Russian news agency TsargradTV, which supports Vladimir Putin, has claimed Britain is on the brink of cannibalism over the cost of living crisis it says has been caused by its support for Ukraine
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Britain is in such dire straits from the cost of living crisis that Russian propaganda says it is on the verge of resorting to cannibalism.
TsargradTV — owned by Vladimir Putin-supporting businessman Konstantin Malofeev — has attributed the troubles in the UK to its support of sanctions against Moscow during its invasion of Ukraine.
The outlet describes Russia and Belarus as the world’s “biggest suppliers of food and fertilizers,” and as they are hampered by economic penalties imposed by Western powers, Brits and others are starving.
It quotes a Sunday Times column by Jeremy Clarkson earlier this month, in which the farmer-turned TV host jokes it’s only a matter of time before “people eat their neighbors”.
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Using the article as a source, the Russian propaganda channel said – in a rough translation into English – “journalists are beginning to say horrible things out loud, reminding them of the danger of cannibalism”.
Posted on Monday with a photo of two cavemen standing next to a Union Jack bunting ZargradTV Story titled “Cold, Hunger, Cannibalism: London Fell Into Its Own Ukrainian Pit” and claims to publish “No Malice. Just Facts”.
“Things are not going well in Britain,” it begins.
“While politicians are playing into the Ukraine crisis, the country’s own population is preparing for starvation.”
It goes on to say: “Europe is experiencing a price explosion and politicians are talking about the danger of mass starvation. A state of emergency is being declared in some UK cities due to food shortages.”
The UK is indeed facing an astronomical rise in the cost of living, particularly energy prices, due in part to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Energy regulator Ofgem has warned average energy bills will rise by a further £800 to £2,800 in October – leaving many of the hardest-hit families to choose between heating and eating.
TsargradTV has used an exaggerated portrayal of the crisis to rally support for its stuttering invasion of Ukraine, which the article claims is a “special operation” as rumored by the Kremlin.
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It claims that the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia have merely “destroyed supply chains” to its own people.
It seems to be paraphrasing a section Clarkson’s Times column of May 15, in which he warns that the food supply could be drastically affected by the reduction in grain and the increase in fertilizer costs.
However, it takes it completely literally.
He wrote: “Politicians say they are ‘monitoring’ the situation, which means they are not doing anything at all, but one day they will have to because although people can live without heat or clothing or even sex, they cannot live without food.
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“Hunger makes people eat their neighbors.”
He went on to warn that the war could result in around 20 percent less food being produced around the world, partly due to the volume of wheat exports from Ukraine and Russia.
He added: “That’s exactly what Putin wants. Sure, the war in Ukraine may result in him gaining just a tiny piece of land in the east of the country, but beyond that it could destabilize Europe for years.”
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