Support The Moscow Times!

The Kremlin's ‘Chief Propagandist’ Bangs Up His Face

YouTube edited by The Moscow Times

Dmitry Kiselyov, the general director of the “Rossiya Segodnya” state media holding, better known in the West as the Kremlin’s “chief propagandist,” has some scratches on his face. Russia’s most recognizable TV pundit says he went face-first into some gravel after tripping over some ropes while planting olives at his Crimean summer home in Koktebel.

“This is a temporary change of image,” Kiselyov joked with reporters at a book opening on Thursday, adding, “As you know, women look at a man with scars and see the winner of a fight.”

Many Russian Internet users, however, say that’s not exactly what they see when they look at Kiselyov’s face now. On Thursday, more than a few alternative theories floated around on Twitter.

Translation: It seems that Kiselyov bumped into some grateful TV viewers this weekend.

Translation: Kiselyov returned from Crimea with a busted-up face. I feel like this is going to be a nationwide Russian trend: visit Crimea and take one in the nose!

Translation: The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club.

Translation: Olives don’t grow in Koktebel — the climate isn’t right. So this [Kiselyov attack] is good news

Translation: [Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria] Zakharova’s daughter was bitten in the face by a dog. Now the gravel has attacked Kiselyov’s face. What’s going on!

Translation: Kiselyov injured his face in Crimea. And only this morning I was saying there is no God!

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more