Russia’s ambassador to Italy Sergei Rajov has filed a lawsuit against the Italian newspaper La Stamper for allegedly publishing an article calling for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The newspaper ran an op-ed on March 22 with the headline “If killing the oppressor is the only option.”
The article argues that if all other means to end the war between Ukraine and Russia fail, the only option is to assassinate the Russian president.
Rajav accused the newspaper of “requesting and forgiving crimes”.
“It goes without saying that this goes against the rules of journalism and ethics,” Rajav told reporters after the lawsuit was filed, according to a Reuters report and translation.
Statement of the Russian Ambassador to Italy Sergei Rajov in the Italian Press on 03/25/22. pic.twitter.com/IWCDepVJok
– Squid Tea (ian Giancky26) March 25, 2022
Massimo Gianni, La Stamper’s editor, argues that the lawsuits and grievances are hypocritical because of Russia’s “own actions.”
“We do not learn from a liberal regime that kills humanity and truth,” Massimo Giannini was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The editor also denied that the piece was intended to assassinate Putin.
Earlier this month, US Senator Lindsay Graham responded to calls for Putin’s assassination.
“Is there Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Steffenberg in the Russian military?” South Carolina Republican tweeted.
The only people who can fix it are the Russian people.
Easy to say, hard to do.
Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness, you have to get on the plate.
– Lindsey Graham (indLindseyGrahamSC) March 4, 2022
Graham echoed his sentiments during his appearance on Fox News, and has since doubled down to say that the late Senator John McCain may have had a similar idea.
Holy: Lindsay Graham has just called for Putin’s assassination. pic.twitter.com/UNvOJIApXV
– Cambry (amKamVTV) March 4, 2022
“Yes, I hope he is brought out somehow,” Graham told a news conference earlier this month. “I do not care how they take him out. I don’t care if we send him to The Hague and try him. I just want him to go. Yes, I am on record. “
“And if [the late Sen.] John McCain was here, he would say the same thing, I think. “
Post-Russian ambassador sues Italian newspaper for publishing article calling for Putin’s death