The Kremlin is attempting to justify its invasion of Ukraine by citing the remarks of conspiracy theorist and Fox Nation host Lara Logan. The Russian government has used Fox News figures to defend its war against Ukraine.
Fox News programming has repeatedly defended Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and pushed pro-Kremlin talking points. Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin has amplified Fox host Tucker Carlson, and Mother Jones reported that a leaked Kremlin memo said “it is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of” Carlson.
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, recently praised Fox News’ coverage of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, claiming that the network is providing “some alternative points of view.”
Logan is the host of the Fox Nation program Lara Logan Has No Agenda. The network sidelined Logan after she compared Dr. Anthony Fauci to Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele in November. She recently said that “there are lots of people there” who want her back and that unnamed Fox News people “asked me to just let it blow over.”
During her hiatus from Fox News, she has been appearing on other right-wing media outlets and spouting pro-Kremlin talking points, including attacking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a “moron” and “some useful puppet that was installed by the CIA.”
In one notable instance, she appeared on the March 15 edition of Real America's Voice's America's Voice AM and, among other things, linked Zelensky’s entertainment career to the occult, claimed the entire Ukrainian military has Nazi links, and attacked the western media for its war reporting.
The Kremlin has been celebrating Logan’s March 15 comments on Twitter.
The Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe tweeted:
The Embassy of Russia in Ghana tweeted:
And the Embassy of Russia in Senegal tweeted:
Russian state media has also embraced Logan’s remarks with a March 18 piece for its RT en Español website:
On Facebook, the Embassy of Russia in Senegal; the Russian-state owned RT en Español; the Russian-state owned Sputnik Brasil; the Embassy of Russia in Bosnia & Herzegovina; the Russian Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and the Russian Consulate General in Cape Town, South Africa, promoted her comments.