During a live radio show, two Russian journalists punch each other in the face because of Stalinism
Two prominent journalists punched each other in the face several times during a live radio broadcast in Moscow on Tuesday. Nikolai Svanidze and Maxim Shevchenko, who are both members of Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council, joined the Komsomolskaya Pravda network to discuss the question: “Is Stalinism a disease that needs to be treated?” The show was partly inspired by the Culture Ministry’s recent decision to ban the film “The Death of Stalin.”
Near the end of the broadcast, Shevchenko accused Svanidze of “spitting on the graves of those killed outside Moscow” in the Second World War. Svanidze responded by calling Shevchenko a “bastard,” before rising to his feet and slapping him in the face. Younger and significantly larger, Shevchenko then pummeled Svanidze to the floor.