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Zelensky’s Time award ‘Russophobic,’ says Kremlin

By AFP
08 December 2022   |   11:51 am
The Kremlin on Thursday said Time magazine's decision to name Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky as "Person of the Year" reflected "Russophobic" trends in Western countries.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 09, 2022, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a joint press conference with Latvia’s President and Poland’s Prime Minister in Kyiv. – Time magazine named President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as “the spirit of Ukraine” as its 2022 person of the year on December 7, 2022, for the resistance the country has shown in the face of Russia’s invasion. Calling Zelensky’s decision to remain in Kyiv and rally his country amid the ongoing war “fateful,” Time editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said this year’s decision was “the most clear-cut in memory.” (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP) / NO USE AFTER JANUARY 6, 2023 14:05:03 GMT

The Kremlin on Thursday said Time magazine’s decision to name Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky as “Person of the Year” reflected “Russophobic” trends in Western countries.

The comments came after Zelensky was ranked “Person of the Year” by the magazine on Wednesday and the “Most Influential” person in Europe by Politico on Thursday.

Time noted its choice to nominate Zelensky was “the most clear-cut in memory”, hailing the leader’s decision to remain in Kyiv and rally his country amid Russia’s offensive.

“The publication’s editorial line does not go beyond the European mainstream, which is absolutely blinkered, anti-Russian and frantically Russophobic,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

The military operation has proved transformative for the 44-year-old former comedian, catapulting him from embattled leader of a struggling European outlier to a global household name and standard-bearer of opposition to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

He has rallied Western support for his country in almost daily foreign calls and meetings.

Putin, who was Time’s person of the year in 2007, is increasingly isolated from the West.