Posted on Mar 30, 2021
Moscow police are inspecting prominent talk show host Vladimir Solovyov’s remarks calling Adolf Hitler as “personally a very brave man” who “fought honourably in the First World War.” Russia's RBC news website reported on Monday.
The Interior Ministry's northern Moscow department said it had asked the state-run media holding All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) for copies of Solovyov’s show that aired last month, RBC reported.
Solovyov, pictured above interviewing Vladimir Putin, who is often described as a Kremlin propagandist, had been comparing Hitler to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whom he disparaged as a “codpiece Fuhrer.”
The glorification of Nazism is a criminal offence in Russia punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years, it is unclear whether the authorities will prosecute the popular pro-Kremlin media personality.
Solovyov previously dismissed the accusations and clarified his comments, saying “Hitler’s personal courage was not an excuse for his actions.”
Latvia, a former Soviet satellite state and a current European Union member, banned Solovyov’s entry into the country shortly after the live broadcast on February 15th.
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