Putin’s Champion Award

19th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

UN Special Rapporteur & former Algerian ambassador Idriss Jazairy

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers; (CC BY-ND 2.0)

for reportedly accepting 50 000 USD for writing a manipulated report to show Russia as “victim of EU & USA human rights abuses”

The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with

4

(of out 5) mark.


18th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:


University of Debrecen

Istvan, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 for its lack of intellectual integrity as it awarded honorary membership to Vladimir Putin

The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with

4,3

(of out 5) mark.


17th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

 Leader of the German political party FDP Christian Lindner

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Dirk Vorderstraße, CC 3.0

for supporting the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy by suggesting that Germany shall accept that Russia has illegally annexed part of Ukraine.

The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with

3,6

(of out 5) mark.
 

16th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

U. S. Senator Rand Paul

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Gage Skidmore CC 3.0

 for constantly advocating policies helpful to Vladimir Putin

The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with

3,4

(of out 5) mark.


15th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica

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Medija centar Beograd, CC 3.0

 for constantly advocating for the Kremlin’s positions.

The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with

2,9

(of out 5) mark.
 

14th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

German company Siemens

For breaking the anti-Russian sanctions by allowing its turbines to be delivered to Crimea, a Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia.
The Expert Jury ranked their Putin-supportive job with

4,2

(of out 5) mark.

13th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

German music band Scooter

Oleg Abarnikov, CC 2.0
For openly violating international law and posing as Kremlin tools in Russia-occupied Crimea.

 

 The Expert Jury ranked their Putin-supportive job with

3,2

(of out 5) mark.
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12th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is: 

Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura

For joining the Kremlin disinformation machine Russia Today and essentially playing the role of an useful idiot.

The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
2,8
(of out 5) mark.
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11th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Oliver Stone

For essentially becoming a Kremlin’s tool by providing Vladimir Putin with external legitimacy.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
4,1
(of out 5) mark.
Gage Skidmore, CC BY 3.0

 

 

 


10th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

For for meeting allegedly former Russian intelligence officer to discuss a high-profile Russian money laundering case.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
4,5
(of out 5) mark.

Image Source: Ak169808Own work, Public Domain

  

The rating signals how much the recipient contributed to the interest of the Putin’s aggressive régime. It is calculated as an average of ratings assessed by the Expert Jury of this Award.

 

 

 


9th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

FIFA

For shamefully siding with the Kremlin in censoring Western journalist in covering international football games in Russia.

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The Expert Jury ranked its Putin-supportive job with
5
(of out 5) mark.

Image Source: http://www.fifa.com

  

The rating signals how much the recipient contributed to the interest of the Putin’s aggressive régime. It is calculated as an average of ratings assessed by the Expert Jury of this Award.

 

 

 


8th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

For ignoring Russian aggression and willingness to renegotiate Ukrainian boarders.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
3,3
(of out 5) mark.

Image Source: Flickr, Place Au Peuple, CC BY-SA 2.0

  

The rating signals how much the recipient contributed to the interest of the Putin’s aggressive régime. It is calculated as an average of ratings assessed by the Expert Jury of this Award.

 

 

 


7th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Slovak Press Agency (TASR)

For for trying to team up with Sputnik to “fight pro-Kremlin hoaxes”.
After 24-hour public outcry, TASR cancelled the “content-sharing” agreement with Sputnik.

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The Expert Jury ranked its Putin-supportive job with
4
(of out 5) mark.

Image Source: http://www.tasr.sk

  

The rating signals how much the recipient contributed to the interest of the Putin’s aggressive régime. It is calculated as an average of ratings assessed by the Expert Jury of this Award.

 

 

 


6th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Andrew Napolitano

For disseminating the pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory that British intelligence spied on Donald Trump, based on a Russia Today story.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
3,5
(of out 5) mark.

Image Source: Gage Skidmore, CC BY 3.0

  

The rating signals how much the recipient contributed to the interest of the Putin’s aggressive régime. It is calculated as an average of ratings assessed by the Expert Jury of this Award.

