NYT’s Russia Job Posting ‘Russophobic,’ Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Says

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has slammed The New York Times’ job posting for a Russia correspondent, criticizing it for “political bias” and “Russophobia.”

In its description for the job posted early last week, The New York Times lists its requirements for an ideal candidate along with a description of the job’s location, “Vladimir Putin’s Russia.” 

“It sends out hit squads armed with nerve agents against its enemies, most recently the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny,” the description reads. “It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa.”

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova slammed the job description in a Facebook post on Sunday, accusing the newspaper of “Russophobia” and expressing concern for The New York Times’ Russia-based staff. 

“Does the newspaper even have the right to risk the life of a correspondent by sending them to work in such inhuman conditions?” Zakharova wrote. 

She then implied that Russian authorities responsible for issuing visas and accreditations to foreign journalists could prohibit their entry to Russia altogether as a way to ensure their safety. 

“American journalists’ lives also matter, even if they work for The New York Times,” the spokeswoman said. 

Zakharova advised The New York Times to limit its operations to the U.S., saying its journalists don’t need to be physically present in Russia to “spread lies.”

Referencing Nietzsche, she said that “the American press has been fighting the ‘monster’ for so long that it did not notice that it became the monster itself.”

Zakharova has made a number of controversial social media statements in the past. In September, President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were forced to apologize to Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic after Zakharova made a Facebook post appearing to mock the Russia-allied nation’s leader. 

(c) The Moscow Times

7 comments

  • “It sends out hit squads armed with nerve agents against its enemies, most recently the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny,” the description reads. “It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa.”

    I see no Russophobia here, just the truth about Muscovy.

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    • Hearing criticism from the Putin regime saying the US shows “political bias” and “Russophobia.” is a laugh. First of all, Russia is not a political party or even an ideology, it is just Putinism which is most likely a mental handicap if anything.
      Secondly, Russophobia would infer a fear of Russians and if that were true there would be no Russia.
      Then the rusty bike says, “Does the newspaper even have the right to risk the life of a correspondent by sending them to work in such inhuman conditions?” She is straight-up admitting Moskovia is dangerous to Westerners. Every once in a while, like a broken watch, she stumbles across the truth by accident.

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  • Prostitution should be illegal in RuSSia, then Putin would be totally lonely.

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  • Lol, another round of tearjerking from the crime syndicate.
    Good job, NYT. You were not shy to write the truth and this hurts those idiots in Moscow all the time.

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