9 August 201817:37

Australia’s Channel 7 "Dirty Money" Sunday show

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Australian "Channel 7" aired its "Dirty Money" show on July 29 featuring William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, who was charged with tax evasion, failure to comply with the duties of a tax agent and deliberate bankruptcy by Russia’s investigative authorities. Once again, Mr Browder, without citing specific facts and just referring to alleged evidence, accused Russia’s leadership of involvement in money laundering. Matt Doran, the show’s host, instead of trying to sort out this complicated matter, built his “investigative report” solely on supporting Browder's accusations. The programme left the impression of a propaganda-based thriller, where Russians speak with an accent, and the source of so-called revelatory videos is unknown. Of course, Mr Browder was portrayed as “Vladimir Putin’s victim.” This story was further aggravated by the now traditional speculations in the Western media around the cases of Litvinenko, Skripal, Magnitsky and Perepelichny. As always, without trial or investigation, without facts or evidence, Russia and Vladimir Putin personally are to blame for everything.

The Australian television programme didn’t mention it, but we would like to fill the gap and remind everyone that Mr Browder stole over $1.5 billion from Russia and was convicted twice in 2013 and 2017. In February 2018, another criminal case was opened against him by the Russian investigative authorities, which, among other things, focuses on his attempted perjury in a US court during the US versus Prevezon hearings. Browder's activities were commented upon in detail by Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Artyom Kozhin at a briefing on July 26.

In general, this Australian TV show is another example of biased anti-Russia propaganda where the result of a “journalistic investigation” was predetermined, the word was given primarily to one side, the “accuser” (the arguments provided by political scientist Alexander Nekrasov were deliberately ridiculed by the journalist, and Nekrasov was given almost no airtime), while a frightening image of Russia was created through footage manipulation, among other things.

Dirty Money is a vivid example of the professional degradation of Australian television, which willingly gave the floor to William Browder, a businessman with a stained reputation.

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