A Kremlin-funded television station this week broadcast images of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) rubbing shoulders with Vyacheslav Nikonov, the grandson of Joseph Stalin's foreign minister.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Russian media analyst Julia Davis first noted that Shelby appeared on VTGRK, a news station funded by the Russian government.
"GOP lawmakers requested that their meetings with members of the Russian government proceed in a closed format (no press allowed)," Davis wrote. "Here is @SenShelby chitchatting with [Vyacheslav Molotov's] grandson, Vyacheslav Nikonov."
"Happy #IndependenceDay," she added, later calling Shelby's visit "surreal."
GOP lawmakers requested that their meetings with members of the Russian government proceed in a closed format (no p… https://t.co/8zY5sJgKYi— Julia Davis (@Julia Davis)1530623225.0
@GeekTrader @SenShelby It is surreal. No reason to normalize our relations with Putin's Russia at this point in tim… https://t.co/dHqk1bA4c8— Julia Davis (@Julia Davis)1530624008.0
Shelby can be seen in a video clip from VTGRK below.