Musk posed with smiling Nailya Asker-Zade, a host for All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), and sanctioned by both the UK and Canada.
Elon Musk Takes Selfie With Russian Propagandist At World Cup
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December 20, 2022

While hanging out in the most exclusive box at the World Cup final, with other villains like Jared Kushner and Ken Griffin, Republican mega-donor, Elon Musk took time for a selfie with one of Vladimir Putin's most hateful propagandists, someone who's said that Russia should wipe Ukraine off the face of the earth.

Source: Newsweek

Nailya Asker-zade, a sanctioned pro-Kremlin state TV presenter, made headlines when she was photographed with Elon Musk over the weekend.

While attending Sunday's World Cup final between France and Argentina in Qatar, the Tesla CEO caused a stir after he was spotted taking a selfie with Asker-zade, a propagandist for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The 35-year-old TV presenter and journalist, who is of Azerbaijani descent, was seen asking Musk for a picture, which she later uploaded on social media.
The influential propagandist, who works for the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), was sanctioned by the U.K. and Canada after Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine last February.

Asker-Zade has repeatedly voiced support for the Russian president and has accused the West of attacking Russia during the war.

And like many others before her, she appears to have been helped to get where she is now on her back, with her close ties to a Russian oligarch, bedding the much older Andrei Koslin, Putin's banker.

She is widely believed to be in a long-term relationship with Russian oligarch Andrei Kostin, chairman of VTB Bank, which has also been sanctioned by the West.

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