The Russian opposition politician Nadezhdin calls for Putin's recall on state TV. The presenters accuse him of being bored.
Moscow (Russia) – Viewers on Russian state television don't often get to see this: An opposition politician calls for the resignation of President Vladimir Putin with unusually frank words - after criticizing the Ukraine war.
"We simply have to choose other authorities to govern the country who will put an end to this story with Ukraine," he said on the air on NTV, one of the three largest state broadcasters. "I believe that a different administration would allow Russia to establish relations with European countries and that everything would be fine again," he was quoted as saying by the US news magazine Newsweek.
Russia: Opposition politician Nadezhdin
Back in September 2022, Nadezhdin had caused a strong moment on Russian state TV. At that time, Nadezhdin had called for peace negotiations with Ukraine on state TV. In April of this year, Nadezhdin compared the Russian president to a tsar. So it should have been clear to the program makers what they were getting themselves into.
According to Newsweek, Nadezhdin was interrupted by a moderator, his statements were criticized as "boring". Regardless, Nadezhdin apparently repeated that in order to "return to Europe," Russia would have to "choose someone else."
Voters would listen to Nadezhdin, but do the exact opposite, one of the moderators said. "If you want to play with Europe, if you want to play hockey with Canada and not with India, then...", Nadezhdin started again. A battle of words ensued, which was interrupted by the second moderator, saying, "Let's take a break."
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Russia is expected to hold presidential elections in March 2024. So far, Putin, who has been in power for more than 20 years, has not yet officially declared his candidacy. Most observers, however, assume that he will compete again. There are no other applicants in sight. On Twitter, Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, published Nadezhdin's statements.
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