Vladimir Rudolfovich Solovyov is the Kremlin's chief propagandist, a Russian TV presenter, head of the Union of Journalists of Russia, and a member of the Russian political party United Russia. He is known for his anti-Ukrainian statements.
Solovyov was born on October 20, 1963 in Moscow into a Jewish family. In 1986, he graduated with a red diploma from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys. He was a member of the presidium of the Russian Jewish Congress.
From 1990 to 1992 he lived in the United States. He was invited to teach at the university, but after his first semester, Solovyov was fired. Then he moonlighted and tried to set up his own business.
In 1997, he was invited to work for Silver Rain Radio. Until 2010, the propagandist aired the station with his morning show Nightingale Warblings. In 1999, he began his television career.
In 2005, Solovyov participated in the congress of the Nashi movement, which was created by the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was involved in training members of the movement. In 2012, by Putin's decree, he became a member of the Public Television Council.
He has real estate in Italy, as well as an Italian resident's certificate.
Solovyov is the host of the Russian propaganda programs Duel and Sunday Night with Vladimir Solovyov on the Russia-1 channel, and Morning with Vladimir Solovyov and Anna Shafran on Vesti FM. He was named one of the winners in the April 14, 2014 "March of Truth" in Moscow for journalistic lies, along with Dmitry Kiselev and Ekaterina Andreeva.
InAugust 2014, Ukraine put Solovyov on its sanctions list for his stance on the war in southeastern Ukraine and Russia's annexation of Crimea.
On propaganda programs, he repeatedly resorted to Ukrainian-phobic rhetoric and called Euromaidans fascists. Specifically:
The propagandist stated that if desired, the aggressor country Russia could allegedly make Ukraine disappear in an instant.
In addition, he threatened the sovereign state with the annexation of new territories by the Russian Federation. The propagandist justified such plans of the aggressor country by the fact that it allegedly "has not heard all the Russians yet.
Solovyov also caustically noted that peace in Ukraine would allegedly come only when the aggressor country needs it. It is noteworthy that by "peace" he meant a full-scale war.
Solovyov stated that Russia would never stop destroying the "Bandera people. The reason for the dispute was a fake that Kornilov voiced about allegedly chemical attacks in Donbas being prepared by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.