Maria Zakharova

The Moscow Times - - RUSSIAN TALES -

Maria Zakharova, the 41-year-old spokesper­son of Rus­sia’s For­eign Min­istry, needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion in me­dia cir­cles. She makes head­lines al­most as of­ten as her ac­tual boss, the sea­soned min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov. A mae­stro in the guerilla use of so­cial me­dia, Zakharova’s brash and bel­liger­ent Face­book state­ments are of­ten picked up as sep­a­rate news sto­ries by state-run news agen­cies, such as TASS and RIA Novosti. With sub­scribers to her Face­book page top­ping 300,000 peo­ple, she is un­doubt­edly one of the celebri­ties of Rus­sian pol­i­tics.

She is known to pick a fight with jour­nal­ists, and took things to a new level in Fe­bru­ary with a cam­paign to out “fake” for­eign news on Rus­sia.

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