Moscow attacks Rome: Italian anti-Russian campaign. Di Maio replies: enough mystifications

from Fabrizio Caccia

The post of the Russian ambassador against the media, theaters, banks: «they have created unpleasant incidents». The head of the Farnesina: we do not take freedom lessons

On March 25th Sergey Razov, 69, ambassador of Russia to Italy and San Marino, went to the court in piazzale Clodio to file a complaint against the Italian newspapers and said: “We have extended a helping hand (at the time of the pandemic, ed) and now someone wants to bite this hand“.

And yesterday – the day after Moscow’s attack on the “morality of politicians” – Razov himself had a report by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on the official profile of the Embassy on Facebook, reporting attacks, threats and violated rights. : an alleged “great campaign against Russian culture and its representatives”, which has already led to a series of “unpleasant incidents” in Italy, including the refusal to serve Russian citizens by individual Italian banks.

“An open anti-Russian campaign by the Italian media” is even underway. Here it is, the long post of the embassy in via Gaeta, which cites a confidential report from the ministry directed by Sergej Lavrov: «Russian diplomatic missions in Italy receive regularly reports from their compatriots on the threats and that they receive “, especially from Italian and Ukrainian citizens, after the start” of the special military operation “in Ukraine.

The student thrown out by the anti-Putin doctor

Some examples? On April 11, 2022, a Ukrainian citizen paid red paint on the front door of the Russian Embassy in Rome. And outrage, according to this version, aroused even the story of one in Moscow 19-year-old Russian studentof the University of Bologna, who had gone to the doctor to obtain a hearing impairment certificate, but «the Italian doctor chased the girl away from the office, claiming that “He did not like” the president of Russia ”, Putin.

Operations denied at branches

From theaters to banks, to telecommunications, everywhere the Russians would be under attack in Italy: thus, on February 28, 2022, when the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Salahe made the request «to the conductor Valery Gergiev to publicly condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine under the threatens to put an end to cooperation “with the Teatro La Scala. And again: “In the UniCredit, BancoPosta, Bnl, IntesaSanpaolo banks, refusals to work with Russian citizens have been registered”. Not only that: “The employees of the Russian Mission to FAO have had to face the refusal of the mobile operator Vodafone to connect a new number to an existing contract”. But the growth of “russophobic sentiments in Italian society»Would also be the result – again according to Mosca – of« a limited access to Russian media in Italy“And, consequently, to the”lack of objective information on the politics and actions of Russia ».

Di Maio: “Enough with the mystification of reality”

The Italian reaction comes, however, by return of post through the harsh words of our Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio: «Enough of this mystification of reality and with provocations. Italy respects the Russian peoplewhich has nothing to do with Putin’s crazy choices, and will always continue to respect him. Putin would rather take a seat at the negotiating table and put an end to this war ». Di Maio then defends the work of the Italian media with the sword: “In Italy no one is carrying out an anti-Russian campaign – concludes the minister -. Since the beginning of this heinous and bloody war, the media have only reported on the cruelties committed by the Russian army. While in Moscow it is forbidden to talk about war and the protesters are arrested. Our media cannot take journalism lessons from Russia ”.

Journalism lessons from Moscow? No thank you

The Italian reaction comes, however, by return of post through the harsh words of our Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio: «Enough with this mystification of reality and with the provocations. Italy respects the Russian people, who have nothing to do with Putin’s crazy choices, and will always continue to respect them. Putin should rather sit down at the negotiating table and put an end to this war ». Di Maio then defends the work of the Italian media with the sword: «In Italy no one is carrying out an anti-Russian campaign – concludes the minister -. Since the beginning of this heinous and bloody war, the media have only reported on the cruelties committed by the Russian army. While in Moscow it is forbidden to talk about war and the demonstrators are arrested. Our media cannot take journalism lessons from Russia ”.