It takes some courage to ask this question to one of the most powerful people in the world, also known as the Evil. ABC News correspondent Rachel Scott confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin at Wednesday’s closing press conference with harsh words about his campaign against political opponents: “My question, Mr. President, what are you afraid of?”
This is after Scott accused the Russian governor in front of the cameras in the presence of world media: “The list of your political opponents who are dead, imprisoned or imprisoned is long.” Now, also make sure that anyone who supports imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, 45, can run for office.
Putin reacted without looking a little embarrassed. He described the now-banned Nawalani organization as “extremist”. She called for mass unrest – and Putin immediately tried to turn the tables.
Putin throws the ball back
Putin referred to the “Black Lives Matter” protests in the United States last year, which caused “chaos” and “destruction”. Russia has “sympathy” with the United States and does not want such abuses to occur within its borders.
Journalist Scott insisted, denying Putin’s evasive maneuver and bluntly telling him, “You didn’t answer my question, sir. If all your political opponents died in prison and were poisoned — wouldn’t that send the message that you will not tolerate a just political struggle?”
Once again, Putin, who repeatedly bit his lip, turned the tables. He noted the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, and reminded that Americans would be no less concerned with the insurgents. Putin said they are called “domestic terrorists”.
The Kremlin chief could not guarantee that Navalny would remain in custody
Putin responded to journalist Scott, saying: “On the question of who kills whom and who throws whom to prison, people have stormed the US Congress with political demands. They face prison terms of up to 20, maybe 25 years.”
Last week, a Russian court declared two organizations linked to Navalny to be “extremist”. The United States condemned Russia over the court ruling. This means that Navalny’s supporters cannot stand for election.
US President Joe Biden (78) also spoke to the media about Navalny, the man that Putin apparently did not allow himself to talk about in summit talks: “If Alexei Navalny dies in prison,” Biden said, “the consequences will be dire for Russia.” A few days before the summit, Putin said that Navalny was treated no worse than other prisoners. But Putin did not want to ensure that Navalny came out of prison alive, and the head of the Kremlin said: “Such decisions are not made by the president in this country.” (Bag)