow, RFE reports. Krasovsky, a firm supporter of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, told Lukyanenko the children should have been drowned in a river. "Just drown those children, drown them," he said, or "they could be shoved into huts and burned." Ukraine's foreign minister called the remarks incitement of genocide and urged countries that haven't already banned RT to do so, the Guardian reports.

Krasovsky apologized Monday, saying he got "carried away" during the broadcast and was "truly embarrassed." RT's presenters and guests regularly dismiss evidence of Russian atrocities and express strong support for the war. London-based Russian activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky accused its editor-in-chief of hypocrisy, reports the BBC. "Margarita Simonyan no longer wants to cooperate with Anton Krasovsky, who calls for the killing of Ukrainian children," he tweeted. "But Margarita Simonyan wants to cooperate with Putin, who kills Ukrainian children." (More Russia-Ukraine war stories.)

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