The daughter of murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has compared the Russian state under Vladimir Putin to “Nazi Germany or Rwanda” and announced she has left the country for the West.
Zhanna Nemtsova, a TV journalist with a Moscow news station, said she had quit her job to go into exile after the fatal shooting of her father outside the walls of the Kremlin in February.
Her employer, the RBC news channel, quoted Ms Nemtsova as saying that she herself had received threats in the wake of the killing, which remains under investigation, and that this had contributed to her decision to leave.
And writing a column in the daily newspaper Vedomosti, Ms Nemtsova accused Mr Putin of running a “criminal propaganda” machine which was partly responsible for her father’s death.
She said state-controlled TV channels cast her father and other opposition politicians as “national traitors”, and wrote that “propaganda kills”. “Many of the texts of Kremlin-controlled media recall the rhetoric of African propagandists,” she said.
“Putin’s information machine – similar to those in Nazi Germany and Rwanda – is using criminal methods of propaganda, and sowing hatred which generates violence and terror.”
Full article: Russia under Vladimir Putin ‘like Nazi Germany or Rwanda’, warns daughter of Boris Nemtsov (The Independent)