The Russian ambassador in Rome has filed a complaint against the newspaper “La Stampa”. In an article this week, the Turin-based newspaper presented a scenario in which Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin is assassinated by one of his confidants to end the war in Ukraine. The journalist named pros and cons, drafted forecasts for the time to come, and placed the tyrannicide in a historical context.
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Ambassador Sergei Razov filed a complaint with the Rome prosecutor’s office on Friday morning for inciting and supporting a crime. “The text contemplates the assassination of Putin,” the diplomat told reporters, according to a translator. “This is unethical, immoral and against the rules of journalism.” He now trusts an investigation by the Italian justice.
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The newspaper and politicians harshly condemned the process. Stampa’s editor-in-chief, Massimo Giannini, praised a “wonderful” article by a renowned war reporter, who concluded that Putin’s assassination could make matters worse.
That is exactly the opposite of what Ambassador Rasow accuses the newspaper. “But that is Russia today,” Giannini said. (dpa)