From pushing propaganda to advocating war crimes, the Russian embassy has no place in the UK

What upsides are there in return for the many downsides of playing host to this poisonous institution?

What exactly is the point of the Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom? It’s tempting to compare Vladimir Putin’s emissary to these islands to the appendix – an organ which once had a purpose, but has long since ceased to be useful.

That’s unfair – the appendix, at least, is simply functionless and neutral for most of the time, and only rarely malignant, unlike the inhabitant of the Russian embassy, for whom doing active harm to his host is a permanent task.

Enthusiasm for tyranny is obviously a fundamental requirement for the job. The Kremlin is not in the habit of appointing spokespeople who dislike parroting untruths or excusing the intimidation and murder of its critics.

In Russia’s broad-spectrum war against the west and our values, the information war has become increasingly important – and the role of ambassador to a prominent opponent is important and public-facing.

In recent years, the role has required an ever more brassy neck, given Russia’s deployment of radiological weapons on the streets of London, its murderous use of nerve agents in Salisbury, and its bloody assaults on allies including Ukraine.

Particularly since the ban on Russia Today, the embassy has become this country’s premier source of Kremlin propaganda, shamelessly pumping out lies, apologism and conspiracy theories to try to justify, or failing that, obscure the actions of its tyrannical government.

Diplomacy may be “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country”, as the waspish aphorist Ambrose Bierce put it, but the Russian foreign service has taken the slogan to obscene new depths.

Most recently, the embassy took to Twitter not simply to excuse or deny the war crimes of Russian troops in Ukraine, but actively to advocate for them, declaring on Friday:

“#Azov militants deserve execution, but death not by firing squad but by hanging, because they’re not real soldiers. They deserve a humiliating death. A married couple from #Mariupol tell how they were shelled by [Ukrainian] forces from #Azovstal. #StopNaziUkraine”

The tweet linked to an accompanying propaganda video, featuring those claims.

It’s perfectly clear what this means – the embassy was openly advocating the murder, by hanging, of Ukrainian prisoners of war. A war crime.

Russia, remember, defines all Ukrainian soldiers as “militants” and extremists, and falsely slurs the entire Ukrainian nation – military and civilian – as carrying the taint of Nazism. This whole, vile war was justified in the first place by the lie that Ukraine requires “denazification”, and Kremlin propagandists appear routinely on state television seeking to outbid one another in how far they can go to dehumanise Ukrainians and justify their extermination. These are not simply words, they are the mission statement of an invasion which is followed through on the ground by the same military which carried out mass murder and atrocities in Bucha and elsewhere.

We already know that these and other crimes are being committed against Ukrainian POWs. Videos have emerged in recent days of Ukrainian troops appearing to be beheaded, castrated, tortured and summarily shot.

There is mounting evidence that the prison in Olenivka, which was full of captured Ukrainian personnel, was destroyed by the Russian authorities who then sought to blame the explosion on its opponents – a favoured tactic of the Kremlin since at least the Katyn massacre in 1940.

Putin’s puppets in the so-called Donetsk “People’s Republic” are currently planning to murder two British-born Ukrainian marines – Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner – on the justification of a farcical show trial.

So while the Russian embassy has since tried to explain away its tweet as an innocent “quote” (an embassy press office line repeated, shockingly, by the Metropolitan Police at one pointin response to people reporting the post), this is transparent nonsense.

We should judge the Russian state by its actions – the slaughter, the murder, the rape, the torture, and the wholesale attempt to annihilate a nation for the sin of wanting to choose a future of freedom rather than under Putin’s boot.

When they say in London that they want to murder people, while visibly murdering people on the ground in Ukraine, let’s believe them: the Russian ambassador is the representative of bloody and criminal tyranny, not a misunderstood victim of a failure to place quote marks correctly.

What, then, is the purpose of allowing him and his colleagues to stay here?

The idea of diplomatic relations with Russia is a sick joke when they use the housewe provide to work against our interest and propagandise for the murder of our friends. Such agreements as Russian diplomats do make are not worth the paper they are written on – as evidenced by the missile strike on Odessa’s port straight after signing an agreement to allow Ukrainian grain exports to resume.

What upsides are there in return for the many downsides of playing host to this poisonous institution? I can think of none whatsoever. The embassy’s most recent outrage ought to be its last – the time is long overdue for the ambassador and his colleagues to be expelled.

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/russian-embassy-uk-propaganda-advocating-war-crimes-1773348?ITO=newsnow

3 comments

  1. Excellent article that poses one main question. Why is the UK government allowing this filth to continue living in London, spouting it’s vile propaganda and hate speech? It can’t be diplomacy, because the orcs never had any, so what is the reason?

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    • I published an interview that Clive Myrie did with that nazi fiend. Subhuman scum as evil as that have no place in Britain. Or anywhere that agrees that genocide is evil.
      Ukraine, plus its top allies, must simultaneously break off ALL diplomatic, trade and cultural relations for the next 100 years.

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