Alexey Pushkov is a Russian Senator, Chairman of the Information and Media Cooperation Commission of the Federation Council (Upper House of the Russian Parliament) and former Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, the Lower House of the Russian Federation. Russian Parliament. He gave an interview to the YouTube channel Thinkerview .
Yellow vests seen from Russia
“Many people say that the movement of yellow vests could never have happened in Russia because Vladimir Putin would never let that happen,” asks the interviewer.
I do not think that in Russia it will be yellow vests copied on the yellow vests french
“I think Yellow Vests are becoming an international culture because I’ve heard that in Israel it’s yellow helmets already. In several countries like Belgium, there are also yellow vests. So if it becomes a culture of protest like the #Meetoo [..] it can come to Russia since in the whole world we speak about it “, answers Alexei Pushkov. For him, “people who are protesting today [in Russia] without yellow vests will now protest with yellow vests”. Nevertheless, he does not think it will “change the game” because “it’s a question of form, not substance”. “I do not think that in Russia it will be yellow vests copied on French yellow vests,” said the Russian senator.
Russia behind yellow vests?
“British newspapers have accused Russia of being behind yellow vests. I saw an article in the Times that said: Ah, but it’s the Russians! “Said the parliamentarian, referring to accusations made by some Western media.
That Ukrainians come to explain to the Yellow Vests that it is the Russians who are behind: I want to see [their] reaction
“The Ukrainian special services have also said that yes, it is the Russian secret service that is behind the Yellow Vests! What I want to propose is that Ukrainians come to explain to the Yellow Vests that it is the Russians who are behind: I want to see the reaction of yellow vests! Because I do not think they saw a single Russian during all these demonstrations and even before, “he continued.
Prosecution of Russian interference in European elections
“Russia is accused of interference, for example to support Salvini’s League: in all the countries where there has been development that does not suit the traditional liberal elites, Russia is accused of being part of this change. But, to tell the truth, Russia has nothing to do with it: I think that in fact the traditional elites do not have answers to the questions that are posed by the traditional European elites, “Alexei said. Pushkov, believing that Russia was “a scapegoat”. He also gave as an example the German Federal elections of 2018.
It has also been said that Russia participated in Brexit. But no, it’s the British who made the Brexit!
“When there was this election, there were a lot of rumors that the Russians were going to try to influence the election, and then there was a statement from the German special services who said it was not there was no interference. And here, the Bild titled in the first page: “But where are the Russians?” Because we did not find it during the German elections. It has also been said that Russia participated in Brexit. But no, it was the British who made the Brexit! “, He explained.
The question of troll farms
Asked about a Russian troll farm in St. Petersburg, Alexey Pushkov spoke of “something rather dubious”. “I can not guarantee you that there were not 12 or 15 people who did not play on social media,” the senator said.
You want to tell me that with this volume we can influence the American elections? I do not find that serious
Relaunched by the interviewer that this troll factory would have grown from 4,000m2 to 14,000m2, the parliamentarian explained, citing a report from the US Senate Intelligence Committee, that the volume of troll participation Russian traffic to social networking in the United States was 0.0004% of the daily Facebook flow. “You mean to tell me that with this volume, we can influence the American elections? I do not think it’s serious, “said Alexei Pushkov.
French law on fake news
“There is no law on fake news in Russia,” commented Alexei Pushkov, explaining that freedom of the press was “a relative notion” and adding, “We live in a world where information today is at 50% wrong “
I think that all laws that limit the expression of the press tend to become censorship
In Russia, however, there are laws against slander that limit the press against personal attacks. “I think that all laws that limit the expression of the press tend to become censorship,” he said. “It’s up to the French to decide if they need this law on fake news, ” added the member of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament.