On Wednesday, KPRF head Gennady Zyuganov said that his controversial comment branding the American diplomat slain in Libya last week “the lowest dog” was “distorted” by Twitter’s 140-character limit. On Monday, “Zyuganov wrote in his Twitter microblog, “The American ambassador to Libya was shot like the lowest dog. He was the main expert on the Libyan ‘revolution’. He reaped what he sowed”. On 11 September, American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed along with three colleagues when rioters attacked the American consulate in Benghazi during protests about a trailer for the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims. The US State Department condemned Zyuganov’s comment.
However, Zyuganov later told RIA-Novosti that his words were taken out of context, and that only a couple of sentences were snatched and tweeted from a much longer statement by his aides. By “shot like the lowest dog”, he said that he’d implied, “shot mercilessly, without pity”, and that the statement was a condemnation of violence. Nevertheless, he stood by his “reap what you sow” remark, and said that American “interference” in the affairs of sovereign states was coming back to haunt them “like a boomerang”. Kommersant reported that Zyuganov’s spokesman said that the employee responsible for managing the KPRF leader’s Twitter account is Denis Parfyonov. Parfyonov told Kommersant his responsibility only covers the technical aspects of the Twitter account, and Zyuganov dictates all tweets personally, saying, “We type in what Gennady Andreyevich says word-for-word; we don’t make anything up”.
19 September 2012