Who Is Sergey Mardan? Putin Ally Slammed For Comments On 'Subjugating' Russia's Neighbours

Mardan is considered an ultranationalist propagandist who has worked his way into public life defending the Putin administration's policies on Russian state TV and pro-Kremlin media outlet Komsomolskaya Pravda. Speaking on his Saturday morning radio show on Komsomolskaya, Mardan said Russia is essentially an empire, and an empire should be a military state.
Sergey Mardan

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Sergey Mardan, a Putin-ally frequently appearing on state media, has landed in hot waters in Chinese social media over his on-air remarks about why Russia should 'subjugate' its neighbours.
Mardan is considered an ultranationalist propagandist who has worked his way into public life defending the Putin administration's policies on Russian state TV and pro-Kremlin media outlet Komsomolskaya Pravda. Speaking on his Saturday morning radio show on Komsomolskaya, Mardan said Russia is essentially an empire, and an empire should be a military state.
"Russia is an empire, and an empire can only be a military state. And a military state must fight," he proclaimed to his audience.
It [Russia] must make the surrounding barbarians submit or be pacified," Mardan added, warning that Russia would "be pacified...if we aren't strong enough economically, militarily, politically, and demographically" (as quoted by Newsweek).
These comments did not go down well with the Chinese, as China has been a critical support in Russia's continuing war with Ukraine. Shortly after the launch of the war in February 2022, Russia and China signed a 'no limit' deal where trade flourished even as other markets have shut down following sanctions. Chinese social media hit out at Mardan saying that Russia will not be able to sustain the war without help from China.
However, this is not the first time the media personality has landed in hot waters. Mardan previously referred to the Russian people as “aggressors and extremely evil” in a clip that was translated and posted to social media. His ultranationalist views have consistently attracted criticism, with some accusing him of calling for the genocide of the Ukrainian people. He served a notice of suspicion by the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) for these comments.
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