Tolstoy’s great-grandson was allowed to appear on television. He laughed at them. And he thanked them for arranging Putin’s support

Tolstoy’s great-grandson was allowed to appear on television. He laughed at them. And he thanked them for arranging Putin’s support
Tolstoy’s great-grandson was allowed to appear on television. He laughed at them. And he thanked them for arranging Putin’s support
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The French news television and radio station BFM TV offered a Russian journalist to comment and discuss the result of the Russian presidential election in a live broadcast, which was won by Vladimir Putin. The Russian president won 88.5 percent on a 77.5 percent turnout.

Journalist, presenter and politician Pyotr Tolstoy spoke for French television not only about the Russian elections, but also about current events in Ukraine. This is not a coincidence of names, the Russian journalist is the great-grandson of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy – a Russian representative of literary realism, who is known for his novels War and Peace or Anna Karenina.

In 2016, Pyotr Tolstoy was elected to the State Duma – the lower house of the Russian Federal Assembly – for the Moscow district of Lublin for the United Russia political party, on which Vladimir Putin also relies for his political power. The party is chaired by the former president of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev.

The French presenter welcomed Pyotr Tolstoy to the television studio. “So the Tsar was re-elected. No opposition, no campaign. No surprise, right?” he began sharply from the start.

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Tolstoy first expressed his thanks via video link in fluent French. “I have to thank you because without your work in the last two years, the 75% participation would not have been possible. So thank you for everything you have done for Russia. Especially for all the nightmares you wake up in the studio by calling for communist-era demonstrations,” Tolstoy thanked French television, saying it was a shame that they were all obviously experts on communism.

Tolstoy would have continued to speak calmly, but the moderator stopped him and asked him if he was implying that “Western analyses” of Russian aggression in Ukraine provoked such a large turnout and election result in Russia.

“Definitely. Thanks to your policy, the absence of European sovereignty and the US policy supporting the Ukrainian neo-Nazi regime, the Russian people understood that this was a war for survival, and therefore went to the elections with a record turnout,” Tolstoy explained emphatically.

He added that the turnout of over 75 percent is high even by Russian standards, and that even abroad, where over 300,000 Russians live, it can be seen that they want to vote for Putin. He accused the station BFM TV of spreading propaganda.

The French moderator did not give up and asked if the high turnout numbers were really so deserved when three of Putin’s opponents support Putin and also support the war in Ukraine and the only credible opponent, Boris Nadezhdin, was disqualified from participating in the election by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation due to irregularities in the collected signatures required for candidacy.

Tolstoy countered that every country has its own history and democracy. “So our democracy in Russia is such that three representatives of parliamentary parties really support a special military operation in Ukraine, but the fact that Nadezhdin did not participate in the elections is his fault,” Tolstoy said, adding that Nadezhdin had already presented a list of signatures to the election commission deceased Russian citizens. Nadezhdin’s views on the war in Ukraine reportedly did not play a role. “You’d probably expect it, but we don’t eat children for breakfast. We have laws and therefore, under our legislation, a candidate who delivers the wrong votes to secure his seat does not participate in the election.”

Since the Russian election, the conversation has shifted to Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine. “If you want, we can call it a ‘war’ because today all NATO member states are participating in it. “Many civilians died today in the city of Belgorod due to the fact that the European Union supplies weapons to the Ukrainians,” said the Russian politician matter-of-factly.

According to him, the Ukrainians do not lack any missiles – “they fire them at the civilian population”.

“But don’t worry. The war will continue and we will achieve our goals,” Tolstoy warned the BFM TV studio. These goals mean the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine, as he subsequently explained. Russia’s goal is to continue to the Polish border.

Subsequently, Tolstoy commented on the scenario presented by French President Emmanuel Macron, according to which troops should be sent to Ukraine if Russia approaches Kiev or Odessa. According to Tolstoy, this idea would not go well for France, the French would return in coffins: “For the French, Macron’s rhetoric about sending foreign troops to Odessa has a price, because when they come back in coffins hung with tricolor flags, I don’t think the French will be your president’s enthusiasm for the idea.’

The moderator paused over this statement. “Is this a threat?” he asked.

“No, it’s reality,” replied Tolstoy. “It is the fate of all NATO equipment and all NATO troops in Ukraine.”

According to Tolstoy, Russia is not afraid of foreign soldiers. The journalist is only concerned that it will shake the public opinion of French society, but it will clearly “end up in coffins at the Paris airport”.

One of the members of the French TV studio objected that it should be mentioned that at this moment Ukraine has not yet lost the war.

Tolstoy smiled condescendingly. “No, but Ukraine completely lost the initiative after the disastrous defeat last summer. So the Russians have the upper hand and we will proceed step by step. There is no hurry,” he laughed at the French. “The election result proves that we are on the right track.”

The Russian politician refused to state the exact numbers of Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory. He only mentioned that over 400,000 Ukrainians had died in Ukraine during the two years of ongoing “special operations”, as he continued to refer to the war, and that Russia intends to raise this number even further. “You are pushing the Ukrainians into absolutely hopeless resistance,” Tolstoy uttered the last accusation.

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