Russia: Journalist leaves Moscow propaganda machine over Ukraine war

Gleb Irisov (R) has left the Kremlin-run TASS news agency (Image: Getty / east2west / AP)

A military correspondent at one of Russia‘s biggest propaganda machines have stopped after launching a sharp attack on Vladimir Putin.

Gleb Irisov accused Russian president of ‘foolish leadership’ and sending Russian soldiers to ‘slaughter’ in Ukraine.

The 31-year-old made the remarks after leaving the TASS news agency, one of the Kremlin’s largest state-run sites.

The war correspondent, who served in Syriahe realized the reality of the invasion of the first day after some of his former colleagues were murdered.

“I learned that the situation was just awful,” he said.

‘The leadership became so insane that it simply threw its own army to the battle.

‘Officers, contract [soldiers]conscripts. ‘

Mr Irisov said official denials that conscripts had served in the war were false.

Gleb Irisov accused Russian president of ‘foolish leadership’ (Photo: AFP)

‘Putin and [defence minister Sergei] Shoigu throws them poorly prepared, poorly equipped army to slaughter… in a full-fledged military conflict in Europe, ‘he said.

Mr. Irisov said the middle and lower ranks of the Russian army had been against the war.

He also said there was ‘widespread sicophancy, corruption and theft’ within the army which accused ‘millions’ of budgeting.

Mr Irisov revealed that he was not the only journalist at TASS who was against the war, saying that many of his ex-colleagues were against the conflict, but many more were ‘brainwashing’.

He said a petition against the war was signed by reporters leading to the involvement of the FSB, in which critics are called ‘traitors’.

Mr Irisov said his choice had been to stay with TASS as part of a propaganda machine – or to face accusations of treason for opposition to the Kremlin.

“To become a war criminal or against the state – the choice was obvious to me,” he said.

Russia invades Ukraine on February 24 (Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Irisov is not the only journalist who has turned his back on the Russian state media since the beginning of the war.

Liliya Gildeyeva left Gazprom-Media’s NTV channel last week, saying many journalists were pumping out the propaganda of the Kremlin disagree with the war.

The 45-year-old presenter, who has since gone into exile, said: ‘Most people do not sympathize at all with what is happening now – all this hell, horror.’

‘I wake up every morning thinking that this is not true.

‘This is still a kind of delayed effect of the trauma, because this shock is getting deeper and deeper.’

Asked what she would say to Ukrainians about the pain of the war, she replied: “Of course I would say, ‘Forgive us.’

‘But this will not save anyone. Everything that has happened is permanent.

“It will affect not only us, but also our children and grandchildren.”

Journalists have said they are afraid Russians will be ‘zombified’ by the Kremlin’s lie about the war in Ukraine (Photo: AP)

Earlier this month, Zhanna Agalakova, a Paris-based correspondent for the Russian state-controlled Channel One, resigned due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The 56-year-old, who was once a newsreader on the channel, said she believed Russian networks were being pushed by the Kremlin to broadcast lies and propaganda.

She said the Russians were ‘zombified’ by the stream of media-sponsored lies.

Earlier this month, an editor at Channel One tried to take matters into her own hands when she crashed the main evening news show to stop a poster announcing the war.

Marina Ovsyannikova, 43, waved a sign that read: ‘NO WAR. Stop the war. Leau de propaganda net. They’re lying here against you. ‘

She was later arrested and thereafter a fine of 30,000 rubles (£ 215).

Marina Ovsyannikova port crashes Channel One by stopping a handwritten poster with ‘No War’ in English (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

State TV is the main source of news for many millions of Russians, and follows closely the Kremlin line that Russia was forced to act in Ukraine to demilitarize and ‘denazify’ the country.

The Kremlin has blocked the word ‘invasion’ or ‘war’ and instead referred to it as a ‘special military operation’.

Since the beginning of the war, Moscow has also severely restricted social media by severely restricting access in an attempt to control the story of the failed invasion.

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Russia: Journalist leaves Moscow propaganda machine over Ukraine war

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