Throughout the last week of April, the “bright week” according to Orthodox canons, experts talked about nuclear war on Russian TV. Statements on this topic from the top indicated the direction of development of television rhetoric. On the air, they counted how long Russian missiles would fly to Paris, London and Berlin, discussed the power of domestic weapons and discussed the Third World War.
The week began with a long interview with Sergei Lavrov on Channel One, in the analytical program “The Big Game”, April 25. In it, Lavrov spoke at length about how persistently the Russian government sought to confirm Gorbachev’s and Reagan’s 1987 statement that there could be no winners in a nuclear war, and how the Biden government finally confirmed it. But then it turned out that for some reason the threat of nuclear war did not go away, but on the contrary, worsened.
“The danger is serious, it is real, it should not be underestimated,” said Sergei Lavrov.
This phrase of a state official, uttered on the main channel – the translator of state sentiments and plans – seems to have been a trigger for Russian state TV channels.
The next day on the air of Soloviev’s program on “Russia 1” on April 26, the editor-in-chief of RT and MIA “Russia Today” Margarita Simonyan statedthat Russia would rather use nuclear weapons than lose to Ukraine, “knowing us, knowing our leader Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich.”
“The most incredible thing – that in the end it will all end in a nuclear strike – still seems more likely to me than this [проигрыш Украине] developments, ”Simonyan said.
“Well, we’re in paradise, and they’ll just die,” Solovyov, the host of the program, replied in a famous quote.
April 28 on the air of the program “60 minutes” on “Russia 1” the scheme of potential defeat of the European capitals by the Russian missiles was shown. An infographic entitled “The flight time of RS-28 Sarmat missiles to the capitals of the countries that provide Ukraine with the most weapons” showed the estimated flight time of deadly weapons: from Kaliningrad to Paris 200 seconds, to London 202 seconds, Berlin 106 seconds.
“What’s the problem?” “One Sarmat missile – there were the British Isles and there are none,” – said on the air State Duma deputy from the LDPR faction Alexei Zhuravlev.
On the deadly topic, media figures began to speak on social networks. Early in the morning of April 28, a post appeared on Simonyan’s telegram channel commenting on the air defense operation in Belgorod.
“What choice do you have, idiots? Complete destruction of the rest of Ukraine? A nuclear strike? ” – she wrote.
However, on April 28, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova called fakes reports of nuclear threats to Moscow
“Is it necessary to say that this thesis is extremely untrue and false?” – Zakharova spoke. According to her, foreign media are deliberately spreading anti-Russian slander to destabilize the international situation.
On April 29, on Russia 1, the entire two-hour program “Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” was devoted to the theme of the Third World War. Her name was: “World War III is becoming more real”. In it, the presenter and experts spoke about the power of Russia’s deadly weapons and that the Western countries have nothing to oppose it.
Political leaders did not stay in the information trenches either. In response to a statement from British Foreign Secretary Liz Trass, who said at a briefing that “Ukraine’s victory is a strategic imperative for all of us,” Sergei Mironov, chairman of the Fair Russia party, erupted in a series of posts.
“Tell someone to Lisa that one Sarmat missile is enough to destroy the island of Britain,” he threatened. on its official website on April 29.
Even the nerves of Russian statesmen could not stand the degree of what was happening. Igor Albin, former Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation and former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg, appealed to the President on social media to stop the propaganda of nuclear war.
“Vladimir Vladimirovich, they have deceived you many times. It’s about our children and grandchildren! And about yours too! Stop these bastards! When there is a war, they do not scold their own! But you shouldn’t be proud of that either. There will be no winners in a nuclear war! ” – wrote an ex-official.
In an interview shown on Channel One on April 30, Lavrov returned to the issue of nuclear danger. Now he warned that the deadly threat could come from Ukraine, which, however, does not yet have nuclear weapons.
“They can think again about having nuclear weapons,” Lavrov said of the Ukrainian government. The Foreign Minister also recalled that Poland welcomes the deployment of American nuclear weapons on its territory.
“We have never played with such dangerous things,” said Lavrov.