Will RT Allow Any Debate as Russia Waltzes Toward QR-Coded Paradise?

"Judging from my time at RT, 'probably nope.'"

RT: Russian QR codes good! Western QR codes bad!

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As Russia openly and unapologetically embraces compulsory vaccination and digital “health” IDs, RT.com, my former employer, has taken a courageous stand against the country’s looming Vax Caste System:

“Selfish idiots.” “Refuseniks.” “Anti-vaxxer loonies.” “Holding the country to ransom.” “A menace to their own health and ours.” “They’re like drink drivers.” Just a few of the insults that have been hurled at Russians who, despite the biggest drug promotion campaign in our history, have decided they don’t wish to take one of the new-on-the-market Covid vaccines.

Freedom of choice? Bodily autonomy? They seem to have gone out of the window, along with all the other basic rights we have lost in Russia. The date is 2021, but we’re actually living in Orwell’s ‘1984,’ with its daily ‘Two Minutes Hate.’

Just kidding—I swapped out “UK” for “Russia.”

It makes you think though, doesn’t it? Also, why is RT hurling insults at unvaccinated Russians, while pretending to fight COVID Maoism in the West?

Meduza—the self-described “real Russia, today”—recently published a thought-provoking article highlighting RT’s duplicitous COVID coverage. It is worth reading, even though Meduza is a card-carrying member of the Virus Taliban and wants everyone to get six COVID shots, like their personal hero, Vladimir Zhirinovsky:

When it comes to coverage of COVID-19, vaccines, lockdowns, and other measures designed to halt the spread of the disease, RT’s news coverage differs dramatically, depending on whether it’s in Russian or a foreign language. The network’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, has done an about-face since the start of the pandemic. In January 2020, for example, she claimed that the coronavirus infects only “ethnic Chinese people.” Today, however, she and her subordinates at RT are among the country’s most vocal advocates for mask requirementsremote worklockdowns, and state-mandated employee vaccinations.

When they’re writing in Russian, RT’s columnists welcome virtually any restriction in the fight against COVID-19, and the network itself has vigorously urged Russians to get vaccinated, denouncing skeptics and uncooperative physicians as “imbecile murderers bent on “sabotaging” the nation’s recovery.

Russia Today’s English-language broadcasts exist in another universe. In Moscow, the network’s heroes are the doctors and nurses working tirelessly to keep COVID-19 patients alive. In English, RT’s focus pivots to healthcare workers who have protested “medical experiments” and been suspended for resisting vaccine mandates. In Great Britain, for example, Russia Today airs comments comparing vaccine passports and other restrictions on unvaccinated persons to “Big Brother.”

All of this is very amusing and very true.

Will RT allow a single dissenting opinion as Russia whimsically rides off into the Forced Vax, QR Cattle-Tag sunset? Or will it continue publishing fiery op-eds about the Oppressive West, while its made-for-Westerners Russian news section pumps out stories that end with “don’t worry about compulsory vaccination: just trust Putin, bro”?

Is Sputnik V beyond reproach? Is its safety and efficacy unassailable? You might be surprised by what’s behind this “miracle” drug—which I wrote about in detail here and here.

Guys… maybe we should think carefully before submitting to a coercive, soul-raping jab-and-tag? Maybe this sets a not-so-great precedent? Or is everyone just going to roll over—no questions asked?

Bryan MacDonald, the head of RT’s Russia desk (in English), seems to think (at least privately) that there is room for debate.

That’s what MacDonald told me after I sent him a draft of an op-ed criticizing Moscow’s vaccine mandate, the first of its kind in Russia, introduced in mid-June:

An exchange with the head of RT’s Russia desk, Bryan MacDonald, on June 22

In fact, he even seemed to agree that mandating a drug without any long-term safety data was maybe not such a great idea. Here is a comment he left on my draft:

Obviously, RT never ended up publishing the op-ed. But Off-Guardian was generous enough to run it—it’s a fun read, you should read it.

