Russian Politician Threatens to Have Dem Congressman 'Ice-Axed' After NSFW Clapback to Kidnapping Threat
As Russian forces continue to mobilize near the Ukrainian border, Russian politician and Putin ally publicly called for the kidnapping and imprisonment of Democratic U.S. House member Ruben Gallego of Arizona.
Zhuravlyov's comments were in response to a recent congressional delegation to Ukraine that Gallego led, after which he indicated support for increasing arms provisions to the border that would "put a toll on the Russian troop movements and, you know, unfortunately that means we have to kill some Russians."
Zhuravlyov said in response:
“We should be looking for that bud, and if he travels anywhere — grab him like [Viktor] Bout and bring him over here ... This is how we should be acting ... Spend 25 years in prison and then when you get out — 'IF' you get out — you can tell us whom you wanted to kill."
Gallego offered a blunt response on Twitter.
Apparently, this enraged Zhuravlyov, who said on Russian state television:
“So, you recognize what, expensive buddy? We will sentence you right here and we’ve loads of folks like [Spanish communist and Soviet Union agent Ramón] Mercader—former Hero of the Soviet Union—who will perform our verdict. Mercader is the one who ice-axed Trotsky to demise, as a result of the United States sentenced him to die. You, [obscenity], take a look at that, American pindos, you’ll be sentenced right here and there’s nothing you are able to do. You’ll be working throughout [obscenity] America in a bulletproof vest, as a result of there’ll be individuals who will drive you to respect [Russia]."
The threat raised eyebrows on social media.
This is insane. The administration has got to say something about this. https://t.co/8OtX82QQqd
— Maureen (@BronxGirl1357) December 19, 2021
New sanctions, please. Lots of them. https://t.co/aa56M6IAfp
— GirlSparky Biden +99 (@girlsparky_) December 18, 2021
WTAF? What’s our recourse here? Zhuravlyov is threatening to KILL someone, a very particular someone. Can he DO THAT with impunity? https://t.co/VfcahxqLwN
— Lainie Marsh (@lainiemarsh) December 18, 2021
Again: do not ignore this threat.
Putin deploys all of his arsenal in this test, from a 175,000 troop-buildup to a State Duma member issuing a death threat on a Congressman promising to ensure the US provides sufficient military aid to allied Ukraine.
Putin awaits a response. https://t.co/mCgBNu5l4n
— Eric Chenoweth (@EricDChenoweth) December 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Gallego's initial response continues to garner support.
Millions upon millions upon millions upon millions got your back.
— Mama V (@VickiMo08056436) December 15, 2021
Good for you! We stand with you Representative.
— 🇺🇸DaleWillResist📣 (@awelab1956) December 16, 2021
Congressman, the awesomeness of this Tweet is immeasurable.
— Todd Breasseale (@TBreasseale) December 16, 2021
It's unclear what, if any, steps are being taken to ensure Gallego's safety.