Russian university student Yegor Zhukov, who recently confronted Kremlin repression, was jailed, and then released on a suspended sentence, declared in a recent interview with independent Russian television that he wants to be president of the Russian Federation.
Zhukov is famous for using the infamous ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ flag from the American Revolution during his Youtube videos promoting individual responsibility and libertarianism.
“I want to be the president of the country,” he said in an appearance on the independent Dozhd television channel.
“Your honor, the darker my future, the wider I smile toward it,” he declared to the judge in his recent widely publicized trial, reported The Moscow Times.
Beyond continuing with the blog, he said, he plans to finish his university degree by next summer. He’s also going to host a talk show on the liberal Ekho Moskvy radio station and write for Novaya Gazeta.
“These are other ways I see to keep spreading my ideas,” he said. “That’s my goal right now: for the focus not to be on me, but on the ideas.”
His ideas have raised eyebrows. Critics have pointed to his support of Jordan Peterson, a Canadian thinker who has been described as a purveyor of “fascist mysticism.” They have also noted one video from January of this year titled “Feminism Is Dangerous,” in which Zhukov, seated behind a desk with a red Make America Great Again cap on it, tells his audience: “Today the nutcases are lefties and particularly left-wing feminists.”
“It taught me that I need to carefully express my views,” he said recently in response to criticism. “At the end of the day, I want the same thing as Russian feminists. For transgender people’s rights to be respected, for same-sex marriage to be legal, for there to be a law against domestic violence. I just don’t believe in classifying people according to collective identities,” reported The Moscow Times.
Regarding his future, “We are still figuring it all out,” Zhukov said. “The idea for now is to say: stay tuned.”
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