Duma Deputy Pyotr Tolstoy: The West Has No Right to Teach Russia About Freedom of Speech

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The Vice Speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy stated during a session on November 20th that the West has no moral right to teach Russia about freedom of speech.


“Today our country, our media, and our citizens who are located abroad are systematically subjected to massive information attacks, lies, and slander. And these campaigns have only one purpose: to show Russia in the most bad light, thereby trying to justify their own attitude and their own often idiotic decisions in the form of, for example, sanctions. In reality, there is an information war,” noted Tolstoy.

“Today the influence that the press has on people’s minds is enormous, and we see and feel this more than ever. No courts cases, proof, or arguments are needed any more. It is possible to post any produced video on YouTube, and the whole world will sit and demand to punish an imaginary enemy,” he added.

“The head of ‘RIA Novosti Ukraine’ Kirill Vyshinsky has been behind bars for already half a year. The ‘Russia Today’ TV company is subjected to a mass of organised persecution. And these people (the western politicians) teach us about freedom of speech,” concluded the deputy.

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