Meet The Oligarch Who Whispers In Putin’s Ear

Since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, media coverage on Russian TV networks have echoed themes in Putin’s speeches. This week, pundits and anchors have pushed conspiracy theories about Ukraine developing biological weapons with U.S. support. Ukraine and the Biden administration have denied those charges.

Kovalchuk is “known for his anti-liberal and anti-Western views” and his “conspiracy” thinking, says Tatiana Stanovaya, a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center and founder of newsite R.Politik. “People like Kovalchuk understand Putin’s priorities and goals,” she said. “They can feel it, and try to adapt media policy to such needs.”… Kovalchuk is someone with whom Putin “can really share his life, his visions,” Stanovaya says. “And he trusts him.”



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