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Kremlin Ally: Ban Euronews Over Putin-Hitler Footage

A pro-Kremlin legislator says Russia should ban Euronews over footage showing Ukrainian forces using an image depicting President Vladimir Putin as Adolf Hitler for target practice.

The newspaper "Izvestia" reports United Russia party lawmaker Mikhail Markelov has urged the state communications regulator to investigate what it says was repeated use of the clip on Euronews on September 12.

Markelov believes "there is every reason a criminal case and also stop broadcasts by the European channel on the territory of the Russian Federation," the newspaper reported on September 15.

It quoted him as saying the footage violates Russian hate-crimes legislation and is aimed at "setting Europe against Russia, which would never show [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel as Eva Braun or an item in which poeple in Ku Klux Klan costumes commit an outrage against a portrait of [U.S. President Barack] Obama."