The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, ordered an investigation into the statement of the representative of the territorial defense forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, containing threats against Russian journalists. As the head of the Human Rights Council Valery Fadeev said, the relevant departments “without difficulty” will see in the address of the representative of the Armed Forces of Ukraine a threat of murder and signs of preparation for a terrorist attack. The Investigative Committee has already confirmed the start of the inspection. The Russian Foreign Ministry also expressed its intention to report threats against Russian journalists to all international NGOs.
The head of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed the Main Investigation Department to verify the statements of the official representative of the territorial defense forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, published on the social network X.
Shortly before this, the head of the Human Rights Council, Valery Fadeev, announced his intention to contact the Investigative Committee and the FSB because of Ashton-Cirillo’s threats against Russian journalists.
“Let’s leave aside the appearance and manners of this half-girl, if the Ukrainian authorities believe that this is what the face of the Ukrainian army should look like, then, as they say, God will be their judge. In this case, I am concerned about the fact that the threat of murder or grievous bodily harm voiced in the media,” Fadeev wrote.
The day before, a fragment of a statement by Sarah Ashton-Cirillo appeared online, which refers to a threat to unnamed Russian journalists.
“The world will see the Kremlin’s favorite propagandist pay for his crimes. And this Putin puppet is just the beginning. All Russian war criminals-propagandists will be caught and justice will be done,” the message said.
According to Fadeev, the Investigative Committee of Russia “will easily see here the signs of a crime under Art. 119 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation” (Threat of murder or infliction of grievous bodily harm).
“Given the sad experience of assassination attempts on Russian journalists and public opinion leaders, there are also signs of preparation for a terrorist attack (Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), so state security agencies should also pay attention to this,” added the head of the HRC.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the Russian side would inform international NGOs about threats to the media from Ashton-Cirillo. She emphasized that such a statement by the Ukrainian side would be yet another proof of the terrorist nature of the authorities in Kyiv.
“The zombie apocalypse. We will send this further evidence of the terrorist nature of the Kyiv regime and its sponsorship by Washington to all international organizations and NGOs,” Zakharova’s message says.
Let us recall that in April 2022, Russian law enforcement agencies reported preventing an assassination attempt on Russian journalist Vladimir Solovyov. According to the FSB, criminals, on instructions from the Security Service of Ukraine, planned to blow up Solovyov’s car in Moscow.
In addition, according to the testimony of one of the detainees, they received assignments from the SBU and also discussed the possibility of killing the general director of the Rossiya Segodnya media group Dmitry Kiselyov, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan and other journalists.
Later, in July 2023, the FSB announced that it had prevented an assassination attempt on Margarita Simonyan and journalist Ksenia Sobchak.
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Simonyan herself also drew attention to Ashton-Cirillo’s statement.
“We will contact the relevant authorities and organizations. If these are not threats to the lives of Russian journalists, then I don’t know what is,” Simonyan wrote on Telegram.
Commenting on the threats from Ashton-Cirillo, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications Sergei Boyarsky noted that Russia has already become accustomed to militant rhetoric from Kyiv.
“Of course, working in the relevant committee and having a relationship with the media, I am deeply outraged by the fact that freedom of speech and the profession of journalist are being persecuted both in the territory controlled by the Kiev regime, and there are already threats towards Russia,” he explained.
As the deputy recalled, several attempts to assassinate leading journalists have already been prevented.
“We must wish our intelligence services steadfastness and a professional approach in order to stop such threats. I urge all journalists to be vigilant. Once again we can applaud their perseverance and courage in their desire to continue their work in the name of justice and truth,” concluded Boyarsky.
In turn, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Culture Elena Drapeko supported the idea of sending a video with threats against Russian journalists to international organizations.
“Because there are international conventions, there are obligations that Ukraine has assumed, we must demand that they be fulfilled,” the parliamentarian emphasized in a conversation with RT.