Dmitry Konstantinovich Kiselyov
Dmitry Konstantinovich Kiselyov (Russian: Дми́трий Константи́нович Киселёв, born 26 April 1954) is a Russian journalist. In December 2013 he was appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin head of the new official Russian government owned international news agency Rossiya Segodnya, a 2,300 person organization made up largely of the former RIA Novosti news agency and the shortwave radio station Voice of Russia. He also serves as deputy director of Russian state TV holding company VGTRK.
He is best known as presenter of Vesti nedeli (News of the Week), a weekly news programme on the domestic Rossiya 1 television network. He allegedly uses the show as a soapbox to promote the Kremlin's policies and denigrate the West and is controversial for "maligning homosexuality and speculating about Western-led conspiracies" on the programme as well as using it to attack the political opposition to Putin. In one televised commentary, he said "[Gays] should be prohibited from donating blood, sperm,... And their hearts, in case they die in a car accident, should be buried or burned as unfit for extending anyone's life," suggesting that the internal organs of homosexuals should be burned and buried rather than be accepted for organ transplants.
In Sweden, he became controversial in December 2013 when he criticized the moral values of that country in response to the 2013 Ukrainian protests, for which he partly blamed the Swedish political leadership and Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt as well as the government of Poland, accusing Poland and Sweden of fomenting the protests to avenge defeats in centuries-old Polish-Russian and Russo-Swedish Wars.
Kiselyov is married to Maria and they four children, two in common and two from their previous marriages. He studied philology at Leningrad State University and speaks English, French, Norwegian and Swedish.
- "Ведущим программы "Вести недели" на "России 1" станет Дмитрий Киселев" (in Russian). Russia-1. Retrieved 14 December 2013. "Дмитрий Киселев родился 26 апреля 1954 года"
- "In Choosing Kiselyov, Media Critics Say Putin Opts For Personal Propagandist". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- "Russia state news agency gets controversial chief". World Post. December 9, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- "The Kremlin's New Chief Propagandist". The Moscow Times. December 11, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
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