Putin’s ranting TV stooge says ‘the place for Liz Truss is hell’ after Britain sanctioned Patriarch
Vladimir Putin’s chief propagandist launched an extraordinary diatribe against the British Foreign Secretary overnight after the UK imposed sanctions on Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
TV host Vladimir Solovyov – known as ‘Putin’s Voice’ and one of Russia’s foremost propagandists – said the ‘place for [Liz Truss] is hell” after the move, suggesting that the foreign minister “declared a religious war against Russia.”
Britain on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions targeting Kirill for his prominent support for the war in Ukraine.
Truss said the 75-year-old cleric — who is also a long-time ally of the Russian tyrant — “has repeatedly abused his position to justify the war” against Ukraine.
“Today happened what we long expected,” said an indignant Solovyov during his own show “An Evening With Vladimir Solovyov” on Russia’s channel 1.
TV host Vladimir Solovyov (center) – known as ‘Putin’s Voice’ and one of Russia’s foremost propagandists – said the ‘place for [Liz Truss] is hell’ after the UK imposed sanctions on Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church
“Liz Truss is proud to have added Patriarch Kirill to the list of sanctioned individuals. How are we supposed to understand that?’ he asked other experts in the black-and-red studio — who stand in a ring in front of Solovyov as he delivers his sermon-like monologues.
Amid a slew of insults, he suggested that, by punishing Kirill, Truss “organizes the persecution of Christians” before attacking Britain for “betrayal of the faith.”
“She sees herself as the Secretary of State, but from what?” he said. ‘A country that has already betrayed the faith because of the lust of its king which the church of England has produced? So what’s that?
‘And now, imagining herself who knows what, she tries to persecute the holiest patriarch? Is Liz Truss Declaring a Religious War on Russia? A war against all Orthodoxy?’ he asked his experts, rhetorically again, as they nodded.
His tirade continued: ‘This uneducated citizen, who has graduated from a decent institution, does she have such delusions of grandeur? So phantasmagoric [sic] daring has been unheard of since the time of the Tatars and Mongols.
‘Who does she think she is? Who is she? She can only make history by persecuting the holiest Patriarch. The place for that is, of course, in Hell,” he declared, raising his arm in front of him—as if to perform some kind of benediction.
Vladimir Solovyov suggested that by punishing Kirill, Truss ‘organizes the persecution of Christians’ before attacking Britain for ‘betrayal of the faith’
Britain on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions targeting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church for his prominent support for the war in Ukraine. Pictured: Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill (left) speaks with Vladimir Putin at an Easter service in April
Russian President Vladimir Putin (seen from back of room) attends Orthodox Easter Mass led by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (center) at Cathedral of Christ the Savior on April 24, 2022 in Moscow
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (pictured) said the 75-year-old cleric – who is also a longtime ally of Putin – “has repeatedly abused his position to justify the war” against Ukraine.
The video with Solovyov’s comments was posted by Julia Davis, a columnist for the Daily Beast who created the Russian Media Monitor. “I watch Russian state television, so I don’t have to,” she says on her Twitter profile.
In May, the journalist was sanctioned by the Kremlin for her work.
Britain on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions targeting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as Russia’s Children’s Rights Commissioner.
Britain said Maria Lvova-Belova is responsible for the forced transfer and adoption of hundreds of Ukrainian children to Russia.
Lvova-Belova is accused of kidnapping 2,000 vulnerable children from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine and facilitating their forced adoption in Russia.
Others on Thursday’s list are four colonels from a brigade known to have killed, raped and tortured civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.
In response, the Russian Orthodox Church rejected sanctions against its leader.
A girl looks at her smartphone as she sits on a bench in front of residential buildings partially destroyed by the shelling in the city of Irpin, near the Ukrainian capital Kiev on June 16, 2022, as the Russo-Ukraine war enters 113th day
“Attempts to intimidate the primacy of the Russian Church or force him to renounce his views are futile, absurd and unpromising,” church spokesman Vladimir Legoyda said on Telegram.
“The church – especially now – is the last bridge, a means of communication that they are trying to destroy for some reason,” Legoyda said.
“This may only be necessary for those political forces whose main goal is the escalation of conflict and the alienation of peace,” he added.
“There is no other way I can explain such absurd and counterproductive measures, which only contribute to one thing: to sever the already badly damaged communication between the European community and Russia,” he said.
Truss also said the British government is “taking every step” regarding two British citizens sentenced to death for fighting against Russian forces in Ukraine.
She said officials are in regular talks with the Ukrainian government about Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner, who were convicted last week along with a Moroccan, Brahim Saadoun, for allegedly fighting as mercenaries by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
“These people are prisoners of war. They fought legitimately with the Ukrainian military,” Truss said. “What Russia has done is a complete violation of the Geneva Convention. We are taking all possible steps.’