'What are you so afraid of?': ABC News journalist asks tough questions to Putin; Twitterati say 'give her a medal'

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, June 17, 2021, 11:39 AM IST
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ABC congressional correspondent Rachel Scott and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L-R) | Photo: Twitter/@rachelvscott (L) PTI (R)

An ABC News reporter went viral on Twitter on Wednesday after she confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin on his "long" list of "political opponents who are dead, imprisoned, or jailed.” She asked what the President was "so afraid of."

As per a report by The Hill, when Putin appeared for his solo news briefing in Switzerland after his summit with President Biden, the ABC congressional correspondent Rachel Scott questioned the Russian President.

Scott asked, “The list of your political opponents who are dead, prisoned or jailed is long.”

She added that the opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption organization has called for “free and fair elections and an end to corruption, but Russia has outlawed that organization, calling it ‘extremist.’

"And you have now prevented anyone who supports him to run for office,” said Scott.

“So, my question is, Mr. President: what are you so afraid of?” Scott asked.

Putin, however, evaded the question by speaking of a U.S. policy that would “particularly favor individual organizations in Russia, and at the same time, they declared the Russian Federation as an enemy," as per an interpreter.

“You didn’t answer my question, sir,” Scott responded. “If all of your political opponents are dead, in prison, poisoned, doesn’t that send a message that you do not want a fair political fight?”

The Russian leader once again sidestepped the question, instead bringing up the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Watch the video here.

However, the fierceness of the reporter has gone viral today on Twitter for asking the question.

Here's how people are reacting. Have a look.

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