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Russian state media mocks Trump by calling him ‘our Donald Ivanovych’

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Russian state TV is keenly following the twists and turns of the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump. 

But according to Julia Davis, who monitors Russian media, pro-Kremlin media doesn’t want the president removed from office any time soon. 

“Have you lost your minds that you want to remove our Donald Ivanovych?” she quotes TV host Vladimir Soloviev sarcastically remarking about the proceedings in an article for The Daily Beast. 

The host’s nickname plays on Trump’s full name, Donald John Trump, with ‘Ivan’ the Russian form of John, and according to Davis is characteristic of the patronizing tone often struck by Russian pundits when discussing the US president. 

Soloviev is a staunch defender of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and on his show “Evening With Vladimir Soloviev” quizzes experts and politicians about developments in current affairs —from a strongly pro-Kremlin stance. The show is broadcast of Rossiya 1, the country’s flagship TV network.

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Trump and Putin met at the APEC Summit in Vietnam in 2017.
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He came under scrutiny in July for helping to spread a doctored image on social media where an image of Putin had been photoshopped onto an empty chair round which world leaders were gathered, including Trump, at the G20 summit. The image made Putin appear as the leader at the center of the summit. 

Cynthia Hopper, a Professor of Russian History at the College of the Holy Cross, wrote in an article in October that Russian state media will spin coverage of the impeachment process to deride Trump and political divisions in the US, while echoing Trump’s criticisms of the Democrat-led impeachment probe as a partisan hit job. 

“This latest scandal, revolving around a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, is a gift for those wishing to advertise US dysfunction without seeming to engage in heavy-handed censorship or promote obviously deceptive propaganda,” she notes. 

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