End of speculation: former Fox News presenter is indeed in Moscow for an interview with Putin | Abroad

Tucker Carlson, former host of America’s conservative news channel ‘Fox News’, is in Moscow to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin. He reports this in a video on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter). The former presenter would be the first Western journalist to speak to Putin since the Russian invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago.


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In a video of more than four and a half minutes, the former presenter explains why he wanted to speak to Putin. According to Tucker, Americans are being kept stupid about the “war in Ukraine” and the consequences the conflict has for the rest of the world.

He believes that Western media are largely responsible for the lack of knowledge among the English-speaking public, because “corrupt news organizations” are said to be “lying”. They would do this mainly by omitting information and presenting only the Ukrainian view of the conflict.

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However, Carlson himself leaves out that independent journalists in Russia’s work is made virtually impossible by the Kremlin. Two of the few American journalists left in Russia are now in jail because they tried to do their job despite all the challenges: Evan Gershkovich of the daily newspaper ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and Alsu Kurmasheva of ‘Radio Free Europe’.

According to Tucker, “most of the world knows” that the war in Ukraine has “changed the global military order” and is “defining” for future generations. However, the former presenter did not provide evidence for his claims in the video. Nor when, in the same video, he accused the US government of trying to sabotage Carlsons’ previous attempts to interview the Russian head of state. Carlson says he paid for the trip to Russia himself.

The conversation with Putin will be featured on Carlson’s own site ‘Tucker Carlson Network’ and will also be posted on X. There, he says, he received a commitment from owner Elon Musk that the video would not be censored.

Carlson is one of the best-known and most controversial media figures in the US. The conservative host was a pro-Trump commentator on Fox News and managed to attract a huge audience. The popular host also received a lot of criticism for spreading conspiracy theories and racism, among other things.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. / American television host Tucker Carlson. © AFP / Tucker Carlson / X