As a faithful devotee of RT’s Question More ethos, I continued my research into this very important issue. I found lots of interesting things! For example, did you know that Sputnik V immediately reduces hospitalizations, even though the drug typically requires 42 days to build “immunity” against COVID? This is even more miraculous because for some reason, Sputnik V’s life-preserving powers suddenly stopped working immediately after the Duma elections in late September. Very weird.

It’s been fun watching all the mental gymnastics used to argue that COVID Maoism is Very Bad in the West, but Very Good in Russia. C’mon, guys. This is pure cope. Let’s work together and stop this madness before it’s too late. Maybe even Meduza will see the light—miracles sometimes happen! (Sputnik V!)


Riley Waggaman was officially a “senior editor” at RT, but “newsroom errand boy” would have been a more appropriate job title. He has written for various outlets over the past decade. One time he even interviewed Jodie Foster. Why? No one knows.

Source: Edward Slavsquat

  1. ken says

    Yes,,, The pandemic of the unvaxxed!

    From MSN Health: (lol)
    The CDC also found that unvaccinated adults faced a six times as likely to contract the virus than fully vaccinated adults. The data marks the first time the CDC has released information about how Covid-19 risks can differ depending on vaccination status.” – Peter Wade October 15.

    Then this jewell:
    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that there wasn’t evidence of a single case in which an unvaccinated person with coronavirus antibodies had transmitted the virus to someone else.”

    “A search of our records failed to reveal any documents pertaining to your request,” said the CDC’s response to New York attorney Elizabeth Brehm. “The CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) conveyed that this information is not collected.”

    Lets play with some common sense. Since the unvaxxed does not spread the fantasy virus then how are the vaxxed getting some disease. Common sense says they’re getting something from the vaxx. (Likely the Fauci spike protein) Common sense says the vaxxed are spreading this something to the unvaxxed.

    Just like when it was announced by the CDC and the manufactures that the poisons did not prevent the disease or stop its spread it was immediately memory holed. I mean the next damn day the CDC was screaming “get the vax”

    Recently the MIC of the CDC (moron in charge) REPEATED,,, the vaxx does not prevent the spread!

    Yet here we are, Austria locking down the unvaxxed,,, Russia demonizing the unvaxxed and Australia beating the shit out of anyone that whispers the vaxx doesn’t work. Back in the States the army of decrepits in government that can still waddle around are pushing the businesses to fire the unvaxxed to stop the spread.

    The only spread we need stopped is their bullshit.

  2. Sally Snyder says

    Here is an article that compares the normal trial process for new vaccines the process used to gain EUA for the COVID-19 vaccines:


    When governments and public health officials are telling us that the vaccines have been fully tested even a cursory review shows that they are lying to an easily duped public.

  3. ken says

    RT doesn’t allow any debate when it goes against the narrative. I have just been censored by RT on their article “US Supreme Court Rejects Volkswagen’s Appeal”

    Here is basically what I wrote.

    Every car passed the tailpipe emissions test. The only question was in the CPU self testing. I myself tested a couple of these cars and they passed with flying colors.

    The unelected regulators are trying to eliminate the internal combustion car because of the climate change scam. Just about every pollutant has been eliminated in the IC engines since about 1998. Only CO2 is in the exhaust and it is NOT a pollutant.

    The EV’s are far dirtier than the IC cars as they suck their power from coal and gas fired power grid. The production of CO2 is greater at the power plant due to transmission line losses to the charging stations.

    EV batteries are pollution central which will soon end up be in thousands of waste pits.

    This is gospel truth but was rejected by RT so it’s not only the virus related stuff they censor. RT censors me on about half of my posts.

    1. ken says

      I have to add that no owner was injured. They got a car that got 50mpg which was the major reason the regulators came down on them so hard. It would have eviscerated any reason for owning a EV.

      Volkswagen’s offer to correct the problem was denied. The only problem owners had was the US would not allow the car to be registered.

      Again, the car passed all 50 states tailpipe tests.

    2. Field Empty says

      Yea I heard that they escalate the emission demands every couple of years.

  4. Matrixdissident says

    I hate when restaurants don’t have paper menus but expect everyone to use their cell phone to scan their stupid qr menu.I usually say something to the staff like Oh, sorry I forgot my tracking device. Just give me an actual menu mother f’rs.

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