Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain. The list of countries that have expelled Russian diplomats since the massacre in Bucha became known is long. Switzerland, on the other hand, does not take such a measure. The Russian representatives are allowed to stay. And this despite the fact that they spread Putin’s propaganda. Not only does the Russian Embassy in Bern share the Kremlin’s lies, but one man in particular: Alexander Alimov (51).
He works for the Russian UN mission in Geneva – and is quite active on Twitter. He always provides his nearly 7,500 followers with the latest Russian propaganda. He repeatedly shares images, videos or messages on the platform that are intended to show that Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) is doing something good with his war. Specifically: denazify Ukraine.
The Kremlin chief berated the pro-European government around the Jewish-born Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44) as “Ukrainian neo-Nazis” and sees it as his task to get rid of the right-wing extremists. The invasion is therefore a liberation.
Butscha massacre and children’s hospital bombing just a fiction
Alimov therefore wants nothing to do with atrocities committed by the Russian army. The diplomat describes the Butscha massacre as a staging. “The photos and videos from Bucha are another staging of the Kiev regime for the western media,” he writes on Twitter.
Just like the alleged bombing of the children’s hospital in Mariupol almost four weeks ago. Actors were also used there. Everything is just a staging. “The human rights team there confirmed and documented what they described as an indiscriminate airstrike and that the hospital was caring for women and children at the time,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric (56) said shortly afterwards.
But the Bucha massacre is real. Putin’s troops have committed atrocities in the city. Numerous journalists from all over the world were able to get an idea on site and document the horror. You can see people lying on the ground with their hands tied, civilians in mass graves, partially charred corpses on the streets, lifeless bodies in the backyards or a man stuck dead in a well.
Fake news even before the Ukraine war
As the mouthpiece of the Kremlin, Alimov repeatedly causes a stir around the world. Last happened on Tuesday. On that day, the Russian gave a speech at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and almost all the delegates from Western countries left the hall, like the «daily scoreboard» reported.
A few days after the start of the war, the Russian diplomat was also amused by the photo of an elderly woman covered in blood. You are said to be an actress and the blood is just pomegranate juice. This report later turned out to be fake news.
And the diplomat goes on happily. No wonder he has nothing to fear. Federal Council spokesman André Simonazzi (54) only said this week that Switzerland would not expel any Russian ambassadors.
Alimov was caught spreading fake news before the Ukraine war. In 2020, for example, he posted a photo of a girl allegedly coming under Ukrainian fire in Donbass. In truth, however, the girl pictured was the victim of a murder in a small Russian town. (obf)