A Russian TV News channel aired an interview with political analyst Alexei Martynov who stated that the US intelligence had launched the Charlie Hebdo attack in order to sabotage the global effort against terrorism.
The guest, Alexei Martynov, suggested that US intelligence had launched the Charlie Hebdo attack in order to sabotage the global effort against Islamist terrorism, which he argued Russia is leading. Martynov also argued that the attack was meant to pressure French President Francois Hollande into maintaining Western economic sanctions against Russia.
The segment ran for 10 minutes, during which Martynov’s views were presented as fact and went largely unchallenged. A video of the interview can be seen on LifeNews’ website. The network announced the segment in a tweet reading, “Political analyst Alexei Martynov: Terrorist attack in Paris staged by US intelligence agencies.” LifeNews is not state-run, but it is avowedly pro-Putin, and has a large viewership in Russia that surpasses some major state-run networks.
Martynov runs the pro-Putin think tank International Institute for New States and is sometimes featured on Russian state and pro-Kremlin media as an expert analyst. He has also been quoted by The Nation as an expert on United States foreign policy.
The Russian TV channel tweeted “Political analyst Alexei Martynov: Terrorist attack in Paris staged by US intelligence agencies.”