RussiaJanuary 23 2023, 8:18 am

Putin Ally Tells Russian Troops Russia is Fighting a “Holy War” Against Satanism

US media is report­ing that what is described as a “Krem­lin pro­pa­gan­dist” has giv­en a talk to Russ­ian troops repeat­ing the recent Russ­ian accu­sa­tions that Rus­sia is fight­ing “Satanism” in Ukraine in the form of homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. Accord­ing to the Newsweek report, the remarks were made by Vladimir Solovy­ov, a Russ­ian state TV pre­sen­ter said to be an ally of Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

Jan­u­ary 19, 2023 In a seg­ment that recent­ly aired on Russ­ian state TV showed Krem­lin pro­pa­gan­dist Vladimir Solovy­ov giv­ing a pep talk to troops, say­ing that Rus­sia is fight­ing a “holy war” against “Satanism.” Rossiya‑1 host Solovy­ov, an ally of Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, replayed his vis­it to Russ­ian troops, show­ing both him and a com­man­der named Magomed Khi­tanaev speak­ing to a group of men fight­ing in Ukraine The first to speak in the clip, which was post­ed to Twit­ter by Dai­ly Beast colum­nist and Russ­ian Media Mon­i­tor cre­ator Julia Davis, was Khi­tanaev, who gave a lengthy speech in which he made mul­ti­ple homo­pho­bic attacks.  “We’re on the side of God! We are defend­ing divine laws. We are defend­ing our faith. We’re ask­ing: Oh Ukraini­ans, why did you per­mit gay parades in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Ode­sa?” Khi­tanaev said. “Why did you per­mit it? Why did­n’t you come out against them, against your gov­ern­ment that was over­tak­en by fas­cists? With­out shame before God, peo­ple, they are open­ly, man­i­fest­ly spread­ing their filth.”


The com­man­der went on to say that Pope Fran­cis “offi­cial­ly legal­ized same-sex mar­riage” and “sex change.” .…… “What is this? The Roman Pope offi­cial­ly opened the tem­ple of Satan,” Khi­tanaev told the Russ­ian sol­diers. “That’s why they are on the side of Satan. And we are on the side of God.” He added: “We are defend­ing divine laws. Our spir­it can’t be bro­ken. Right now, we’re wag­ing the holy jihad, the holy war.” Solovy­ov chimed in, say­ing “we con­tin­ue on through our chil­dren.” “What kind of chil­dren do they have if men sleep with men?” he asked the Russ­ian troops.

Read the rest here.

On 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, a day before the 2022 Russ­ian inva­sion of Ukraine, Solovy­ov was sanc­tioned by the Euro­pean Union. and His vil­la on Lake Como in Italy was lat­er seized by Ital­ian authorities.

The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed last week on the Russ­ian claim that on the eve of Ortho­dox Christ­mas, Ukrain­ian spe­cial forces dug up graves in the Kharkiv region for use in accus­ing Rus­sia of tor­tur­ing civil­ians. We report­ed last Novem­ber that Rus­sia was refram­ing its jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the inva­sion of Ukraine by mov­ing away from “denaz­i­fi­ca­tion” to the “com­plete de-Sataniza­tion” of Ukraine. The above report is con­sis­tent with this theme.

GIOR report­ed last Decem­ber that Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin had signed into law the bill that expands a ban on so-called LGBTQ “pro­pa­gan­da” in Rus­sia. GIOR first report­ed on the new leg­is­la­tion in ear­ly Novem­ber 20222 when Russ­ian oli­garch Kon­stan­tin Mal­ofeyev told a Duma hear­ing that pass­ing the law would be part of Rus­si­a’s war effort in Ukraine.

Putin has long been known for his desire to become the ide­o­log­i­cal cen­ter of a Glob­al Nation­al Con­ser­v­a­tive (GNCA) alliance described in a GIOR report as follows:

Russ­ian Pres­i­dent PUTIN has expressed an inter­est in Rus­sia becom­ing the ide­o­log­i­cal cen­ter of a new glob­al con­ser­v­a­tive alliance, and Euro­pean far-right lead­ers have tak­en pro-Russ­ian posi­tions based on a sim­i­lar ide­ol­o­gy. Hun­gary is at the cen­ter of a devel­op­ing alliance between Euro­pean far-right nation­al­ists and Amer­i­can con­ser­v­a­tives that Rus­sia could poten­tial­ly exploit for use in infor­ma­tion war­fare. This alliance oper­ates under the rubric of “Nation­al Con­ser­vatism,” cen­tered on nation­al sov­er­eign­ty, cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty, and oppo­si­tion to glob­al insti­tu­tions and rep­re­sent­ing a poten­tial­ly rad­i­cal change for the US con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment away from long-held Rea­gan-era philosophies.

Read the full report here.

GIOR report­ed in late Octo­ber that Putin had once again deliv­ered a speech in which he exten­sive­ly ref­er­enced so-called “cul­ture war” themes com­mon­ly espoused by rightwing/conservative West­ern ele­ments. In his remarks,  Putin referred to “strange, in my opin­ion, new­fan­gled trends like dozens of gen­ders and gay pride parades.”

Oppo­si­tion to “gen­der ide­ol­o­gy” is a cen­tral issue for the GNCA, and GIOR has also report­ed on the role played by the Math­ias Corv­i­nus Col­legium (MCC), a Hun­gar­i­an edu­ca­tion facil­i­ty sup­port­ed by the Orban gov­ern­ment, in dis­sem­i­nat­ing Russ­ian-style anti-LGBTQ pro­pa­gan­da. We have also report­ed on the new Ital­ian far-right Prime Min­is­ter Gior­gia Mel­oni and the anti-gay posi­tions of her and her coali­tion partners.




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