Vladimir Kara-Murza
IMR Senior Policy Advisor

 

On February 25th, Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper published an article entitled “Russian Landing Party in Washington” by Edward Lozansky. The article contains the following passage:

“The gathering began on February 21st with preparatory bombardment at the Heritage Foundation, where opposition activist, journalist, and now en employee of the Institute of Modern Russia (whose president is Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s son Pavel), Vladimir Kara-Murza, made his modest contribution to the discussion of recommendations to the US president. Among these were a speedy deployment of missile defense systems in Europe; no cuts to the military budget; the achievement of full superiority of US space, ground, air and naval forces in Europe and Eurasia. It is necessary to force Russia to buy American meat and expand military and economic cooperation with Eurasian countries: Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan (it seems that Georgia has been given up on.)”

Every single word attributed to me in the above-quoted passage is a lie, which is easily proven by the video recording of the event (including the question-and-answer session) on the Heritage Foundation’s website.

Accordingly, I expect Mr. Lozansky and Nezavisimaya Gazeta to issue a public retraction of the false information contained in “Russian Landing Party in Washington.”

N.B. This is not the first story of its kind. In October 2011, the online publication Infox.ru published an article entitled “Kasparov Urged War Against Russia” based on the misquoting of remarks by the opposition politician at the same Heritage Foundation. Garry Kasparov sued for libel and achieved an out-of-court settlement with Infox.ru, which had to issue a public apology.

On May 25, Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot jailed in Russia for 22 year for the murder of the Russian TV-journalists in Donbass, was exchanged for two Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov captured in Ukraine and sentenced to 14 years for terrorism. Negotiations on the exchanged lasted for almost a year. Officially, however, the Russian authorities do not acknowledge that Savchenko was released in a swap for two Russian citizens. In fact, the Kremlin claimed that she was sent back home for "humanitarian reasons." When Savchenko arrived to Kiev, she was welcomed by the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and dozens of journalists. In Moscow, only the wives of Alexandrov and Yerofeev, and a few employees of the Russian state TV-channels were allowed to greet the two servicemen upon their return.

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