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RT sends chocolate Salisbury Cathedral as X-Mas gift

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RT: Russian station's chocolate Salisbury Cathedral gift slammed

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Dozhd (TV Rain) news channel (Russia) showed the chocolate Salisbury Cathedral sent by RT.

12/28/18
Politicians in Salisbury have blasted a Russian state-run broadcaster which sent chocolate models of the city's cathedral as a festive gift. RT said the edible item reflected one of the "biggest news stories of the year" and was sent to "multiple" recipients in the media and beyond. Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury in March. Salisbury MP John Glen said: "This is bizarre behaviour but to be expected." An image of the intricate chocolate model wrapped in RT-branded ribbons was shared by the Russian channel TV Dozhd, also known as TV Rain. In a tweet, Dozhd thanked RT for the gift but added: "Come for tea, we're afraid to eat it alone." Salisbury councillor Jo Broom joined Mr Glen in denouncing the cathedral replica, saying it was "in very poor taste". She added: "It's very regrettable that somebody would see fit to do something like this, and is quite disrespectful to those that were caught up in the incident."

RT, previously known as Russia Today, interviewed the two men named as suspects in the poisonings. They claimed they were merely tourists visiting Salisbury at the time. The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, said friends suggested they visit the "famous Salisbury cathedral" and "its 123m-tall spire" but had decided against it because of "muddy slush everywhere". The UK government says Russia's GRU spy agency carried out the nerve agent attack. The Skripals survived being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok, but Dawn Sturgess - a woman not connected to the Russian events - died in July having been exposed to the same substance. Earlier this month, the UK's media watchdog Ofcom ruled RT had broken TV impartiality rules in seven programmes after the Salisbury attacks. An RT spokesperson said the chocolate model had been sent as a gift "in the spirit of the Holiday Season" to "multiple friends, peers and partners in the media sphere and beyond".

I know if I were a Brit, I wouldn't soon forget this terribly insensitive and intended insult.
 

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If the Brits find that so insulting I'm sure they can have a group hug and go and see their therapists.
 

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If the Brits find that so insulting I'm sure they can have a group hug and go and see their therapists.

The general reaction is basically "didn't expect any better from Moscow." So, basically, we see it is pretty poor taste but exactly what we would expect Moscow state news to do.
 

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The general reaction is basically "didn't expect any better from Moscow." So, basically, we see it is pretty poor taste but exactly what we would expect Moscow state news to do.


Not as poor and downright nasty as The Times publishing the names and photos of Sputnik employees in Edinburgh though.
 

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Not as poor and downright nasty as The Times publishing the names and photos of Sputnik employees in Edinburgh though.
You must be really desperate to come up with a piece of bovine manure like that.

As if names and images of Sputnik employees in Edinburgh or elsewhere were classified information.:roll:
 

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You must be really desperate to come up with a piece of bovine manure like that.

As if names and images of Sputnik employees in Edinburgh or elsewhere were classified information.:roll:


Since you go down that line, perhaps you can explain why The Times decided this was worth publishing :roll:


It's inappropriate and intimidatory behavior, by an organ of state establishment media, in a self declared hostile state.
 

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It's inappropriate and intimidatory behavior, by an organ of state establishment media, in a self declared hostile state.

Lol. Inappropriate by the state media was that RT charade interview by Ms. Simonyan and the two Salisbury GRU goons.
 

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Since you go down that line, perhaps you can explain why The Times decided this was worth publishing :roll:


It's inappropriate and intimidatory behavior, by an organ of state establishment media, in a self declared hostile state.
Oh get over yerself.

If it was that inappropriate and intimidatory, how come Mother Russia couldn't follow suit fast enough by publishing the names and images of 44 BBC reporters in Russia?

Not from The Times but from the BBC.

Get over your faux indignation, you're looking more and more foolish.
 

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Oh get over yerself.

If it was that inappropriate and intimidatory, how come Mother Russia couldn't follow suit fast enough by publishing the names and images of 44 BBC reporters in Russia?

Not from The Times but from the BBC.

Get over your faux indignation, you're looking more and more foolish.


It's called retaliation :roll:.


Naturally, the Brits are now all up in arms about Russia doing such a thing. How outrageous of them to do what we did?
 

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It's called retaliation :roll:.


Naturally, the Brits are now all up in arms about Russia doing such a thing. How outrageous of them to do what we did?
Get over your faux indignation, you're looking more and more foolish.
 

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Get over your faux indignation, you're looking more and more foolish.


If illustrating your hypocrisy makes me look foolish :roll:


If the UK wants to play nasty with Russian media in the UK, then they should not start crying like babies when their precious (and much bigger it should be said) BBC operations in Russia come under scrutiny.
 

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If illustrating your hypocrisy makes me look foolish :roll:.
It's actually your own hypocrisy that's doing that job here.

Something you'd realize if you had even a fraction of the self-awareness that you so clearly appear to be lacking.
If the UK wants to play nasty with Russian media in the UK, then they should not start crying like babies when their precious (and much bigger it should be said) BBC operations in Russia come under scrutiny
Try to focus, eh?

It wasn't the UK, it was the Sunday Times.

You have anything to say on the display of lousy taste that the OP deals with? Or are you kidding yourself into believing that it now has been successfully deflected from?

And just to enlighten you on countries that you once more have demonstrated your utter ignorance upon here, Britain doesn't give a damn over behaviour it has long since come to expect anyway.

Scum be scum and to expect less would be foolish.
 

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Should they have just been poisoned?
Considering the screw-up in trying to poison just one person (assuming the daughter wasn't really targeted but just accepted as potential "collateral"), that line of action has perhaps been shelved for the time being.

Until everyone in GRU has absolved the new training course named "how to not let Mother Russia look like a bunch of incompetent morons".
 

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~ Until everyone in GRU has absolved the new training course named "how to not let Mother Russia look like a bunch of incompetent morons".

Have to admit, they made Peter Seller's Inspector Clouseau look like a genius.
 

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Well, at least they did manage to murder someone.:roll:

Yeah, poor Dawn Sturgess is a testimony to just how incompetent two senior officers of the GRU could be.
 

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Yeah, poor Dawn Sturgess is a testimony to just how incompetent two senior officers of the GRU could be.
If they'd discarded the whole scheme right from the beginning, they'd have gained.

Now look at them, the Kremlin, Putin and -unfortunately- Russians in general.

The latter party unjustifiably suffering undeserved image loss in the eyes of some.

Whatever happened to clandestine infiltration? Dinghies in the dark of night from trawlers? Heck, sniper shots on targets identified beyond any doubt?

Mind you, this bunch of incompetents would have missed on the last score and probably sailed for Ireland on the one but last.
 

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And don't forget the GRU posse that traveled to the Netherlands to hack into the data files of the OPCW after the chemical weapons watchdog endorsed British findings related to the Novichok nerve agent, and findings by the World Anti-Doping Agency that Russian Olympic athletes had used banned substances to enhance performance.

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