MOSCOW, April 22 (Itar-Tass) – Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov urged the foreign media to give an unbiased assessment to the situation in Russia and abandon “ten-year-old stereotypes”.
“In some countries many media outlets are still biased in their assessments, many media outlets still stick to the ten-year-old stereotypes,” he said live in an interview with the television news channel Rossiya 24. “The most important thing is that most of them do not know anything at all about what is happening in Russia, and publish excessively emotional materials with the basis on some Internet postings, which have a quite relative bearing to the reality,” he said.
“This is mostly our shortcoming, as we are saying little about us. Because we should say about us to those, who want to hear us,” Peskov noted. “The other point is that there are those people, who do not want to hear anything at all, and I do not believe that they do not worth taking our efforts for them,” he added.
The presidential press-secretary named the general situation with the coverage of the Russian events in the foreign press as the period of “information cooling”. This “information cooling” “does not affect the essence of bilateral relations.” “But the essence of bilateral relations is trade and economic, and investment cooperation that constitutes the applied aspect of the dialogue. All this emotional touch does not affect anything,” he noted.
Peskov also dwelt on the ban for Russian state officials to have the real estate and the bank accounts abroad.
“If a state official has some monetary funds, certainly he should primarily invest in the Russian banks. The official should not have the real estate abroad. Working for the Russian state, the official cannot have any assets or any real estate, which can potentially be taken as a pretext for the pressure on the official. The state officials should be rather patriotic and should stand both legs in their homeland after all,” the Russian presidential press secretary said.
In his words, in this case it is not quite correct to say about the nationalization of the elites, this is the nationalization of the whole society. “The elite is a very relative term, the nationalization of the society should be linked with patriotism,” Dmitry Peskov said in conclusion.