Russia’s Investigative Committee not to consider case of Krasovsky, TV presenter who called to ‘drown’ Ukrainian kids

Moscow’s Investigative Committee will not consider the case of Anton Krasovsky, a TV presenter who called to ‘drown’ Ukrainian kids on air, says Yevgeny Stupin, a Moscow legislator who filed a report on Krasovsky.

The Committee’s response says the agency found no “indication of a committed or plotted crime against minors or with their assistance”. It was also noted that the investigators found no “issues of the Committee’s competence” in Krasovsky’s rhetoric.

The Investigative Committee has transferred the case to the Interior Ministry so that the latter would conduct “law enforcement activities”.

“What kind of law enforcement activities are necessary in this case, like searching for Krasovsky? He’s not hiding anywhere as far as I’m concerned. Or are they going to look for the kids he encouraged to drown?” was Stupin’s comment on the matter.

The legislator also said he was going to involve the Prosecutor”s Office to investigate the case.

Krasovsky used to work as the head of RT’s Russian-language programmes. During his interview with Sergey Lukyanenko, an author, he suggested that Ukrainian children be drowned after Lukyanenko’s story of how he was in hospital in west Ukraine in 1980 where the local children told him that “Ukraine was occupied by Moskals [a Ukrainian ethnic slur for Russians].” “We need to burn such kids. This is how we do it! If they say the Moskals occupied them, they should be thrown in a fast flowing river,” Krasovsky said. Lukyanenko responded that “rod punishments” should be used instead, to which Krasovsky said the children may as well be “burned.”

Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor at RT, declared the TV channel “would suspend the working relationship” with Anton Krasovsky following the interview.

After Simonyan’s statement Krasovsky said that he was “truly uncomfortable” since he could not see “the red line.” “Speaking about those children: this happens sometimes when you go live and get sort of carried away, and you can’t stop. I apologise before everyone who was shocked by this, before Margarita and anyone else who found it ridiculous and unthinkable. I hope you will forgive me,” he wrote.

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