 

 

 


5th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

For tirelessly copy-pasting political positions of Vladimir Putin – from mocking serious questions about Kremlin interference in U. S. election process to discarding fears of Russian pressure in the Baltic region.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
4,7
(of out 5) mark.

Image Source: Ak169808Own work, Public Domain

  

The rating signals how much the recipient contributed to the interest of the Putin’s aggressive régime. It is calculated as an average of ratings assessed by the Expert Jury of this Award.

 

 

 


4th Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Julian Assange

For serving as a loyal tool of the Kremlin for attacking selected politicians Moscow wants to be sinked.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
4,7
(of out 5) mark.
Image Source: David G Silvers. Cancillería del Ecuador, CC BY-SA 2.0

  

The rating signals how much the recipient contributed to the interest of the Putin’s aggressive régime. It is calculated as an average of ratings assessed by the Expert Jury of this Award.


3rd Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Oliver Stone

For helping Putin’s dictatorship by blaming the war in Ukraine on the United States and absurdly claiming Washington did it to “keep the concept of NATO alive”.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
2,4
(of out 5) mark.
Gage Skidmore, CC BY 3.0
  

2nd Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

François Fillon

For appeasing Russian aggression and blaming the West which allegedly “provoked” Moscow.

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The Expert Jury ranked his Putin-supportive job with
3,7
(of out 5) mark.
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1st Putin’s Champion Award Recipient Is:

Marine Le Pen 
For relentlessly supporting Putin’s aggressive foreign policy, such as illegal annexation of Ukrainian land in Crimea.

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The Expert Jury ranked her Putin-supportive job with
3,6
(of out 5) mark.
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  Foto-AG Gymnasium Melle, (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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What is the Putin’s Champion Award?

The Putin’s Champion Award is a tool which indicates the amount of friendliness and appeasement of the Western public figures towards the Russian Federation’s policies which are set to undermine its neighbourhood and the West.

Please notice, that the Putin’s Champion Award is to be taken with a certain degree of hyperbole and satire.

What’s the reason behind it?
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In recent years, the Russian Federation has invaded its neighbours, occupies their territories and it is wagging a campaign of hostile & illegitimate foreign influence to the domestic affairs of democratic countries which are opposing Russian geopolitical aspirations.

Russia uses the achievements and shortcomings of the contemporary Western world as a weapon against it. In a fight, where it uses even common Western citizens as its foot soldiers, it is waging disinformation campaigns to undermine people’s trust towards their countries’ political systems and geopolitical directions. It is supporting anti-system parties to uproot over 60 years of successful European and Transatlantic cooperation, and its core aim is to knock out what it justifiably sees as a resolute opponent to its illegitimate geopolitical aspirations threatening the freedom and sovereignty of the countries in its neighbourhood.

Without any aim to limit freedom of speech, but in reality use it as much as possible, we aim to monitor, scrutinize and expose the activities of public figures, which help the Kremlin to achieve its goals. That is the purpose of the Putin’s Champion Award.

kremlmetr_3-01How does it work?

We invite the transatlantic expert community and interested public to nominate their picks on Twitter. You can nominate by tweeting the person or action with hashtag #PutinChampion.

All the nominees are then put into polls on our Twitter account for public voting, from which the winners will emerge. The winners are picked based on the nomination, the amount of received votes, and the collective opinion of the Expert Jury.

What is Expert Jury for?

Due to the sensitivity and complexity of this project, we have asked an international group of experts regarding the Russian influence on the West to joint the Expert Jury.

The Jury nominates its own candidates. We ask them to rank the winner on a scale from zero to five.


The members of the Jury:

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Jessikka Aro

Investigative journalist of the Finnish Broadcasting Company

Peter Kreko

Senior Associate at Political Capital Institute

Nerijus Maliukevičius

Scientific researcher at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science

Anton Shekhovtsov

Research Fellow at IWM

John Schindler

Counterintelligence analyst and author at Observer

  

Jakub Janda

Head of the Kremlin Watch Programme

 


Previous nominations

During 2016, we have started this award as “PutinVersteher of the Week”. You can find past nominations here.