Andrei Norkin: “I don’t want to go to prison” – the Russian presenter is silent about the retreat

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Andrei Norkin“I don’t want to go to jail” – the Russian presenter is silent about the retreat

Russian TV presenter Andrej Norkin refused to assess the withdrawal of troops from Kherson in front of the camera – because he does not want to be subject to criminal prosecution.

Russian TV presenter Andrej Norkin refused to assess the withdrawal of troops from Kherson in front of the camera – because he does not want to be subject to criminal prosecution.

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It’s about it

  • Due to state laws, journalists and TV presenters can hardly be critical of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • Andrej Norkin therefore refused to comment on the Russian withdrawal from Kherson on television.

  • Since the start of the war, Russia has continued to restrict press freedom, and critics of the Kremlin face lengthy prison terms.

Russian TV presenter Andrei Norkin caused a stir with a remarkable appearance on his TV show. In it, he refuses to comment on the current The situation of the Russian armed forces available in Ukraine. Norkin justifies his move by saying that he does not want to go to prison. He explains matter-of-factly and calmly that otherwise he risks prison.

“I won’t tell you about it”

The background of the bizarre scenes is what has been announced Withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson. Norkin says in the video, “If you’re expecting me to explain what I think about this situation, I’m not going to tell you anything and explain why. If I support the decision and say that the defense minister is doing the right thing when he withdraws troops, then I am publicly calling for a violation of Russia’s territorial integrity.” Norkin would then face several years in prison, he states.

“On the other hand, if I don’t support the decision and say that the Ministry of Defense did something wrong, then I publicly discredit the military.” It can be several years in prison. Not wanting to go to jail, Norkin gracefully pulls his head out of the noose and says, “So now we’ll look at the post and then I’ll turn it over to our esteemed experts.”

Norkin skilfully extricates himself from the affair by remaining silent while pointing out how the hands of non-state TV presenters are tied when it comes to reporting on the war.

Freedom of the press is severely restricted in Russia

Press freedom in Russia has been further curtailed since the start of the war, and many broadcasters and media outlets have been banned since 2014, leaving almost all national media outlets reporting pro-government positions. Critical Russian media reports on impending high penalties from exile. Opposition members are being arrested again and again, and the invasion of Ukraine still cannot be officially called a “war”.

Only in October is the Moscow property of a TV celebrity and former presidential candidate Xenia Sobtschak shortly before its media director was arrested. Former Russian editor of Russian state television, known for her criticism of the war Marina Ovsyannikova now, according to her lawyer, she has fled abroad. She was threatened with several years in prison in Russia. Despite restrictions on press freedom, they also express themselves TV presenters in Russia increasingly critical of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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