Why is the Ardern government allowing anti-war Russians to be targeted by hate speech and death threats, that have there origin in the pro-war propaganda spewing from Russian legation in Wellington, and in particular the on-line messaging of the Russian ambassador to New Zealand Georgie Zuev?
On the news that expat Russians are being targeted, with death threats and on-line abuse by pro-war trolls.
The government know exactly where all this on-line hate is coming from.
It comes directly from the Russian Ambassador himself.
Georgii Zuev has been summoned to the Beehive to explain himself, but has refused.
Zuev arrogantly rejected and then ignored two requests from the government to meet with him.
This is not normal behaviour for any ambassador toward any government that they are the guest of.
Zuev’s pro-war followers and supporters in this country need to be given a short sharp message that their behavior will no longer be tolerated, not by them, not by the ambassador representative of the Russian Federation in this country.
In spreading pro-war propaganda and proven lies, Georgii Zuev is stoking hate against the citizens of the Russian Federation in this country who are opposed to the war in Ukraine. Zuev’s behavior and his on line messaging which encourage his pro-war supporters campaign of intimidation and threats, goes way beyond providing normal consular practices and services.
One of the primary tasks of an ambassador to a foreign country is to provide consular support to their fellow citizens in that foreign country.
Zuev must be sent packing, his mission has failed.
Georgie Zuev can longer be trusted to support Russian citizens in this country.
Zuev does not provide consulor support to Russian emigre’s and guests in our country, he targets them.
Our government needs to inform the Government of the Russian Federation that our invitation extended to them for Georgii Zuev’s diplomatic mission to this country is rescinded and Zuev needs to be recalled back to Moscow.
Why are the government dragging their feet on this matter?
Is it money?
Are the government keeping Zuev here, hoping to keep in with the Russian Federation, with their eye on the chance of post war trade deals?
Georgii Zuev must go!
The posts, aimed at anti-war Russians, contained threats of extreme acts of violence, sexual assault and references to the Holocaust that are too graphic to repeat.
Pat O’Dea is a trade unionist and human rights activist.