Dmitry Kiselyov posed in front of a mushroom cloud graphic during his weekly program on the Rossiya 1 news channel to boast that Russia was the only country in the world still capable of turning the U.S. into “radioactive dust.”
Putin named the controversial broadcaster, known for his anti-LGBT tirades and conspiracy theories, to head Russia Today late last year after dissolving the renowned RIA Novosti state-owned news agency.
Kiselyov used animated maps to show how Russia would automatically respond with nuclear missiles if command and control were attacked or disabled by the U.S.
He also claimed during his broadcast that President Barack Obama’s hair had turned gray because he fears Russia’s nuclear arsenal, which contains an estimated 8,500 nuclear warheads – more than the U.S.
The Washington Post noted that Ukraine had about 1,800 nuclear warheads of its own until giving them up in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, when Russia also agreed to respect its sovereignty.
Kiselyov has proposed even more stringent anti-LGBT laws in Russia and argued that homosexuals should have their hearts buried or burned if they’re killed in an accident so it can’t be transplanted into another person’s body.
He also pushes various conspiracy theories claiming Swedish, Polish, and U.S. meddling in Russian affairs.
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