‘You Can Lie Remotely’: Russian MFA Spokeswoman Zakharova Piques NYT Headhunt in Moscow


Around a week ago, The New York Times posted a “legendary” job offer, seeking a daredevil who would cover Russia – a country that, according to the outlet, “has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy”.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova rolled out a sarcastic Facebook comment on the latest NYT job offer for a Russia correspondent in Moscow.

The vacancy offered the “legendary position” of Moscow reporter, touting the possibility of covering “Vladimir Putin’s Russia” for The NYT, rolling out a list of devious things that the future journalist could encounter, recalling nerve agents, private military contractors, cyber agents and COVID patients.

In her Facebook comment, Zakharova ridiculed the job description, pointing out that the “inhuman conditions” offered to the possible candidate would not seduce anyone and that NYT journalists would be safer working from the US – where, apparently, there are no “squads armed with nerve agents”, “cyber agents sowing chaos in the West” or “private military contractors around the globe” deployed to “secretly spread the influence”.

The MFA spokeswoman observed that a potential candidate could “lie just as wonderfully remotely”, sarcastically pointing out that the lucky journalist in this position would produce “a few fables” at the cost of undergoing the purported risks described by the…

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