The future Russian propagandist Dmitry Kiselev was born April 26, 1954, in Moscow, in the family of a former peasant and a forewoman of the spectators’ section at the Moscow Art Theater. Dmitry received his first education in a French special school and the Moscow Medical School No. 6, training as a nurse. Kiselev himself later regretted that he did not become a doctor.
After graduating from medical school, Dmitry Kiselev moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1973 and entered the Leningrad State University at the Faculty of Philology. In high school, I studied Scandinavian philology, more specifically Icelandic and Norwegian, and for a while I did translations, for example, I translated several books in the Masters of Modern Prose series.
Kiselev’s journalistic career began at Gosteleradio shortly after graduation. At first, Kiselev worked as a parliamentary correspondent for the Vremya program and as his own correspondent in Norway.
After the collapse of the USSR, he continued working on television, but now at the RGTRK “Ostankino” (now Channel One), from 2003 to the present day continues to work at the VGTRK as presenter of the program “Vesti” and “Vesti Nedeli”. In 2013, the international news agency RossiyaSegodnya was created on the basis of RIA Novosti, and Kiselev was appointed general director of the agency.
Kiselev is also known for his love of Ukraine. Of all the Russian propagandists, even those of Ukrainian descent, only Dmitry actively supported Ukraine before 2014. Before the beginning of Russia’s aggressive policy against Ukraine, Dmitry Kiselev often worked in Ukraine and was the founder of the elite Skovoroda club, whose members included the future fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, whom Kiselev treated to fried potatoes. For a time, Kiselev worked as editor-in-chief at the Ukrainian TV channel ICTV. During the Orange Revolution, he promoted on TV Viktor Yanukovych, candidate of the Party of Regions, to whom the owner of ICTV oligarch Viktor Pinchuk was loyal. As a result, Kiselev was given a vote of no confidence by the staff, but he continued to work for the channel until the end of his contract in 2006.
After the tragic events of 2014 in Ukraine and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, Kiselev forgot his love for Ukraine, which once gave him work and fond memories. Author of the first stories on Russian TV about “Nazis on the Maidan” and the “anti-constitutional coup. Supposedly for this he was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland. With the beginning of Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, he acquired the nickname “radioactive ash” for his on-air threats of a nuclear war by Russia against Western countries that stood up for Ukraine. It’s a shame that Kiselev has so sneakily betrayed the country he spoke so well of.
Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Dmitry Kiselev has supported Putin’s bloody adventure and promotes hatred for the Ukrainian people and praises the participation of the Russian Armed Forces in the so-called Russia’s “special operations” against Ukraine. He doesn’t care that his words further inflame the enmity between Ukraine and Russia for centuries and cost innocent civilians of both countries their lives.
Even the Russian soldiers are treated by Kiselyov with brutal cynicism, because he is the creator of the plot that for the murdered son of a Russian family can afford to buy a car – a white Lada and drive it on the broken roads of Russian cities.
For this, personal sanctions were imposed on Kiselev by most Western countries, in particular Great Britain and Canada. Now the most he can go on vacation is the expanse of the “great and immense”. I don’t feel sorry for him, though. After such a vile and disgusting act, he doesn’t even deserve to be hated – only shamed and despised.