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Creator of Quirky Movement Defends Kremlin Propagandist

Written by Andrey Tselikov On 28 March 2014 @ 5:44 am | No Comments

In Arts & Culture, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Eastern & Central Europe, English, Freedom of Speech, International Relations, Media & Journalism, Protest, Quick Reads, RuNet Echo, Russia, Russian

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A “Monstration” demonstrator in Novosibirsk, in 2011.

Artyom Loskutov, creator of the popular counter-culture art movement “Monstration” [see Global Voices report [2]], made waves on RuNet by signing a letter in support of Dmitry Kiselyov, a journalist who many consider to be Putin's chief propagandist. Loskutov was one of several dozen Russian journalists who signed the letter [3] [ru], which asks pointed questions about recent EU sanctions imposed against Kiselyov [4], and whether such sanctions constitute an attack on free speech.

Loskutov works for TV Rain, an opposition TV station currently facing financial difficulties because of censorship, and so seems like an odd candidate to voice support for Kiselyov. Popular photo-blogger Rustem Adagamov even tweeted [5][ru] that he wants to cancel his subscription to TV Rain and get his money back because of Loskutov's position. Loskutov defended himself in a Facebook post [6] [ru], saying that his signature was not in support of Kiselyov, but rather in support of the principle of free speech and the rights of journalists. Many of his readers argued that free speech should not apply to “propagandists” like Kiselyov, launching personal attacks against Loskutov and continuing a long tradition of Russian liberal intelligentsia seeking out fifth columnists in their own ranks.


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[1] Image: http://photopolygon.com/posts/21490

[2] Global Voices report: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/03/absurdity-takes-to-the-streets-in-russia/

[3] letter: http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=1413551

[4] EU sanctions imposed against Kiselyov: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3af01860-b111-11e3-9f6f-00144feab7de.html

[5] tweeted : https://twitter.com/adagamov/status/449209470732996608

[6] Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/artemloskutov/posts/10202650621482235

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