Vladimir Putin has banned the state media of Russia from mentioning Roman Abramovich’s name anywhere in their coverage of the war against Ukraine.
Russian opposition politician Ksenia Sobchak, who is also a prominent journalist, reported that Kremlin had issued orders to Russian state media about the ban on using Abramovich’s name after he was suspected of being poisoned during the peace talks in Kyiv.
“The pro-Kremlin media were forbidden to mention the role of businessman Roman Abramovich in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine,” reported Sobchak’s Telegram channel.
“This information was confirmed to our editorial office on condition of anonymity by representatives of Moskva-24, TASS, and another major pro-government telegram channel.”
“One of the sources said that on March 30, the following order came from the authorities: “We no longer mention that Abramovich is participating in the negotiations.”
Ostorozhno Novosti also reported: “The ban on mentioning the billionaire in the context of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine is confirmed by the fact that there was not a single mention of Abramovich’s name in news agencies after 13:00 on March 29.”
The Russians have maintained that Abramovich is not a part of their delegation in the peace talks but plays the part of an intermediary.