The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia put US Senator Lindsey Graham on the wanted list, against whom the chairman of the Investigative Committee (IC) of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin instructed to open a criminal case “on the fact of Russophobic statements”, reports TASS.
“Graham Lindsey Olin, American, born July 9, 1955, is wanted under the article of the Criminal Code,” the agency’s database says without clarification. The article is not listed.
The day before, Russian authorities sharply condemned Graham’s statement about the “death of Russians” at a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which appeared in the edited video. Graham’s meeting with Zelensky took place in Kyiv on Friday, May 26. On the footage published by the press service of the Ukrainian leader, he thanks the American side for military support and assistance. The video then shows Graham saying “Russians are dying”. After that, the angle on the video changes and the senator says: “We have never spent money so well.”
As reported later by Reuters, the entry was published in an abbreviated form. Between the words about the “deaths of Russians” and the “successful spending” of American money, there is a montage gluing. According to the full version provided to the agency by the Ukrainian side, the phrase about the money referred in general to the US support that Ukraine receives, and the words about the death of the Russians, the senator spoke in a different context and at a different point in the conversation.
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