Patriarch of All Russia hands out award to country’s main propagandist

Distinguished journalists working for Russia’s state-run media were awarded by Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Monday. Dmitry Kiselyov, a journalist who is often accused of fuelling anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western hysteria, is one of the awardees.

Dmitry Kiselyov gained notoriety after he became an anchorman at Sunday’s news program on TV channel Rossiya 1. In his interpretation broadcasting news turns into shows of hatred in which he charged the Ukrainians and Western countries with intentional homicide and threatened the USA with ‘nuclear apocalypse’. For his ‘loyalty’ he was promoted to Director of international informational agency Russia Today.

On the occasion of Kiselyov’s sixtieth anniversary patriarch Kirill gave him the Order of St Sergius of Radonezh for his ‘work for the benefit of the Church and Motherland’.

Oleg Dobrodeyev, Director of All-Russia TV and Radio Company, became another awardee. Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24, the channels he is responsible for, are main contributors to Russia’s versatile and subversive propaganda attacking Ukraine and the West.

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