Russian envoy sues Italian newspaper over Putin assassination article – POLITICO

Russia’s ambassador to Italy announced on Friday that he is suing La Stampa after alleging the newspaper published an article promoting violence against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking through a translator, Sergey Razov accused the newspaper of “promoting and condoning a crime.” Reuters reportedto La Stampa released a March 22 article entitled “Ukraine-Russia War: When Killing Putin Is the Only Way Out” — allegations its editor-in-chief firmly denies.

The article, an analysis of whether Putin’s assassination would be a good thing morally and practically, is ambiguous and ceases to call for the assassination of the Russian leader. While the author, Domenico Quirico, discusses various scenarios for Putin’s assassination, he also argues that killing a “dictator” bears similarities to “terrorist practices” and suggests that doing so could “start a worse mess”.

But the Russian ambassador slammed the article. “It goes without saying that this is outside the ethics and morals and rules of journalism.” called Razov when he left the prosecutor’s office in Rome.

“I have been working in Italy for eight years… we have made great efforts to build bridges, strengthen ties in business, culture and other fields – but unfortunately everything has now been turned upside down,” he added.

The editor-in-chief of La Stampa defended himself against Razov’s allegations a video released later on Friday. Massimo Giannini said his newspaper would not learn lessons from Russia, noting: “We love freedom, we will continue to defend it despite all threats and all intimidation because we know we are on the right side of history.”

Giannini argued that the article only stated that the assassination of the Russian president emerges – even among governments – as a possible solution to the current crisis, and said that the main thrust of the story was “exactly the opposite” of what Razov said, as it ended killing Putin would make matters worse.

While previous Italian leaders including Silvio Berlusconi enjoyed cordial relations with Putin, current Prime Minister Mario Draghi has taken a more pro-NATO line after taking office in 2021. Russian envoy sues Italian newspaper over Putin assassination article - POLITICO

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