A discussion of the current situation in Abkhazia took place on the air of the Russian radio station «Echo Moskvi» in the 48-minute program on September 11, 2019 in the light of the past presidential election in the Republic of Abkhazia. The program was attended by Mikhail Gusman, the First Deputy General Director of TASS and Alexei Naryshkin, the broadcast of the radio station «Echo Moskvi».
This program caused a double impression. On the one hand, it is necessary to note an objective and professional analysis of the events in Abkhazia by Mikhail Gusman, who reinforced his speech with serious arguments and demonstrated a deep understanding of domestic political processes in our republic.
On the other hand, the speech and comments of Alexei Naryshkin, the broadcast of the radio station «Echo Moskvi» who throughout the program tried to create a negative image around the personality of Raul Khadzhimba, the President and the republic as a whole.
Throughout the air, Alexei Naryshkin tried to provoke the situation, distorted the facts, repeatedly interrupted the speech of Mikhail Gusman. Along with the assessment of the professional level of this journalist, it should be noted that he was poorly prepared for broadcast and showed a complete lack of any knowledge on Abkhazia, its recent history and the current situation in the republic.
We would like to note that such an information policy aimed at distorting of certain processes both in Russia and abroad has become a characteristic feature of the «Echo Moskvi». It is serious regret and bewilderment that one of the major Russian opposition radio stations in its work resorts to various kinds of manipulations, distortions of facts and other unscrupulous methods, thereby trying to mislead its own audience.
In this regard, we would like to urge the leadership of radio station «Echo Moskvi» and its individual journalists to abandon practices aimed at deliberately distorting of the situation in the information space in the context of domestic political processes in and around Abkhazia.