Russian journalist under investigation for critical reporting about bombing of maternity hospital

A Russian journalist who reported truthfully about Russia’s bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine is now under investigation by Russia’s Investigative Committee, a new wartime law cracking down on press coverage of the war, Fox News reports. 

Alexander Nevzorov is the first high-profile journalist to be investigated under the new legislation, and he could face 15 years in prison if convicted of deliberately spreading false information about the event.

Nevzorov has doubled down on his rhetoric against the Russian regime, having left the country after the investigation into him began.

He told Fox News he is tempted to return to Russia “to show those idiots not everyone is afraid of him,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Extremely painful”

“All information about war crimes is perceived extremely painfully by Russia,” Nevzorov told Fox News. “And the tragedy that happened to the maternity hospital in Mariupol was like a stake through the heart of a vampire. And they, of course, went mad. They explicitly announced a ban on talking about the subject at all. But I posted information about it on all my social media. I don’t consider that a heroic deed. It’s normal professional behavior.”

Nevzorov also had some harsh words to say about Putin and his role in the war.

“For God’s sake, give him 100 more palaces, give him 500 more female gymnasts!” he said about the Russian leader, who is rumored to have married a former Russian rhythmic gymnast and fathered children with her.

“Just so he will not carry out his schizophrenic schemes to become lord of the world. Let him play with such palaces, let him be engaged with his personal life, let him steal as much as he wants just to take his mind off his mania to murder.”

They’re harsh words from one of his own countrymen, and Nevzorov isn’t necessarily safe outside Russia, since that nation has carried out several chemical attacks and poisonings on foreign soil in recent years.

“Zombie state”

Nevzorov also had some harsh words to say about Putin’s lifestyle, compared to that of millions of his people.

“Putin’s palace stands in a country where 40 million people have no sewage system,” he said about a billion-dollar palace rumored to belong to Putin. “If you take all the Russian latrines made of boards with a hole in the floor, where you have to sit in freezing temperatures of minus 30 degrees, and put them together, they would take up an area the size of Chicago.”

A group of journalists including Nevzorov previously investigated the palace on the Black Sea, and the resulting video was viewed 100 million times.

“Our people are in an absolute zombie state, in an absolutely false and extremely grave state of mind,” Nevzorov said. “And Putin has the ability to constantly feed on this state. And even this Luzhniki rally was like a dose of drugs for the dictator. He did not care whether the rally was fake or artificial, whether people were paid or not. He needed banners and crowds of people to make him blossom and spark again.”

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