Mad Vlad's mistress Alina Kabaeva has bigged up Russia's state news anchors who continue to threaten the UK and its allies with a nuclear strike.
The 39-year-old said all Russians are in a "fight for our country" almost a year after the invasion of Ukraine.
Kabaeva, an Olympic gold-winning gymnast, usually keeps a low profile, but made a rare public appearance at a Moscow event to mark the founding pro-Putin news group National Media Group, which she heads.
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“Let’s wish success to every one of us, and to all of us together,” said the unofficial first lady.
“Our people need this success.
“Because information work….in the conditions we live today, and the fight for our country – it is like a combat weapon.”
She described the media as being “not at all inferior in its significance to the Kalashnikov machine gun."
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"War correspondents are well aware of this. Let’s keep working.”
Putin's tight grip on all of Russia's news and media is thought to be one of the key reasons why the Kremlin is able to continue it's brutal campaign in Ukraine without more opposition from ordinary Russian's.
The Kremlin has previously denied a relationship between Putin and Kabaeva, but they are widely believed to have been engaged in a secret relationship for at least 15 years.
At the same event was leading Putin propagandist and media executive Dmitry Kiselyov, who notoriously told viewers that Russia should “plunge Britain into the depths of the sea” in a nuclear attack with its “underwater robotic drone Poseidon” causing a radioactive tsunami.
“The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo close to Britain's shores will raise a giant wave, a tsunami, up to 500 metres high," he said.
"This tidal wave is also a carrier of extremely high doses of radiation.
“Surging over Britain, it will turn what is probably left of them into radioactive desert.”
Kabaeva has throughout the war kept largely out of the public eye, leading to her nickname “The Invisible Princess”.
The UK government described her as "having a close personal relationship with Putin.”
Her salary at the media group, which controls multiple pro-Putin TV and newspaper outlets, has been estimated at £8 million a year, compared to the average Russian salary of £5,600.
Kabaeva once posed scantily clad for Maxim magazine and was described as “full of sex” by a photographer.
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